California Psychologists CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

California Psychologists

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.

The California Board of Psychology accepts courses from any provider who is approved by the American Psychological Association.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention California Health and Mental Health Professionals:
Due to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20, there have been changes to licensing requirements. For those licensed by a board under the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Director will temporarily waive continuing education requirements for licenses due to expire between March 31, 2020, and October 31, 2020, as well as continuing education and any associated fees for those seeking to reactivate or restore a license. Licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of this order, unless further extended, and activated or restored licenses pursuant to this waiver will be valid for six months, or until the State of Emergency is terminated, whichever is sooner. For more information, please visit https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_20_53.pdf.

As part of California’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response, on March 30, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the state is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in California during the COVID-19 outbreak. To meet this moment, the state is opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases. To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, Newsom is calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today. For more information, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/.

NetCE is also closely monitoring board notices regarding continuing education requirements. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Psychologists are required 36 hours every two years, 27 of which may be taken by independent study.*

Effective January 1, 2021 all applicants and current licensees must complete a one-time requirement of 6 hours in suicide prevention and intervention.

*NetCE courses are considered independent study.

For More Information

Please contact the California Board of Psychology at (916) 574-7720 or (866) 503-3221 or http://www.psychology.ca.gov/licensees/ce_faqs.shtml for additional information regarding your continuing education.