Psychologists in California are required to earn 36 hours of continuing education (CE) credit every 2 years.
- 27 of the 36 credits can be taken online.
- 9 of the 36 credits must be “live.” (Programs like webinars in which there is interaction with the instructor in real time, such as instant messaging, are considered “live.”)
Ethics: CA psychologists are required to keep current on issues related to law and ethics. However, they are no longer required to take a specific number of ethics credits. It is now up to the psychologist to determine how this information is obtained, for example, via CE courses, home study, grand rounds, etc. Pursuant to §1397.61, law and ethics training shall include recent changes/updates on the laws and regulations related to the practice of psychology; recent changes/updates in the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct published by the American Psychological Association; accepted standards of practice; and other applications of laws and ethics as they affect the licensee’s ability to practice psychology with safety to the public. See our extensive catalog of ethics courses at Course Catalog.
Psychologists renewing after January 1, 2004, must show that they have taken at least 1-hour of continuing education in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies, including community resources, cultural factors, and same gender abuse dynamics. This is a one-time only CE requirement.
Psychologists renewing after January 1, 2005, must show that they have taken at least 3 hours of continuing education in aging and long-term care. This is a one-time only CE requirement.
Pursuant to §1387, licensed psychologists who supervise psychological assistants, interns, etc. must complete a minimum of six hours of supervision coursework every two years.
CE Approval for California Psychologists: The CA Board of Psychology accepts continuing education credit for courses that are provided by entities approved by the American Psychological Association (APA). At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the programs and their content.
CA psychologists can earn 27 of their credits online through athealth.com Click here to view the course catalog
State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the California continuing education regulations, go to http://www.psychology.ca.gov/licensees/ce.shtml
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