27 NCAC 01D .2806         Standards for Continued Certification as a Specialist

The period of certification is five years.  Prior to the expiration of the certification period, a certified specialist who desires continued certification must apply for continued certification within the time limit described in Rule .2806(d) below.  No examination will be required for continued certification.  However, each applicant for continued certification as a specialist shall comply with the specific requirements set forth below in addition to any general standards required by the board of all applicants for continued certification.

(a)  Substantial Involvement - The specialist must demonstrate that, for each of the five years preceding application, he or she has had substantial involvement in the specialty as defined in Rule .2805(b) of this subchapter.

(b)  Continuing Legal Education - The specialist must earn no less than 60 hours of accredited continuing legal education credits in Social Security disability law and related fields during the five years preceding application.  Not less than six of the credits may be earned in any one year. Of the 60 hours of CLE, at least 20 hours shall be in Social Security disability law, and the balance may be in the following related fields: trial skills and advocacy; practice management; medical injuries, medicine, or anatomy; ERISA; labor and employment law; elder law; workers' compensation law; veterans' disability law; and the law relating to long term disability or Medicaid/Medicare claims.

(c)  Peer Review - The specialist must comply with the requirements of Rule .2805(d) of this subchapter.

(d)  Time for Application - Application for continued certification shall be made not more than 180 days nor less than 80 days prior to the expiration of the prior period of certification.

(e)  Lapse of Certification - Failure of a specialist to apply for continued certification in a timely fashion will result in a lapse of certification.  Following such lapse, recertification will require compliance with all requirements of Rule .2805 of this subchapter, including the examination.

(f)  Suspension or Revocation of Certification - If an applicant's certification has been suspended or revoked during the period of certification, then the application shall be treated as if it were for initial certification under Rule .2805 of this subchapter.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 84-23;

Eff. March 2, 2006;

Amended Eff. March 10, 2011.