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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 4, 2015 01:44 PM
From: Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Provisional Vocational Certificate Expansion
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to provide a clearer interpretation of the credits needed to obtain a Vocational II certification and the time-frame in which they are obtained.

Currently, regulation requires that 18 credits are needed to obtain a Vocational I certificate which is valid for six years. In order to obtain a Vocational II certificate, 60 credits are needed along with three years of satisfactory teaching. One may interpret this as a total of 78 credits are needed to obtain Vocational II certification within a six-year period, with three years of satisfactory teaching. The confusion is the 18 of those 78 credits are to be obtained within the six-year period, leaving the remaining 60 credits to be obtained with no clear time frame.

This legislation will clear up any discrepancies by allowing a vocational teacher to obtain 78 credits within an eight year timeframe; which includes the three years of satisfactory teaching in order to gain a Vocational Instructional II certificate. This legislation will eliminate the possibility for confusion on credits and timeframe since there is no specific timeframe for a Vocational II certificate to coincide with the additional 60 credits.

Last session, this was HB822. Previous Co-Sponsors included – V. Brown, Brownlee, Carroll, Cohen, DeLuca, J. Harris, Kinsey, Kortz, Longietti, O’Brien, O’Neill, Parker, Readshaw, Scholossberg, Tallman, and Thomas.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact my office at 717-787-7044.

Thank you for your support.

Introduced as HB781