CE Requirements

State Board and National Accrediting Organization CE Requirements

Each course in our catalog varies in its approvals. To find out the specific approvals for a course, click on the course title in the Course Catalog and then select the CE Approval tab.

Please keep in mind that continuing education requirements for mental health practitioners vary from state to state. Many state-level boards grant reciprocity with national accrediting organizations and other state boards.

Although a majority of state licensure boards and national accrediting organizations accept online courses and home study programs for continuing education credit, some do not. Others may place a limit on the number of CE hours a practitioner can earn online or via home study. Please check with your state board and/or professional organization regarding its policies on reciprocity and online/home study accreditation prior to enrollment.

We have listed the following sites to help you, the practitioner, determine the CE/CME requirements for your state as well as your professional organization. (Note: Clicking on the links will open a new browser window.)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professionals

Recredentialing Criteria-Continuing Education
The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the largest national organization for alcoholism and drug abuse professionals, has specific recertification requirements for National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).

The National Addiction Technology Transfer Center's Credentialing Database
This database contains basic information on a variety of state and national bodies that offer credentialing for drug and alcohol counselors.

Marriage and Family Therapists

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
The AAMFT is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy.

Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing & Certification
This directory contains the titles and addresses of state boards regulating marriage and family therapists.

Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards
AMFTRB promotes the advancement of ethical, legal practice in all jurisdictions and serves as a clearinghouse for regulatory information.

Professional Counselors

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC®), identifies for professionals and the public those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification and maintains a register of those counselors. NBCC's flagship credential is the National Certified Counselor (NCC).

NBCC State Board Directory
NBCC lists contact information of individual state boards responsible for the certification and recertification of professional counselors.

Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The APA requires that certified members participate in at least 150 hours of continuing medical education (CME) activities per three-year period, of which at least 60 hours must be in Category 1 activities. The remaining 60 hours my be in either Category 1 or Category 2, such as reading of professional literature, self-study, and consultation.

State Medical Licensing Boards
This directory lists contact information for State Medical Licensing Boards.

Psychologists

American Psychological Association
The APA CE Sponsor Approval and the APA Continuing Education Committee work together to establish, implement and regulate standards and policies. At Health, Inc. (athealth.com) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
The ASSPB is the alliance of state, territorial and provincial agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the U.S. and Canada.  This directory provides contact information for Psychology Licensing Boards in the U.S. and Canada.

Social Workers

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
The ASWB, created to help state social work regulatory boards share knowledge, creates and administers licensing tests for social workers. ASWB established the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program that reviews providers and can grant approval for CE programs that cover several states.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The NASW Office of Quality Assurance promotes the standards and credentials required for excellence in the practice of social work.

Social Work State Licensing Boards
This directory, provided by the Social Work Examination Services, contains contact information for social work state licensing boards.

Page last modified or reviewed on April 22, 2014