for Psychologists, Senior Psychological Examiners, and Psychological Examiners:
(a) 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 shall be
acquired in the two (2) calendar years (January 1 - December 31) prior to the
licensure renewal year. A minimum of twenty (20) of these hours must involve
the opportunity for real time interaction during the event. At least nine (9)
of the forty (40) hours must consist of continuing education provided by an APA
Notwithstanding Rule 1180-01-.08(1)(a), licensees whose initial term of
licensure was less than two (2) years must obtain at least thirty (30) CE hours
to satisfy the CE requirement for the first renewal cycle. A minimum of twenty
(20) of these hours must involve the opportunity for real time interaction
during the event. At least nine (9) of the thirty (30) hours must consist of
continuing education provided by an APA approved sponsor.
Certified Psychological Assistants are
required to pursue continuing education activities as directed by the
supervising psychologist, as provided in Rule
(d) Three (3) CE hours shall pertain to
cultural diversity as specifically noted in the title, description of
objectives, or curriculum of the presentation, symposium, workshop, seminar,
course or activity. Cultural diversity includes aspects of identity stemming
from age, disability, gender, race/ethnicity, religious/spiritual orientation,
sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other cultural dimensions. The
topic of the presentation, symposium, workshop, seminar, course or activity
need not be on cultural diversity, but one of the objectives or descriptions of
the topics covered, shall clearly indicate attention to cultural
A total of three (3)
hours of continuing education provided by an APA approved sponsor or other
sponsor approved continuing education, as referenced below in Rule
1180-01-.08(2)(a) and (b), shall pertain to a combination of all of the
1. Tennessee Code Annotated,
Title 63, Chapter 11; and
Official Compilation, Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee, Chapters
1180-01, 1180-02, 1180-03 and 1180-04; and
3. Professional ethics for
Experiences unacceptable as continuing education include, but are not limited
to, administrative activities; psychotherapy; personal growth or enrichment;
regular work activities as a psychologist; independent, unstructured or
self-structured learning; and home study (unless it constitutes continuing
education provided by an APA approved sponsor, or other sponsor approved
continuing education, as referenced below in Rule 1180-01-.08(2)(a) and (b)
(a) Continuing Education
Provided by an APA Approved Sponsor - These are continuing education programs
which are postdoctoral in nature and include formal learning objectives and
evaluation of learning activities. At least nine (9) hours of CE must be
obtained from an APA approved sponsor each license cycle and may include CE
hours referenced in Rule 1180-01-.08(1)(e) above.
(b) Other Sponsor Approved Continuing
Education - These are formal activities which are psychological in nature,
provide documentation of attendance, and have a preassigned number of CE
credits. Offerings can be sponsored by a regional psychological association, a
state psychological association, a recognized and relevant national, regional
or state professional credentialing body, an institution housing an
APA-approved internship program, or a nationally recognized accredited college
or university with a health-related professional training program.
1. Clinical peer consultation groups - "Peer
Consultation" refers to a structured and organized system of interaction with
colleague(s) designed to help broaden professional knowledge and expertise and
reduce professional isolation. Examples of peer consultation include meeting
with colleague(s) in research groups, journal clubs, and case consultations,
with a structured, organized format, in person or electronically, with a focus
on professional practice. In order to obtain CE hours for peer consultation, a
minimum of ten (10) hours is required per renewal cycle. One hour of peer
consultation is equal to one CE credit hour. A maximum amount of twenty (20) CE
hours can be received biennially. Acceptable documentation will consist of
date, time, duration, location, attendees, and topic.
2. Workshops, seminars or courses - Relevant
non-accredited psychology workshops, seminars or courses can be completed for a
maximum of ten (10) hours of CE credit per year. Acceptable documentation will
consist of certificates of attendance or registration receipts.
3. Serving as a member of the Board shall be
assigned a maximum of ten (10) CE hours per year. Serving as a member of the
Board will satisfy the requirement listed in 1180-01-.08(1)(e).
4. Serving in a position, for at least one
(1) year, that is relevant to the practice of psychology with the state
psychological association or national psychological association shall be
assigned a maximum of five (5) CE hours per year.
5. Providing clinical supervision to
students, interns, and post-graduate clinicians shall be assigned a maximum of
five (5) CE hours per two (2) calendar years (January 1 - December
6. Passing the Tennessee
Ethics and Jurisprudence Exam shall be assigned a maximum of three (3) CE hours
during the initial term of licensure. These three (3) hours will satisfy the
requirement listed in 1180-01-.08(1)(e).
Teaching and Presentations
(i) Psychology presentations at relevant
professional meetings. Acceptable documentation will consist of a copy of the
program or agenda and the number of clock hours. A maximum of three (3) CE
hours per presentation is allowed.
(ii) Preparation and delivery of guest
lectures to academic or public groups. Acceptable documentation will consist of
a copy of a printed agenda, program or class syllabus. A maximum of one (1) CE
hour per lecture is allowed.
Developing and teaching an academic psychology course in an institution
accredited by a regional accrediting association. For the initial development
of the course and its teaching, one semester-length, three (3) credit hour
course equals twenty (20) CE hours; one quarter-length, three (3) credit hour
course equals fourteen (14) CE hours. Acceptable documentation will consist of
a letter from the department head or dean of the institution stating that the
licensee taught the course for the first time and the number of credits
assigned for the course.
(i) Writing or editing a published book, or
writing a book chapter or a refereed journal article shall be assigned twenty
(20) hours of CE credit. Acceptable documentation will consist of proof of
(ii) Being the
principal editor of a journal or serving on the editorial board of a journal
article shall be assigned twenty (20) hours of CE credit. Acceptable
documentation will consist of proof of publication.
(iii) Serving as a reviewer of a journal
article shall be assigned five (5) hours of CE credit per manuscript up to a
maximum of twenty (20) hours per licensure cycle. Acceptable documentation will
consist of confirmation of completed reviews.
Graduate Courses and ABPP Exam
(i) Passing a graduate course in an
APA-approved graduate psychology program shall be assigned five (5) CE hours
per credit hour. A maximum of fifteen (15) CE hours is allowed.
(ii) Passing the ABPP exam shall be assigned
twenty (20) hours of CE credit.
(e) Voluntary Provision of Healthcare
Services - Psychologists, Senior Psychological Examiners, and Psychological
Examiners may satisfy one (1) hour of continuing education through the
performance of one (1) hour of voluntary provision of healthcare services. The
maximum amount of annual hours that can be received by performing voluntary
healthcare services is four (4) hours. Evidence of such voluntary healthcare
services must include a letter on official letterhead from the sponsoring
organization identifying the date that the voluntary healthcare services were
completed and the number of voluntary healthcare service hours that were
completed pursuant to T.C.A. §
(3) 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.
(a) Any licensee who falsely certifies
attendance and completion of the required CE hours may be subject to
disciplinary action pursuant to T.C.A. §
(b) Any licensee who fails to obtain the
required CE hours may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to T.C.A.
Waiver of Continuing Education
(a) The Board may grant a waiver of the need
to attend and complete the required hours of continuing education where
illness, disability, or other undue hardship beyond the control of the licensee
prevents a licensee from complying.
Waivers will be considered only on an
individual basis and may be requested by submitting the following items to the
Board Administrative Office prior to the end of the licensure cycle in which
the continuing education is due:
1. A written
request for a waiver which specifies what requirement is sought to be waived
and the reasons for the request.
Any documentation which supports the reason for the waiver requested or which
is subsequently requested by the Board.
(c) A waiver approved by the Board is
effective for only the renewal period for which the waiver is sought unless
otherwise specified in writing by the Board.
(d) The Board Consultant and the designee are
authorized to grant or deny requests for waivers subject to subsequent Board
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original rule filed September 12, 1974; effective October 12, 1974. Repeal and
new rule filed June 6, 1978; effective September 28, 1978. Repeal and new rule
filed September 29, 1995; effective December 13, 1995. Repeal and new rule
filed August 29, 2000; effective November 12, 2000. Amendment filed June 18,
2002; effective November 1, 2002. Amendment filed March 21, 2005; effective
June 4, 2005. Amendment filed November 9, 2005; effective January 23, 2006.
Amendments filed April 4, 2014; effective July 3, 2014. Amendment filed
November 18, 2015; effective February 16, 2016. Amendments filed April 7, 2021;
Authority: T.C.A. §§
63-11-206, 63-11215, and 63-11-218.