What is the definition of Continuing Education for Psychologists?

Continuing education (CE) in psychology is an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that:

  • Are relevant to psychological practice, education and science.
  • Enable psychologists to keep pace with the most current scientific evidence regarding assessment, intervention and education as well as important legal, statutory or regulatory issues.
  • Allow psychologists to maintain, develop and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Continuing education builds upon a completed doctoral program in psychology. It is not a substitute for the basic academic education and training needed for entry to the field of psychology, nor should it be the primary vehicle for career changes from one APA-recognized specialty area (e.g., clinical, counseling, school psychology) to another.

What are the different continuing education program formats offered through APA?

APA offers a variety of programs in several formats such as book- and article-based, video on-demand, in-person workshops and webcast workshops. Visit our CE Resource page for course formats.

Where can I find continuing education courses are available through APA?

Visit our continuing education catalog for a list of more than 350 CE courses.

For more information about APA continuing education, visit our APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology webpage.

How do I access my purchased CE program(s)?

Upon purchasing a CE program you will receive immediate confirmation of your purchase with specific instructions on how to access your program. If you do not receive a confirmation please check your spam/junk folder.

You can also find your online CE programs by logging in to MyAPA and scrolling down to the Continuing Education box.

What is the difference between CE credits and CE units?
  • For CE credits, 1 hour = 1 credit. This is the system used by APA and all APA-approved sponsors.
  • For CE units, 10 hours = 1 credit.

Please check with your state licensing board to confirm which type of credits are required.

How many CE credits do I need to renew my state license?

CE state requirements (PDF, 129KB) vary state-by-state.

Note: this list may not be up-to-date as state licensing boards can change rules and regulations at any time throughout the year. Please confirm with your state licensing board for the most recent information. APA does not govern state licensing requirements.

Will my state board accept APA continuing education credits?

More than likely yes but we always suggest that you check with your state licensing board.

Do your ethics programs meet my state board requirements?

Our credits are general and not geared toward any specific state licensing requirements. Please check with your state licensing board.

What category does this program fall under?

The APA CEP Office does not categorize its programs.

Please check with your state licensing board to determine how credit formats are categorized.

What is the difference between convention CE workshops and CE sessions (unlimited)?

CE workshops are 4- and 7-hours in-depth workshops. CE workshops are priced separately from convention registration and the unlimited CE session fee. Individuals can enroll and attend CE workshops without registering for the APA convention. Full attendance at each CE workshop is required to receive CE credits. No partial credit is awarded.

CE sessions are 1- or 2-hour general information presentations offered by APA divisions and governance groups. Individuals must register for convention in order to attend CE sessions and must pay the unlimited CE session fee in order to claim CE credit for CE sessions attended. CE sessions are priced separately from CE workshops. Full attendance at each CE session is required to receive CE credits. No partial credit is awarded.

Does the CE Office offer credits retroactively? Can I apply as an individual to earn credit for an event that is not approved to offer CE?


How to become an APA-approved sponsor?

Great question! There is often some confusion about who handles the approval process. The APA CEP Office is not involved in the sponsor approval process. Please visit the Office of CE Sponsor Approval for information.

Do you submit certificates to CE Broker?