California Psychologists Continuing Education and License Renewals
California psychologists have a license renewal every two years with a birth date deadline. Thirty-six (36) continuing education hours are required to renew a license. Twenty-seven (27) hours are allowed from online courses or independent learning if APA approved. (75% independent learning – 9 hours must be live)
California laws and ethics are required at each renewal.
California Board of Psychology
View the Board Website or Email the Board
CE Required: 36 hours every two years
Online CE Allowed: 27 hours (75% – independent learning)
License Expiration: DOB, every 2 years
National Accreditation Accepted: APA
Notes: CA laws & ethics required each renewal
Date of Info: 5/29/2015
Law & Ethics Requirement
Under the current regulations, there is no hour requirement or certificate required for Laws & Ethics. Licensees must check a box self-certifying that they have kept abreast of changes to laws (statutes and regulations) and ethics. There is no specified method regarding how the information must be obtained. Licensees can take a continuing education course, review Web sites, participate in grand rounds, etc.
California-licensed psychologists may earn 27 hours each renewal through online courses available on the Psychology page of this site. Click here to view APA-approved online CEUs.
Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all programs and content.
Popular Continuing Education Courses for Psychologists
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Culture is a primary force in the creation of a person’s identity. Counselors who are culturally competent are better able to understand and respect their clients’ identities and related cultural ways of life. This course proposes strategies to engage clients of diverse racial and ethnic groups (who can have very different life experiences, values, and traditions) in treatment. The major racial and ethnic groups in the United States covered in this course are African Americans, Asian Americans (including Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), Latinos, Native Americans (i.e., Alaska Natives and American Indians), and White Americans. In addition to providing epidemiological data on each group, the course discusses salient aspects of treatment for these racial/ethnic groups, drawing on clinical and research literature. While the primary focus of this course is on substance abuse treatment, the information and strategies given are equally relevant to all types of health and mental health treatment.
This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 22 archived articles from The National Psychologist and is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties.
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