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:
Per Executive Order N-39-20, there have been changes to licensing requirements. For healing arts boards licensees under the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Director temporarily waives continuing education requirements or passage of an examination for renewal of licenses expiring between March 31, 2020 and October 31, 2021. These specific requirements are deferred for a six-month period unless the order is further extended. Deferred continuing education must be completed no later than March 28, 2022. (Does not apply to any continuing education, training, or examination required pursuant to a disciplinary order against a license.) Licensees should consult their respective licensing boards prior to license expiration date to confirm waiver eligibility and compliance requirements; completed applications and renewal fees may still be required prior to license expiration date. For more information, please visit https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/waiver_request_info,shtml and https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_waivers.shtml.

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.