Washington Counselors/Therapists CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Washington Counselors / Therapists

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.

Designated courses have been approved by NetCE, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits, NAADAC Provider #97847. NetCE is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Please refer to individual course details for approval information.

The Washington State Department of Health Office of the Professions for Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee accepts courses from any provider who is APA, NBCC, ASWB and/or NAADAC approved.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Washington Counselors: The Secretary of Health has extended health profession license expiration dates for licenses up for renewal between April 1 and September 30, 2020. This extension will allow health professionals to focus on patient care and promote continued patient safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because renewal payment won’t be required until September 30, 2020, it will also reduce the economic burden on those providers not able to work during this emergency. For more information, please visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate.

The Washington State Department of Health Office of the Professions: Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee accepts NetCE courses.

MHCs and MFTs are required 36 hours every two years, 26 of which may be completed by distance learning.*

A minimum of 6 of the 36 hours must be in professional ethics and law every two years. In addition, a 6-hour course on suicide assessment, treatment and management must be completed every six years. There is a one-time requirement for 4 hours of HIV/AIDS training.

CCs and CAs are required 36 hours every two years, 12 of which may be completed by distance learning.*

A minimum of 6 of the 36 hours must be in professional ethics and law every two years. In addition, a 3-hour course on suicide assessment, screening and referral must be completed every six years. There is a one-time requirement for 4 hours of HIV/AIDS training.

CDPs are required 40 hours every two years, all of which may be completed by distance learning continuing education.*

A minimum of 4 of the 40 hours must be in professional ethics and law every two years. In addition, a 3-hour course on suicide assessment, screening and referral must be completed every six years. There is a one-time requirement for 4 hours of HIV/AIDS training.

*NetCE courses are considered distance learning continuing education.

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Please contact the Washington State Department of Health Office of the Professions: Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee at (360) 236-4700 or http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthProfessions for additional information regarding your continuing education.