EMERGENCY DECLARATION POLICIES
In the event of an Emergency Declaration by the Governor of the State of Texas for the State and/or counties therein, the Texas Court Clerks Association, through the Education and Certification Committee has the right to make “emergency” adjustments to the Policies and Procedures of “The Committee”
For the TMCEC Academic Year 2021 “The Committee” has adopted the following Emergency Policies:
I. Continuing Education hours for Level 1 or Level 2 Certification: 12 hours required
A. 12 hours of continuing education may be achieved through live, virtual live or virtual education, such as webinars.
B. Hours achieved through TCCA or TMCEC are pre-approved.
C. Hours outside of TCCA or TMCEC require approval through the TCCA online request portal
A. No more than 12 hours of continuing education be achieved through pre-recorded education or “webinars”
B. A minimum of 8 hours must be achieved through live or “virtual live” education through an “approved provider”.
C. Hours achieved through TCCA or TMCEC are pre-approved.
D. Hours outside of TCCA or TMCEC require approval through the TCCA online request portal
III. INTIAL CERTIFICATION for Level 1 or Level 2 Certification: 40 hours required within the previous 3-year period.
A. No more than 8 hours of continuing education may be achieved through pre-recorded education or “webinars”.
B. If not previously attended: Clerk must attend a 32 hour “virtual live” New Clerks Education session through TMCEC.
C. If a clerk previously attended a New Clerks Seminar; or has a long tenure as court staff. The clerk must:
1. Attend a “virtual live” Regional Seminar for a minimum of 16 hours of live credit with pre-conference session, or2. Attend a “virtual live” program(s) offered by TMCEC, other than a Regional Seminar —for a minimum of 16 hours of live credit.3. The Committee will make determination of “long tenure” upon submission by the clerk. This may be done prior to submittal of certification application, but will be entertained when the application is submitted.4. Live hours from the previous three years will be needed to “round out” the requirement of 40 hours for initial certification at the level requested.
IV. INTIAL CERTIFICATION for Level 3
A. Please contact the Education Committee Chair or Mentor for information; as most cases for emergency review are evaluated on a case-to-case basis.
Pat Riffel, CMCC
Education Committee Co-Chair
Tracy Ventura, CMCC