Renewal Information for Tennessee Psychologists

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Tennessee-licensed Psychologists, Senior Psychological Examiners, and Psychological Examiners are required to obtain forty (40) hours of continuing education (CE) credit every two (2) years. This CE is to be acquired in the two (2) calendar years (January 1 – December 31) prior to the licensure renewal year.

Nine (9) CE hours of the forty (40) hours required must be received from a Type I CE program.

Nine (9) CE hours of the forty (40) hours required must be received from Type I or Type II CE programs.

Twenty-two (22) CE hours of the forty (40) hours required may be received from Type I, II, or III programs. Three (3) hours of the twenty-two (22) hours required shall pertain to:

  1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 11; and
  2. Official Compilation, Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee, Chapters 1180-1, 1180-2, 1180-3, and 1180-4; and
  3. The version of the “Ethical Standards” which are part of the “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” published by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.), and approved by the A.P.A.’s Council of Representatives on August 21, 2002 to become effective on June 1, 2003.

Experiences unacceptable as continuing education include, but are not limited to, activities, psychotherapy, personal growth or enrichment.

Type I Continuing Education:

  • Offered by APA-approved providers of educational programs
  • Related skills and knowledge are postdoctoral in nature
  • Includes formal learning objectives and evaluation of learning activities
  • Primarily psychological in nature or is relevant to the science and practice of psychology
  • Must have a pre-assigned number of CE credit hours and provide documentation indicating the course was APA-approved

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. Tennessee-licensed psychologists may earn all 40 hours through courses offered by Professional Development Resources (Type 1). Over 100 online and home study courses are available at:

Type II Continuing Education:

  • Primarily psychological in nature or is relevant to the science and practice of psychology
  • Must provide documentation of attendance and must have a pre-assigned number of CE credit hours under the auspices of any of the following:
  1. A regional psychological association
  2. A state psychological association
  3. Any recognized and relevant credentialing national, regional or state professional body
  4. An institution housing an APA-approved internship program
  5. A state university in Tennessee housing a graduate psychology program
  6. Graduate courses in an APA-approved graduate psychology program (to be assigned fifteen [15] Type II CE units per semester hour)
  7. Passing the ABPP exam (to be assigned twenty [20] hours of Type II CE credit)

Type III Continuing Education:

  • Consists of learning experiences that are less structured than Type I or Type II CE and provide information that is primarily psychological in nature or is relevant to the science and practice of psychology
  • May consist of clinical peer consultation groups or may consist of research presentations and convention workshops that incorporate multiple, brief presentations with many different learning objectives that are less amenable to a single evaluation

Continuing education courses may be presented in the traditional lecture and classroom formats or, with successful completion of a written post experience examination to evaluate material retention, in Multi-Media formats.

Multi-Media courses may include courses utilizing:

  • The Internet
  • Closed circuit television
  • Satellite broadcasts
  • Correspondence courses
  • Videotapes
  • CD-ROM
  • DVD
  • Teleconferencing
  • Videoconferencing
  • Distance learning

Licensees with disabilities or other hardships severely restricting travel away from home may petition the Board in writing to request exceptions to the manner in which they accumulate CE credits.

Documentation: Each licensee shall maintain documentation of CE hours for five (5) years and should prepare a summary report with documentation yearly. Documentation of completed CE hours must be produced for inspection and verification if requested in writing by the Board. The Board shall not maintain CE files.

Violations: Any licensee who falsely certifies attendance and completion of the required CE hours may be subject to disciplinary action.

Tennessee Board of Examiners of Psychology:

The Board of Examiners in Psychology was created in 1953 by an act of the State Legislature. Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice as psychologists or psychological examiners within this state be qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have graduated from approved schools, completed appropriate post graduate work, and passed the examination administered by the Board. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.