(a) All licensees
shall complete continuing education in accordance with this Rule prior to the
renewal of a license. The license of any license who fails to complete the
required continuing education shall not be renewed and shall be suspended
automatically in accordance with
(1) Continuing education hour - one hour of
instructional or contact time.
Biennial renewal period - the period of time from the first day of October in
each even numbered year, continuing until the last day in November in the next
even numbered year.
program sponsor -
(A) North Carolina
Psychological Association (APA);
(C) American Psychological Association
Association of School Psychologists (NASP);
(E) National Association of School
Psychologists approved sponsors;
(F) North Carolina Area Health Education
Centers (NCAHEC); or
Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA).
(4) Category B program sponsor - any program
sponsor not listed in Subparagraph (3) of this Paragraph.
(c) During each biennial renewal period, a
licensee must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours, a minimum of
15 of which must be completed under a Category A program sponsor as defined in
Subparagraph (b)(3) of this Rule. The remaining required hours of continuing
education may be completed in either Category A or Category B. Included in the
15 hours under a Category A program sponsor, a minimum of 3 continuing
education hours in the area of ethics in the professional practice of
psychology must be completed. To be credited as fulfillment of this
requirement, the word "ethics" or a derivative of the word "ethics" must be in
the title of the program, and the program must include such content.
Except as specified in Paragraphs (f) and
(g) of this Rule, the 24 continuing education hours, whether Category A or B,
must meet all of the following requirements:
The continuing education hours must be
(A) in-person attendance at
(B) presentations at
(C) completion of
on-line or correspondence courses.
The program sponsor shall award a
certificate of completion which documents the following information:
(A) name of sponsor and any cosponsor of
(B) number of contact
hours credited for psychologists;
(C) title of program;
(D) date of program; and
(E) in the case of an APA or NASP approved
sponsor, a statement that the entity is APA or NASP approved to provide the
program as continuing education to psychologists.
All continuing education hours, whether
Category A or B, must be in the maintenance and enrichment of professional
skills and competencies within the licensee's scope of practice in psychology,
including, but not limited to:
in empirically supported assessment or treatment;
(B) the application of research to the
practice of psychology;
issues in psychology;
(D) ethics in
the professional practice of psychology;
(E) training in how to properly supervise in
accordance with Board rules regarding supervision requirements, as described in
Rule .2001(c) of this Chapter; and
(F) training in best practice standards and
To renew a licensee, a licensee shall submit the following to document that he
or she has met the continuing education requirements specified in this Rule:
a signed attestation form; which includes
Category A documentation
(i) date of program;
(ii) number of contact hours;
(iii) name of sponsor of program;
(iv) title of program;
(v) location of program.
Category B. documentation including:
(i) date of program or activity;
(ii) number of instructional or contact
(iii) description of
(iv) name of presenter,
facilitator, or leader;
(v) name of
(vii) full citation of article;
(viii) summary of content; and
(C) an attestation by the licensee
that the statements on the form are true and correct.
(2) except as specified in Paragraphs (f) and
(g) of this Rule, copies of certificates of completion that include the
information specified in Subparagraph (d)(2) of this Rule.
(f) A maximum of three continuing education
hours may be credited in each biennial renewal period for any licensee who has
received Board-required supervision, except when specified otherwise under a
Consent Order or Final Decision executed by the Board. These three hours must
be documented by the supervisor and will be credited toward the maximum nine
hours allowed under Category B program sponsors.
(g) A maximum of nine continuing education
hours may be credited in each biennial renewal period for graduate course work
completed on a pass/fail or graded basis in a doctoral psychology program that
is approved by the American Psychological Association. These hours must be
documented on an official transcript sent to the Board by the institution of
higher education at which the applicant completed the courses and will be
credited toward the maximum nine hours allowed under Category B program
(h) A maximum of one
continuing education hour may be credited in each biennial renewal period for
completion in each renewal cycle of the Board developed ethics renewal
examination described in Rule .1901(a)(3) of this Chapter.
(i) Continuing education hours credited for
license renewal in one biennium renewal period shall not be credited for
license renewal in another biennium renewal period.
An individual licensed on or before
October 1, 2020, shall attest on the license renewal application for the
biennial renewal period, and on each subsequent biennial renewal application,
to having met the mandatory continuing education requirements specified in this
Rule. An individual licensed after October 1, 2020, shall attest on the second
license renewal application following licensure, and on each subsequent
biennial renewal application, to having met the mandatory continuing education
requirements specified in this Rule.
(k) An applicant for reinstatement of
licensure must document that he or she has completed a minimum of 24 continuing
education hours as specified in this Rule within the two years preceding the
date of application for reinstatement of licensure and must attest on each
subsequent biennial renewal application to having met the mandatory continuing
education requirements specified in this Rule.