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Continuing Education Information

Hour requirements

36 hours of Continuing Education (CE) are required for each 2-year renewal period (please see below for information regarding pro-ration for first-time renewals).

  • A minimum of 25% (9 hours) must be "live."
  • Webinars in which there is interaction with the instructor in real time (via instant messaging, for example), are considered "live".

Psychologists self-certify the number of hours they have completed on their renewal form (whether online or paper).

Courses or presentations less than one hour in length are not acceptable. No extensions will be granted to comply with CE requirements.

First time-renewal pro-ration of hours

  • 1.5 hours of CE must be accrued for each month or partial month that the license was effective prior to expiration. A minimum of 25% must be "live."
  • For example, a license issued March 28, 2013 and expiring September 30, 2014 would have been in effect for 18 months and 3 days upon expiration. In order to renew, the licensee would have to have accrued a total of 28.5 hours of approved continuing education (1.5 hours x 19 months).
# of Months License was Effective Minimum CEU's Required Minimum "live" hours (25%)
13 19.5 4.875
14 21 5.25
15 22.5 5.625
16 24 6
17 25.5 6.375
18 27 6.75
19 28.5 7.125
20 30 7.5
21 31.5 7.875
22 33 8.25
23 34.5 8.625
24 36 9

Law & Ethics requirement

Under the current regulations, there is no hour requirement or certificate required for Laws & Ethics. Licensees must check a box self-certifying that they have kept abreast of changes to laws (statutes and regulations) and ethics. There is no specified method regarding how the information must be obtained. Licensees can take a continuing education course, review Web sites, participate in grand rounds, etc.

Approval requirements

The Board of Psychology recognizes and accepts for continuing education credit courses that are provided by entities approved by:

  • APA (American Psychological Association),
  • CPA (California Psychological Association), or
  • CMA (California Medical Association)/ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education)
  • CME (Continuing Medical Education) courses must be specifically applicable and pertinent to the practice of psychology.
  • "AMA [American Medical Association] PRA [Physician’s Recognition Award] Category 1 Credit TM" is acceptable1

Audits & Retention of Records

Licensees must retain their CE records for a minimum of four (4) years; the Board conducts random audits and, if selected, will contact the licensee for proof of completion.

Exemptions or Exceptions from CE requirements

Exemptions are available (pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 16, §1397.62) for the following reasons:

  • total physical or mental disability of the psychologist for a period of at least one year,
  • total physical or mental disability of an immediate family member for at least one year where the psychologist has total responsibility for the care of that family member, or
  • engagement in active military service.

A licensee may request a reasonable accommodation according to the Americans with Disabilities Act which would exempt them from the on-site participation requirement.

If a licensee wishes to request an exemption or reasonable accommodation, they should send a written request to the Board (to the letterhead address or via e-mail to bopmail@dca.ca.gov), with supporting documentation from a licensed physician and surgeon or, in the case of a mental disability, a licensed psychologist or board certified or board eligible psychiatrist.

The "Out-of-State CE Waiver" is no longer available (effective January 1, 2013).


If a license is inactive, the licensee must provide proof of 36 hours of CE in order to reactivate. They must be completed in the 24 months immediately preceding reactivation. Additional information regarding reactivation can be obtained is on the reactivation form, which can be accessed on the Board’s Web site.

1. The phrase "AMA PRA Category 1 Credit" is a trademark of the American Medical Association.

For more information regarding continuing education, see §§1397.60 through 1397.70 in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 16.
The Board’s statutes and regulations can be accessed by visiting http://www.psychology.ca.gov