California Requirements for Ph.D.s, MFTs, LCSWs, RNs, LVNs, and Psych Techs
Please check the Board websites, as requirements do change for mandated continuing education courses.
The Therapist's Responsibility
remember it is the individual therapist's responsibility to check if
the courses they want to take will count toward the continuing education
requirement, and to maintain records of these courses for license renewal
and in the event of an audit. While we strive to keep current, boards
do change their requirements. Please check with your board frequently!
Board of Psychology
Board of Behavioral Sciences
CA Board of Registered Nursing
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
APT - Association for Play Therapy (Non-contact hours) APT Approved Provider (#02-117)
maintains responsibility for the program.
|New Board of Psychology MCEP regulations take effect December 16, 2006.
Effective December 16, 2006, psychologists may earn up to 75% (27 hours) of the required 36 hours of Continuing Education through Independent Learning (previously called distance learning). This change in the regulations applies to anyone with a license expiration date of December 31, 2006 or later. For details of the Independent (Distance) Learning proposal, go to http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/
Great news from www.psychceu.com
may be found at http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/
I am a California Psychologist. Do your courses count?
A. Our approval by American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists is accepted by MCEP, which administers the CA BOP ceus.
The California Board of Psychology states:
The MCEP Accrediting Agency (MCEPAA) is the approved entity to administer the Board's continuing education program. They are solely responsible for approving and maintaining a list of qualified providers. To obtain a provider list, contact MCEPAA by phone at 916-325-4720 (Fax: 916-325-4748) or by visiting their website at www.calpsychlink.org.
Which courses count toward the continuing education requirements?
The following courses count toward the continuing education requirements:
* Courses that are approved by MCEPAA
* Courses that are provided by American Psychological Association (APA) approved sponsors
* Courses that are Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses specifically applicable and pertinent to the practice of psychology and that are accredited by the California Medical Association
Mandatory Continuing Education Requirements
Questions and Answers from the California Board of Psychology
is continuing education?
much continuing education must be completed?
I have to take any specific courses to meet the board's continuing
to report your CEs:
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences
home page is at http://www.bbs.ca.gov/
Please go to the Continuing Education page of the CA BBSE for general information regarding continuing education requirements. In California, if you are renewing an initial license, 18 hours of CE are required and 36 hours will be required for all subsequent renewals. All other renewals are required to have 36 hours of CE to renew.
BBS Required Courses in California
1. Spousal or Partner Abuse-
Effective January 1, 2004 all licensees will be required to complete a one-time course in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies including community resources, cultural factors, and same gender abuse dynamics. There is no hour length specified for this requirement. The Board may accept evidence of completion of an equivalent course or courses taken prior to January 1, 2004 or may accept prior teaching or practice experience in order to fulfill the continuing education requirement.
2. Law and Ethics
Any person renewing their license on or after January 1, 2004 is required to have completed no less than six hours of continuing education in the subject of Law and Ethics for this and each subsequent renewal. The six hours shall be considered part of the 36 hour CE requirement.
3. Aging and Long Term Care
Those persons who began graduate study prior to January 1, 2004 must complete a 3-hour continuing education course in aging and long term care. The course could include, but is not limited to, the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging. The Board may accept evidence of completion of an equivalent course or courses taken prior to January 1, 2005 or may accept prior teaching or practice experience in order to fulfill the continuing education requirement.
One of the mandatory CE courses is HIV/AIDS. This is a one time requirement due with your first renewal. The HIV/AIDS course must be at least seven hours in length and cover the characteristics and method of assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Exception: If you have taken HIV/AIDS courses in the past, or if you have equivalent teaching or practice experience, you do not need to retake the HIV/AIDS courses. Previous coursework or experience cannot be credited towards your CE hours.
This amendment to Section 1887 of Article 8, Division 18 of Title 16, of the California Code of Regulations allows licensees the convenience of obtaining all 36 hours of required continuing education through interactive, electronic means and to allow continuing education providers the opportunity to offer all trainings from another location by way of audiovisual means.
IS A SELF-STUDY COURSE?
A self-study course is a course offered by an approved provider that requires the use of a text or book, and invloves a post-test.
HOW MANY HOURS CAN I GAIN THROUGH SELF-STUDY COURSES?
You can accrue up to one-third of your CE hours through self-study.
Supervisor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
frequently asked questions (FAQ's) are for Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapists (MFT's) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW's) who supervisor
either MFT Interns, Trainees, or LCSW Associates.
California Board of Registered Nursing
are approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing as Provider#13620.
1001 Bridgeway #620
Sausalito CA 94965
Requirements for Registered Nurses
RNs must keep their certificates of course completion for a period or four years.
To figure out the number of contact hours, multiply the number of units by 1.2. Therefore, a 6 ceu course is equal to 7.2 contact hours; a 10 ceu course equals 12 contact hours, etc.
Each course has a box at the end of the post-test to check if you need a BRN certificate.
Renewal Information may be found online at:
or Home Study Courses
Approved providers may offer Independent or home study courses. There is no limit to the number of contact hours that can be completed through independent or home study courses. It is recommended that a description of the methodology used to grant contact hours for these courses be developed and kept on file by the CEP so that questions/complaints raised by those taking the course can be addressed by the Board.
The CA Board of Vocational Nursing and
Psychiatric Technicians acknowledges
www.psychceu.com and psychceu.com as approved providers on Continuing Education in the following response to our query:
Yes, if you are a Board-approved provider with the California Board of
Registered Nursing (BRN), your continuing education courses can be used by
licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians to meet their
continuing education requirements for license renewal. You may use your
BRN continuing education provider number on their course completion
Section 2540.2(b) of the Vocational Nursing Rules and Regulations states:
"Continuing education courses approved by nursing licensing agencies of
this or of other states, or nursing organizations of other states, or
courses considered comparable by the Board will be accepted.
Section 2592.2(b) of the Psychiatric Technician Rules and Regulations also
states: "Continuing education courses approved by psychiatric technician
or nursing licensing agencies of this or of other states, or psychiatric
technician or nursing organizations of this or other states, or courses
considered comparable by the Board will be accepted.
Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the
JEANNE M. TEMPLEMAN, MSW, RN,CS, CNS
Nursing Education Consultant
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
Therapists of America and
International Society for Sandplay Therapy
The sandplay therapy courses authored by teaching members of the Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy count toward certification in these societies as coursework hours. These courses include Sandplay, The Sacred Healing: A Guide to Symbolic Process; Psyche & Soma: Sandplay Therapy and the Body and Sandplay Therapy and the Liminal World (a video course).
The Association for Play Therapy
www.psychceu.com is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy. Our provider number is 02-117. www.psychceu.com maintains responsibility for the program. The Association for Play Therapy accepts many of our courses for non-contact training hours, which can be used:
a)To become a Registered Play Therapist
A maximum of 30 of the 150 clock hours of instruction in Play
Therapy may be earned via non-contact training. All hours must be granted by an APT approved CE Provider (Please go to http://www.a4pt.org for all
II. Continuing Education
Once registered, play therapists must complete not less than 36 hours of continuing education every three (3) years to maintain their registration, at least 18 of which must be play therapy specific and granted by APT approved CE providers. Also, not more than 18 of the 36 hours may be earned via non-contact learning but not more than nine (9) of these 18 non-contact hours may be play therapy specific. In addition, 4 hours of supervisor training must be completed/documented within 6 years (or two CE cycles) for those approved prior to 11/1/2000.
The Therapist's Responsibility
remember it is the individual therapist's responsibility to check if the
courses they want to take will count toward the continuing education requirement,
and to maintain records of these courses for license renewal and in the
event of an audit.
Frequently Asked Questions