As the summer of 2023 arrives, it is essential to recall an important notification from the Department regarding the compliance of continuing education providers offering online or self-study Limited Surety (Bail Bond) courses in Florida. Last year, in 2022, the Department made it known that certain providers were not adhering to the necessary regulations outlined in Florida Statute 626.386(4)(a) and F.A.C. 69B-228.030(23). This blog serves as a reminder to all stakeholders in the bail bond industry to maintain the highest standards of education by strictly following the prescribed guidelines.
Ensuring Compliance and Quality in Florida's Limited Surety (Bail Bond) Courses
Ensuring Compliance with Florida Statute 626.386(4)(a):
Florida Statute 626.386(4)(a) is an essential regulation that governs the conduct of Limited Surety (Bail Bond) courses in the state. According to this statute, it is mandatory for a Bail Bond Supervising Instructor to be physically present during all classes. This requirement is in place to ensure that students receive the necessary guidance, expertise, and real-time interaction with experienced instructors. The presence of a knowledgeable instructor enhances the learning experience, clarifies doubts, and instills a higher level of confidence in aspiring bail bond agents.
Compliance with this statute is not merely a formality but a commitment to maintain the integrity of the bail bond industry in Florida. By upholding the presence of a Bail Bond Supervising Instructor, continuing education providers contribute to the development of skilled professionals who will serve the community and uphold the legal standards of the state.
Understanding F.A.C. 69B-228.030(23):
To provide further clarity on the concept of "Present," F.A.C. 69B-228.030(23) offers a comprehensive definition. According to this regulation, the term "Present" explicitly means appearing in person or through a live connection via electronic means. This clarification was introduced to accommodate advancements in technology and facilitate remote learning opportunities for students without compromising the requirement of instructor presence.
Electronic means of instruction, when properly utilized, can offer significant advantages, such as flexibility for students and instructors, accessibility from different locations, and the ability to reach a broader audience. However, it is crucial for continuing education providers to ensure that the live connection is stable and reliable, allowing for real-time interaction between the instructor and the students. By adhering to this definition, education providers can strike a balance between convenience and quality, promoting efficient learning experiences.
The Importance of Compliance:
Compliance with these regulations is not optional but a legal and ethical obligation. By adhering to Florida Statute 626.386(4)(a) and F.A.C. 69B-228.030(23), continuing education providers contribute to maintaining the reputation of the bail bond profession and ensure the competence of future bail bond agents. Non-compliance not only undermines the credibility of education providers but also hampers the growth and success of students pursuing a career in the field.
Moreover, compliance with these regulations reflects a commitment to professionalism and dedication to providing the best possible education to students. It demonstrates a focus on quality and sets a standard for other states to follow.
As we reflect on the notification from the Department last summer, it is imperative to keep in mind the significance of complying with Florida Statute 626.386(4)(a) and F.A.C. 69B-228.030(23). Education providers, aspiring bail bond agents, and industry stakeholders must work collectively to uphold the highest standards of education and professionalism.
By adhering to these regulations, we ensure that students receive the guidance and expertise of qualified instructors, allowing them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their careers. Let us remember that compliance is not just a legal requirement; it is a commitment to the growth and advancement of the Limited Surety (Bail Bond) profession in Florida. Together, we can build a thriving industry that serves the community with integrity and excellence.