Wilkes University


Mandatory Child Abuse Training

Training can be completed at: www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu

This is the second reminder to P4s about the new Act 31requirements. The first notification was sent via Nesbitt News on December 18, 2014.

All people wishing to get licensed in a health related discipline (i.e. people applying to be licensed as a pharmacist) after January 1, 2015 will be required to complete three hours of child abuse recognition training. This is a Pennsylvania requirement. A list of approved providers of this training can be found at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/con_ed_providers/21920

While we are unsure at this point how the PA State Board of Pharmacy will enforce this law, the language in the law does state that:
(3) Each licensing board with jurisdiction over professional licensees identified as mandated reporters under this chapter shall:
(i) Require all persons applying for a license or certification issued by the licensing board to submit documentation acceptable to the licensing board of the completion of at least three hours of approved child abuse recognition and reporting training. Training shall address, but shall not be limited to, recognition of the signs of child abuse and the reporting requirements for suspected child abuse in this Commonwealth. Training shall be approved by the department. The training may occur as part of the continuing education requirement of the license.

Students who complete the training are advised to keep documentation of their completion until the State Board of Pharmacy determines how they will enforce the law. You may need to provide this documentation when applying for licensure.
More information about the law can be found at www.dos.state.pa.us/pharm