NCAC 54 .2104 CONTINUING
(a) The purpose of continuing education is to
provide for the continuing professional education of all psychologists
licensed by the North Carolina Psychology Board consistent with the purpose
of the Board which is to protect the public from the practice of psychology
by unqualified persons and from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to
(b) Compliance with this Rule shall be a
condition for license renewal. A
license shall be suspended automatically by operation of law in accordance
with G.S. 90-270.15(f) if a licensee
fails to meet continuing education requirements specified in this Rule. This Rule shall apply to all individuals
licensed by the North Carolina Psychology Board who choose to renew their
licenses in North Carolina. Licensees
who would otherwise be exempt from licensure, e.g., not practicing psychology
in North Carolina, may relinquish their licenses if they do not wish to
comply with the requirements specified in this Rule.
(c) A continuing education hour is defined as
one hour of instructional or contact time.
(d) Category A requirements shall be met
through attendance at formally organized courses, seminars, workshops,
symposiums, and postdoctoral institutes; or through completion of on-line or
correspondence courses. Programs
shall relate to topics listed in Paragraph (g) of this Rule; be identified as
offering continuing education for psychologists; and be sponsored or co-sponsored by the North
Carolina Psychology Board, by the American Psychological Association, by
American Psychological Association approved sponsors, or by North Carolina
Area Health Education Centers.
Contact hours shall be specified by the sponsor.
(e) Category B requirements shall be met
through attendance at colloquia, presentations of invited speakers, grand
rounds, and in-house seminars; attendance at programs offered at meetings of
professional or scientific organizations which are not approved for Category
A credit; participation in formally organized study groups or journal clubs;
and self study (e.g., reading articles or books for professional growth or in
preparation for publishing, teaching, or making a presentation). One continuing education hour shall be credited
for each hour of participation in Category B activities.
(f) A licensee shall complete a minimum of 18
continuing education hours in each biennial renewal period which begins on
the first day of October in each even numbered year. Continuing education hours shall not carry
over from one renewal period to the next.
At least nine continuing education hours shall be in Category A
activities which shall include a minimum of three continuing education hours
in the area of ethical and legal issues in the professional practice of
(g) Topics for Category A and Category B
requirements shall fall within the following areas:
(1) ethical and legal issues in the
professional practice of psychology, and
(2) the maintenance and upgrading of
professional skills and competencies within the psychologist's scope of practice. This includes, but is not limited to, training in empirically
supported treatments, the application of research to practice, and training
in best practice standards and guidelines.
(h) Continuing education hours shall not be
allowed for the following activities:
(1) business meetings or presentations,
professional committee meetings, and meetings or presentations concerned with
the management of a professional practice;
(2) membership, office in, or
participation on boards and committees of professional organizations;
(4) teaching, presentations, and
publication, except as allowed as self study in preparation for these
activities as provided under Paragraph (e) of this Rule; and
(5) personal psychotherapy or personal
(i) An individual licensed on or before
October 1, 2002, shall attest on the license renewal application for the
2004-2006 biennial renewal period, and on each subsequent biennial renewal
application, to having met the mandatory continuing education requirements
specified in this Rule during the two years preceding the October 1st renewal
date. An individual licensed after
October 1, 2002, 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 during the two years preceding the October 1st renewal date.
(j) An applicant for reinstatement of
licensure shall document that he or she has completed a minimum of 18
continuing education hours as specified in this Rule within the two years
preceding the date of application for reinstatement of licensure and shall
attest on each subsequent biennial renewal application to having met the
mandatory continuing education requirements specified in this Rule.
(k) For Category A, a licensee shall maintain
certificates from Category A programs and written documentation of the
following for a minimum of seven years:
(1) date of program;
(2) number of contact hours;
(3) name of sponsor of program;
(4) title of program; and
(5) location of program.
(l) For Category B, a licensee shall maintain
applicable written documentation of the following for Category B activities consistent
with this Rule for a minimum of seven years:
(1) date of program or activity;
(2) number of instructional or contact
hours as defined in Paragraphs (d) and (e) of this Rule;
(3) description of activity;
(4) name of presenter, facilitator, or leader;
(5) name of sponsor;
(7) full citation of article; and
(8) summary of content.
nature of the Category B activity determines the applicable
documentation. For example, name of
presenter, facilitator, or leader; name of sponsor; and location are not
required when a licensee documents reading a journal article.
(m) A licensee shall provide certificates,
documentation, and a signed attestation form designed by the Board within 30
days after receiving written notification from the Board that proof of
completion of continuing education hours is required. The Board may randomly verify the
documentation of required continuing education hours for a percentage of
licensees and may do so during the investigation of any complaints. A licensee shall not submit documentation
of continuing education hours obtained unless directed to do so by the
Board. The Board shall not serve as a
depository for continuing education materials prior to its directing that
documentation must be submitted.
History Note: Authority
G.S. 90-270.9; 90-270.14(a)(2);
Eff. August 1, 2002.