Pennsylvania Counselors/Therapists CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Pennsylvania Counselors / Therapists

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider NetCE has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6361. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NetCE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, NetCE is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. NetCE maintains responsibility for this course.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors accepts courses from any provider who is APA, NBCC and/or ASWB approved.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Pennsylvania Counselors: Governor Wolf has granted the Department of State’s request to suspend restrictions on distance-learning for continuing education requirements for certain licensed professionals, including counselors and therapists. The governor granted a suspension of restrictions that limited the ability of licensees to take classes online or participate in distance-learning opportunities for the current biennial renewal period to permit all licensees to complete their continuing education online during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit https://www.dos.pa.gov/Documents/2020-03-22-Continuing-Education-Suspensions.pdf.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors accepts NetCE courses.

LPCs and MFTs are required 30 hours every two years, all of which may be completed by home study.*

Requirements include:

  • A minimum of 3 hours must be in ethics every two years;
  • In accordance with Act 31 of 2014, a minimum of 2 hours (3 hours at initial licensure) must be in approved child abuse recognition and reporting every two years.**
  • In accordance with Act 74 of 2016, a minimum of 1 hour must be in suicide prevention every two year licensing period.

*NetCE courses are considered home study.

**NetCE course on child abuse recognition and reporting is approved for both initial licensure and/or license renewal.

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LPCs:
Please contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors at (717) 783-1389 or http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter49/chap49toc.html for additional information regarding your continuing education.

LMFTs:
Please contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors at (717) 783-1389 or http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter48/chap48toc.html for additional information regarding your continuing education.