HB 778 - State examining boards; licensing tests; certain credit

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 778 - State examining boards; licensing tests; certain credit

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Code Sections - 43-1-13.1
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House Comm: Ind / Senate Comm: / House Vote: Yeas Nays Senate Vote: Yeas Nays ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 2/17/95 Read 1st Time 2/20/95 Read 2nd Time ---------------------------------------- Code Sections amended:
HB 778 LC 24 0060 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Chapter 1 of Title 43 of the Official Code of 1- 2 Georgia Annotated, relating to professions and businesses in 1- 3 general, so as to provide for state examining boards to 1- 4 grant a preference in the administration of licensing tests 1- 5 and examinations to persons who have completed certain 1- 6 relevant training at certain educational institutions under 1- 7 the jurisdiction of the Department of Technical and Adult 1- 8 Education; to provide for exceptions; to provide for other 1- 9 related matters; to provide for an effective date and 1-10 applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other 1-11 purposes. 1-12 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA SECTION 1. 1-13 Chapter 1 of Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia 1-14 Annotated, relating to professions and businesses in 1-15 general, is amended by adding after Code Section 43-1-13 a 1-16 new Code Section 43-1-13.1 to read as follows: 1-17 "43-1-13.1. (Index) 1-18 (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this 1-19 Code section, this Code section shall apply to each state 1-20 examining board which requires the satisfactory completion 1-21 of any test or examination as a condition of obtaining 1-22 from the examining board a license or other permission to 1-23 conduct or carry on the profession or business regulated 1-24 by such state examining board. Each such state examining 1-25 board shall grant a preference or credit on the test or 1-26 examination score of any applicant for licensure who has 1-27 satisfactorily completed a course of study which: 1-28 (1) Is conducted by an educational institution which is 1-29 operated under the standards, rules, regulations, and 1-30 policies established by the State Board of Technical and 1-31 Adult Education pursuant to paragraph (1) of Code 1-32 Section 20-4-11; -1- (Index) LC 24 0060 2- 1 (2) Is directly related to the conduct of the profession 2- 2 or business for which the applicant seeks to be 2- 3 licensed; and 2- 4 (3) Consists of at least ten quarter hours or the 2- 5 equivalent thereof. 2- 6 (b)(1) The amount of the preference or credit to be 2- 7 granted under subsection (a) of this Code section shall 2- 8 be 5 percent of the maximum possible score on the test 2- 9 or examination; and such preference or credit shall be 2-10 added to the score of the applicant prior to the 2-11 determination of whether the applicant has successfully 2-12 completed the test or examination. As an illustration 2-13 of the foregoing, if the maximum possible score is 100 2-14 percent and the normal passing score is 70 percent, then 2-15 a person entitled to the preference granted by this Code 2-16 section would achieve a passing grade with a raw test 2-17 score of 65 percent. 2-18 (2) If a test or examination subject to this Code 2-19 section is given in parts or by subjects and the 2-20 applicant is required to make a minimum grade on each of 2-21 the parts or subjects, the percentage credit or 2-22 preference to which the applicant is entitled shall be 2-23 added to the score made on each part or subject prior to 2-24 the determination of whether the applicant has 2-25 successfully completed each part or subject. 2-26 (c) Each state examining board subject to this Code 2-27 section shall specify by rule or regulation the courses of 2-28 study eligible for credit on each test or examination 2-29 conducted by or on behalf of that examining board. Any 2-30 course of study shall be designated as eligible for such 2-31 credit if such course of study meets the requirements 2-32 specified in subsection (a) of this Code section; and no 2-33 state examining board shall impose any other or different 2-34 requirements for such courses of study. 2-35 (d) A state examining board shall not be subject to the 2-36 provisions of this Code section with respect to any test 2-37 or examination for licensure in a profession or business 2-38 if the completion of a college or postgraduate level 2-39 course of study is by law a prerequisite to licensure to 2-40 engage in such profession or business. 2-41 (e) Where an applicant is otherwise eligible for both the 2-42 credit provided for in this Code section and a veteran's -2- (Index) LC 24 0060 3- 1 credit provided for in Code Section 43-1-9, the applicant 3- 2 shall be entitled to the benefit of both such credits." SECTION 2. 3- 3 This Act shall become effective for the purpose of adoption 3- 4 of rules and regulations immediately upon this Act's 3- 5 approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without 3- 6 such approval. For all other purposes, this Act shall 3- 7 become effective July 1, 1995, and shall apply with respect 3- 8 to tests and examinations administered on or after July 1, 3- 9 1995. SECTION 3. 3-10 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 3-11 repealed. -3- (Index)

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