CONTINUING EDUCATION COVID-19 UPDATE

April 22, 2020: As our state continues to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, CITC’s Continuing Education Department is focusing on the process of how best to reopen in-class continuing education courses (CEUs). We want to ensure the health and safety of our staff, faculty, and students once classes begin. With recommendations from the State of Washington, CDC, local and national trade organizations along with other higher-educational institutions, CITC has made the decision to extend the suspension of in-class CEUs through mid-July.

Once in-class CEU courses resume, CITC will implement a range of safety protocols that adhere to Washington State and national recommendations including but not limited to: social distancing; smaller class sizes; staggered schedules; increased facility cleaning; and encouraged hygiene practices such as washing hands and real-time sanitizing practices in spaces that students, staff and faculty frequently touch.

If guidelines from the State change, and we are able to offer in-class CEUs prior to mid-July, a notice will be sent out via email. Additionally, updates will be posted on our website at ceu.citcwa.com.

We realize this extension may cause some frustration amongst our students and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to ensure that our in-class CEU instruction can continue in the safest manner possible. Please see the information below from the Department of Labor and Industries related to your license type for additional renewal information.

Electrical Trainees

Electrical Trainees who are not currently enrolled in a State-Approved Apprenticeship Program are the most affected by the stay-in-place order, and your renewal requirements are at the forefront of our decision making process. As a reminder, Electrical Trainees must complete their CEU hours in a classroom setting – online, correspondence, or video conferencing classes are not valid for this license type.

L&I will allow Trainees who renew their certificates without completing the required classroom instruction to continue working with their certificate in inactive status until 60 days following April 24, or later if the Stay-In-Place order is extended beyond that date. For more information and updates on this extension, visit: https://lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/_docs/Elc2004.pdf or contact L&I’s Electrical Department at 360-902-5269.

Journey-level Electricians

Electrical Journeyman, Administrators, and Master Electricians will be required to complete your continuing education by your current expiration date. These license types allow the holder to utilize online or correspondence courses to complete required CEUs and therefore an extension will not be granted. To view CITC’s Online Electrical Courses, please visit ceu.citcwa.com/category/online-electrical/

Plumbers and Plumber Trainees

Plumber Trainees and Journey-level Plumbers will be required to complete your continuing education by your current expiration date. These license types allow the holder to utilize online or correspondence courses to complete required CEUs and therefore an extension will not be granted. To view CITC’s Online Plumbing Courses, please visit ceu.citcwa.com/category/online-plumbing/

Exam Prep

Currently, all exam testing for Electrical and Plumbing has been put on hold, with no tentative dates available for when they will resume. CITC is monitoring these dates closely so that we can offer Exam Prep classes as soon as necessary.

What Next?

CITC will be working on a schedule of in-class CEUs to begin in mid-July. Students who had been registered for classes for March 16 through May 11 can transfer to upcoming dates once they have been made available. We encourage all students to check back at ceu.citcwa.com throughout the next couple of months for updates to the schedule. Staff will also reach out to students once classes are available to assist you with rescheduling.

Contact Us

For additional assistance, contact the Continuing Education Department via email at ceu@citcwa.com or toll-free at 877-238-8646. Please note that while the stay-in-place order is still active, staff members are working remotely and therefore email correspondence will likely receive the quickest reply.

Please stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented time!