Massachusetts-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal with a June 30th deadline, even years. Twenty (20) continuing education hours are required for license renewal. There are no limits on home study if APA approved.
The pursuit of continuing education ensures the best possible standards for the psychology profession. All psychologists are required to complete continuing education as a licensing requirement.
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.
Continuing Education Requirements
Psychologists licensed in the state of Massachusetts have a license renewal every two years with a June 30th deadline, even years. Twenty (20) hours of continuing education are required to renew a license. There are no limits on home study if APA approved.
Massachusetts-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal deadline of June 30, even years. 20 hours of board-approved continuing education are required to renew. The board recognizes The American Psychological Association as a provider of continuing education courses for Massachusetts psychologists.
The purpose of continuing education is to assure high standards for the practice of psychology by requiring licensees to participate in on-going educational activities. Through these experiences, licensees may increase their competence and enhance the knowledge obtained during prior education and training.
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. Massachusetts psychologists may earn all 20 of their required hours through online coursework offered @ http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Psychology/Online/CourseID/1/
Continuing Education Requirements
All licensees are required, as a condition of license renewal, to complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education activities per licensure/renewal period (every two years).
All 20 hours may be earned in formal learning programs with specific learning objectives sponsored by Board-recognized entities.
Continuing education activities in the form of publication of books, chapters of books, and/or articles in refereed journals, relevant to the science or practice of psychology may be substituted for not more than ten of the total 20 hours of continuing education activities required per licensure/renewal period.
Evaluation and Verification of Continuing Education Hours and Programs
At the time of renewal, each licensee will be required to submit a signed, notarized statement, on a form provided by the Board, attesting to completion of the continuing education requirements.
All continuing education activities required for licensure renewal must be clearly psychological in content and/or directly relevant to the science or practice of psychology.
For each continuing education hour earned by participation in formal learning programs, the licensee must be able to document the following information:
the title of the program
the number of hours spent in the program
the name of the Board-recognized entity which sponsored the program
the date the program was given
For each continuing education activity hour earned by publication of books, chapters of books, and/or articles in refereed journals, the licensee must be able to document the following information:
the title of the book, chapter or article and, in the case of a chapter or article, the title of the book or name of the journal in which it appears
the date of publication
the names of any co-authors
The Board may require the licensee to provide a copy of the book, chapter or article that he/she is relying on as a continuing education activity.
Failure to comply with the continuing education requirements will result in the non-renewal of the license.
Massachusetts-licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Audiologists are required to renew their licenses biennially, on January 6th of even-numbered years.
20 hours of continuing education are required to renew (30 hours if dual-licensed). A minimum of 10 hours must be earned in the area of licensure.
Courses offered by ASHA-approved providers are automatically accepted by the Board of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/sp/). There is no limit on hours earned through online/home study courses that are ASHA-approved.
The purpose of continuing education is to assure high standards of practice of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists by requiring licensees to participate in on-going educational activities. Through these experiences, licensees may increase their competence and enhance the knowledge obtained during prior education and training as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist.
Continuing Education Requirements
Licensees holding a license in either speech-language pathology or audiology are required, as a condition of license renewal, to complete a minimum of the equivalent of 20 Continuing Education Hours per licensure renewal period (every two years). A minimum of ten of the total 20 Continuing Education Hours must be completed in the licensee’s area of licensure.
Licensees holding licenses in both speech-language pathology and audiology are required, as a condition of license renewal, to complete a minimum of 30 Continuing Education Hours per licensure renewal period (every two years). A minimum of ten of the total 30 Continuing Education Hours must be completed in the licensee’s major area of clinical service delivery and a minimum of five of the Continuing Education Hours must be in the licensee’s minor area of clinical service delivery.
Restrictions on Certain Programs
Continuing Education Publications – authored by the licensee may be substituted for up to 20 Continuing Education Hours per licensure renewal period. Sole authors may earn up to 20 Continuing Education Hours per licensure renewal period, and multiple authors may each receive 10 Continuing Education Hours per licensure renewal period for each publication.
Continuing Education Instruction – Instructors of a Continuing Education Program or a Continuing Education Academic Course may be credited one Continuing Education Hour for each hour of the Continuing Education Program Continuing Education Academic Course taught by the licensee, up to a maximum of ten Continuing Education Hours required per licensure renewal period. Only the initial offering of a Continuing Education Program or a Continuing Education Academic Course may be credited as a Continuing Education Activity.
Continuing Education Academic Course – may be substituted for not more than ten Continuing Education Hours per license renewal period.
For each licensee, the licensee shall only obtain credit for those Continuing Education Activities that are non-duplicative.
Only those Continuing Education Activities which are completed during the two year period prior to each renewal date will be acceptable as qualifying as a Continuing Education Activity.
How many Continuing Education Units are needed to renew my license?
20 hours per licensure period are needed to renew your license; the licensure period runs from January 6th of each even-numbered year until January 6th two years later.
The approved sponsors are American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), Massachusetts Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA), Professional Development Points (PDP), and American Academy of Audiology (AAA). For further information refer to the Rules and Regulations 260-CMR, Section 7.00.
How do I report my CEUs?
From time to time the Board will randomly audit a certain percentage of licensees for proof of their Continuing Education. In the meantime it is the licensee’s responsibility to maintain their own file, either personally or through ASHA, in the event the Board requests to see proof. DO NOT SEND THEM TO THE BOARD UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY ARE REQUESTED.
How many CEU’s do I owe if I was just licensed?
If your initial license was issued less that a year from the renewal date, you only owe 10 hours; if your issue date is less that 180 days from the renewal date you owe none.
Massachusetts-licensed Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are required to renew their licenses biennially on December 31st of odd-numbered years.
All licensees are required, as a condition of license renewal, to complete a minimum of 30 contact hours of continuing education activities per licensure/renewal period (every two years). Please remember that only up to 50% of the required CEUs may be obtained via on-line or home study programming.
The purpose of continuing education is to assure high standards for the practice of mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counseling and educational psychology by requiring licensees to participate in on-going educational activities. Through these experiences, licensees increase their competence and enhance the knowledge obtained during prior education and training.
For LMHCs, CEUs must be approved under the standards of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MAMHCA):
MAMHCA’s CE division is called the Massachusetts Mental Health Continuing Education Program (MMCEP)
For LMFTs, CEUs must be approved under the standards of the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and/or their appointed Continuing Education administrators approved by this Board.
Currently FDA/ CE certifications are the appointed CE administrator.
Professional Development Resources is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590). We adhere to NBCC guidelines. Professional Development Resources is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC, Provider #000279). Massachusetts-licensed counselors may earn up to 15 hours per renewal through online courses offered at www.pdresources.org.
Massachusetts-licensed social workers have an upcoming license renewal deadline of September 30, 2010.As required by the Board of Registration of Social Workers, all licensees must complete the minimum number of continuing education hours specified below for his or her licensure level during each licensure period:
Licensed Social Workers (LSWs) – fifteen (15) continuing education hours; and
Licensed Social Work Associates (LSWAs) – ten (10) continuing education hours.
A continuing education course or program that has been reviewed and approved by ASWB as an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program may be used to satisfy the continuing education requirements. There is no limit on the numer of hours earned from online or home study continuing education courses.
Continuing Education has been viewed as an integral part of the social work profession for many years now. In Massachusetts, Continuing Education has always been a requirement for the maintenance of a social work license. While most licensees agree and see the value of Continuing Education, it has become apparent recently that a reminder as to just what is required and how the Board monitors compliance, is needed.
Licensees, in order to renew their social work license, must sign a renewal form attesting under the penalties of perjury that they have completed all requirements for their license. This, of course, includes completion of Continuing Education.
It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure not only that the course or program for which they are receiving credit is approved by a recognized entity, but also that they receive and maintain appropriate documentation of their CEUs. Documentation should be maintained for a period of not less than two licensure cycles, inclusive of the licensure period during which the course, program or activity was completed.
Continuing Education Audits are now performed after the submission of renewal forms, and may be done at any time during the two-year licensure cycle. If randomly selected for the audit, you will receive a written notification requesting that you submit documentation of your continuing education for the most recent, previous, complete licensure cycle (10/1/odd year – 10/1/odd year). If you fail to provide documentation of your Continuing Education, disciplinary action will be taken against your license. Audits are performed by ASWB and therefore if you are selected any questions about this process should initially be directed first to ASWB.
It is imperative that licensees understand the absolute necessity of continuing education completion for maintenance of their license. While the Board certainly does not look for ways to penalize social workers licensed in the Commonwealth, it is their duty as a consumer protection agency to ensure that the care and protection of the citizens of the Commonwealth is held in the highest regard. With that said, it falls to the Board to ensure licensees are following the standards of practice, which they have set forth in Massachusetts General Law 258 CMR.