**S4468-2011: Provides for distance learning for continuing education of home inspectors and hearing aid dispensers **
BILL NUMBER:S4468TITLE OF BILL:An actto amend the real property law and the generalbusiness in relation to the approval of distance learningcourses for continuing educationPURPOSE OF BILL:This proposal would permit on-line and distance learning for homeinspector and hearing aid dispenser continuing education courses.SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:Section one of the bill would amend Real Property Law §444-f(1) topermit the Secretary of State to approve distance learning coursesfor home inspector continuing education courses.Section two of the bill would amend General Business Law §794(1) topermit the Secretary of State to approve distance learning coursesfor hearing aid dispenser continuing education courses.Section three sets an immediate effective date.EXISTING LAW:Current law does not authorize online, computer-based learning forhome inspectors and hearing aid dispensers.PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:This is a new bill.STATEMENT IN SUPPORT:Online and distance learning is currently permitted for continuingeducation in all disciplines regulated by the Department of State,except home inspectors and hearing aid dispensers. Especially inUpstate communities and rural areas, approved providers are limitedand course offerings sparse. The Department has received anecdotalevidence from licensees in these areas who have encountereddifficulties locating courses or had to travel greatdistances to obtain the required education. Distance learning providesa great convenience to all licensees. This method of course deliveryincreases access to approved continuing education courses and allowslicensees to take continuing education according to their ownschedules, thereby reducing the need to take time off from work toattend live courses.BUDGET IMPLICATIONS:None.EFFECTIVE DATE:The bill would become effective immediately.It appears that the NYS DOS has requested this bill, and hoepfully it will pass. Upon passing it will take effect immediately. Hopefully all the NACHI courses will be approved ASAP.