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Continuing Education

Chemeketa Community College offers a variety of very affordable online continuing education courses for Driver Ed instructors. Please check out their website.

Instructors may choose to attend one of the WOU Traffic Safety Education training courses in order to meet their required continuing education hours. Instructors wishing to earn continuing education hours in this manner are required to register through WOU prior to the start of the course, and he/she must pay a $25 processing fee in order to receive a Certificate of Attendance.

It is recommended that instructors in this situation choose to attend all or part of a Foundations of Traffic Safety Education course. Attendees of a Foundations course can earn up to 25 hours of continuing education. Since completion of homework assignments and/or assessments is not required, the instructor must participate fully during the in-class activities.

If a Foundations class is not available in a timely manner, an instructor may choose to attend a Classroom or Behind-the-Wheel instruction course. Attendees can attend as much of the course as desired, but they can only earn up to 7 hours continuing education and must attend the first day of the scheduled course in order to earn hours.

To register for continuing education, view our Schedule of Courses and complete the online registration form that corresponds to the class you would like to attend.

Recertification

If an instructor is lacking documentation of 30 hours of classroom, behind-the-wheel or simulator instruction in the past two years, a WOU Lead Trainer will evaluate teaching competency. An instructor is required to contact WOU to request an evaluation and he/she must pay a $25 processing fee.

WOU will determine how, when and where the instructor's evaluation will take place. When possible, this evaluation will be within 60 miles of the individual's location.

In some cases, WOU may encourage the instructor to travel to a location more accessible to the lead trainer, or may need to schedule the evaluation around other training opportunities to make the best use of resources. Instructors are encouraged to maintain their qualifications to reduce additional cost associated with reevaluation.

For a candidate who teaches both classroom and behind-the-wheel (BTW), the lead trainer may determine which modality will be evaluated, or whether both will be evaluated. A classroom lesson must be from an approved curriculum. An in-car lesson must be on an approved drive route.

An instructor may be required to provide his or her own student(s) and/or vehicle.

In no case, shall a lead trainer evaluate an instructor hired by his/her own program.

Method of Evaluation

Either of the following methods may be used to evaluate instructor teaching competency:

  • Observe the instructor during a lesson. Preferably, the instructor will teach teens, but at the discretion of the lead trainer the instructor may "teach" adults for the purpose of this evaluation.
  • The lead trainer may approve the instructor through means other than teaching observation.

To request an evaluation, please complete the Re-Certification Form or call us at (503) 838-8483.

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