Chapter 510-8 CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
|(1)||A total of 40 credits of continuing education relevant to the licensee's professional activities are required biennially to renew a license. Six CE credits must be earned in professional ethics at a personally attended workshop. The renewal period runs from January 1 of an odd numbered year to December 31 of the following even numbered year. Time counted shall be a clock hour for each hour's CE credit, except in area III Conference/Conventions where one conference day is equal to one hour of CE credit. Each psychologist shall report biennially on the renewal application, under oath, the number of CE credits of continuing education he/she completed.|
|(2)||Psychologists who are licensed by examination or by endorsement during the first year of the biennium (between January 1 and December 31 of the odd numbered year) must obtain 20 CE credits of continuing education, 3 CE credits of which must be in professional ethics.|
|(3)||Psychologists who are licensed by examination or by endorsement during the second year of the biennium (between January 1 and December 31 of the even numbered year) will not be required to complete any continuing education credits to renew the license for the first time.|
|(4)||Psychologists with disabilities may petition the Board for accommodations that facilitate their satisfaction of these requirements. The request for an accommodation by an individual with a disability must be made in writing and received in the Board office by at least 2 months prior to the end of the renewal period along with the appropriate documentation, as indicated in the Request for Disability Guidelines.|
|(1)||Successful completion of the board examination of the American Board of Professional Psychology will satisfy all continuing education requirements in the biennium during which the examination is passed. Documentation from ABPP must be submitted to the Board.|
|(2)||Professional Ethics. A licensed psychologist must complete a minimum of 6 CE credits in professional ethics at a personally attended workshop to renew his/her license each biennium. These credits may be earned through Areas I or IV. The content of the ethics CE requirement must be related to ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and/or standards that impact psychology and must be postdoctoral in nature. A psychologist who serves as a peer reviewer for the Board for an alleged violation of the laws or rules will earn 3 ethics CE credits for the current biennium if the completion of the review is acknowledged by the Board and if the review is submitted as a written report to the Board. A psychologist who serves on a subcommittee of the Board for oral examinations will be awarded 3 ethics CE credits for each day of service up to a maximum of 6 CE credits per biennium. A psychologist who serves as a member of the Ethics committee for the Georgia Psychological Association or as a Board member of the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for the entire biennium will receive 6 ethics credits. If a psychologist serves as a member of the Georgia Psychological Association Ethics Committee or the Georgia State Board of Psychologists for half of the biennium, 3 ethics credits will be awarded; for service six months or less, 1 ethics credit will be awarded. The delivery method of the continuing education by the presenter and the attendance of the psychologist at the continuing education event must be in person.|
Education credits may be met through the following areas. Each area states the
minimum (if applicable) and maximum number of credits allowed as well as the
required documentation. All credits in areas I (i, ii) II, III, and IV must be
in person. The delivery method of the continuing education by the
presenter and the attendance of the psychologist at the continuing education
event must be in person.
|(1)||Each licensee shall maintain for four years his/her own records of completed continuing education activities. The Board will not maintain continuing education files for licensees.|
|(2)||Each licensee shall attest, on his/her biennial license renewal application, that he/she has satisfied the continuing education requirements. Documentation of these activities should be retained by the licensee and not sent to the Board unless so requested. False attestation of satisfaction of the continuing education requirements on a renewal application may subject to licensee to disciplinary action, including revocation.|
|(3)|| The Board will
audit a fixed percentage of the renewal applications. Licensees whose
applications are audited will be required to document the completion of his/her
continuing education activities on the Continuing Education Report Form.
Licensees will also be required to provide copies of the actual certificates
earned for Area IV Approved Sponsored Continuing Education activities and also
the documentation of any CE activities claimed from Areas I, II, III, and V as
is required and specified in those areas.