|(a) Requirements. All licensees of the Board are obligated
to continue their professional education by completing a minimum of
20 hours of professional development during each year that they hold
a license from the Board regardless of the number of separate licenses
held by the licensee. Of these 20 hours, all licensees must complete
a minimum of three hours of professional development per year in the
areas of ethics, the Board's Rules of Conduct, or professional responsibility,
and a minimum of three hours in the area of cultural diversity (these
include, but are not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender,
gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture,
sexual orientation, and social economic status).
(b) Relevancy. All professional development hours must
be directly related to the practice of psychology. The Board shall
make the determination as to whether the activity or publication claimed
by the licensee is directly related to the practice of psychology.
In order to establish relevancy to the practice of psychology, the
Board may require a licensee to produce, in addition to the documentation
required by subsection (d) of this section, course descriptions, conference
catalogs and syllabi, or other material as warranted by the circumstances.
The Board does not pre-approve professional development credit. The
Board shall not allow professional development credit for personal
psychotherapy, workshops for personal growth, the provision of services
to professional associations by a licensee, foreign language courses,
or computer training classes.
(c) Professional development.
(1) Required hours may be obtained by participating
in one or more of the following activities, provided that the specific
activity may not be used for credit more than once:
(A) attendance or participation in a formal professional
development activity for which professional development hours have
been pre-assigned by a provider;
(B) teaching or attendance as an officially enrolled
student in a graduate level course in psychology at a regionally accredited
institution of higher education;
(C) presentation of a program or workshop; and
(D) authoring or editing publications.
(2) Providers include:
(A) national, regional, state, or local psychological
associations; public school districts; regional service centers for
public school districts; state or federal agencies; or psychology
programs, or counseling centers which host accredited psychology training
programs, at regionally accredited institutions of higher education;
(B) other formally organized groups providing professional
development that is directly related to the practice of psychology.
Examples of such providers include: public or private institutions,
professional associations, and training institutes devoted to the
study or practice of particular areas or fields of psychology; and
professional associations relating to other mental health professions
such as psychiatry, counseling, or social work.
(3) At least half (10) of the required 20 hours of
professional development must be obtained from or endorsed by a provider
listed in subsection (c)(2)(A) of this section.
(4) Credits will be provided as follows:
(A) For attendance at formal professional development
activities, the number of hours pre-assigned by the provider.
(B) For teaching or attendance of a graduate level
psychology course, four hours per credit hour. A particular course
may not be taught or attended by a licensee for professional development
credit more than once.
(C) For presentations of workshops or programs, three
hours for each hour actually presented, for a maximum of six hours
per year. A particular workshop or presentation topic may not be utilized
for professional development credit more than once.
(D) For publications, eight hours for authoring or
co-authoring a book; six hours for editing a book; four hours for
authoring a published article or book chapter. A maximum credit of
eight hours for publication is permitted for any one year.
(5) Professional development hours must have been obtained
during the 12 months prior to the renewal period for which they are
submitted. If the hours were obtained during the license renewal month
and are not needed for compliance for that year, they may be submitted
the following year to meet that year's professional development requirements.
A professional development certificate may not be considered towards
fulfilling the requirements for more than one renewal year.
(d) Documentation. It is the responsibility of each
licensee to maintain documentation of all professional development
hours claimed under this rule and to provide this documentation upon
request by the Board. Licensees shall maintain documentation of all
professional development hours claimed for at least five years. The
Board will accept as documentation of professional development:
(1) for hours received from attendance or participation
in formal professional development activities, a certificate or other
document containing the name of the sponsoring organization, the title
of the activity, the number of pre-assigned professional development
hours for the activity, and the name of the licensee claiming the
(2) for hours received from attending college or university
courses, official grade slips or transcripts issued by the institution
of higher education must be submitted;
(3) for hours received for teaching college or university
courses, documentation demonstrating that the licensee taught the
course must be submitted;
(4) for presenters of professional development workshops
or programs, copies of the official program announcement naming the
licensee as a presenter and an outline or syllabus of the contents
of the program or workshop;
(5) for authors or editors of publications, a copy
of the article or table of contents or title page bearing the name
of licensee as the author or editor;
(6) for online or self-study courses, a copy of the
certificate of completion containing the name of the sponsoring organization,
the title of the course, the number of pre-assigned professional development
hours for the activity, and stating the licensee passed the examination
given with the course.
(e) Declaration Form. All licensees must sign and submit
a completed Professional Development Declaration Form for each year
in which they are licensed by the Board specifying the professional
development received for the preceding renewal period. Licensees wishing
to renew their license must submit the declaration form with the annual
renewal form and fee no later than the renewal date. Licensees who
do not wish to renew their license must submit the declaration form
along with a written request to retire the license on or before the
renewal date. Licensees shall not submit documentation of professional
development credits obtained unless requested to do so by the Board.
Licensees who are not audited pursuant to subsection (f) of this section
and who are otherwise eligible may declare their professional development
on the online license renewal form.
(f) Audit. The Board conducts two types of audits.
Licensees shall comply with all Board requests for documentation and
information concerning compliance with professional development and/or
(1) Random audits. Each month, 10% of the licensees
will be selected by an automated process for an audit of the licensee's
compliance with the Board's professional development requirements.
The Board will notify a licensee by mail of the audit. Upon receipt
of an audit notification, licensees planning to renew their licenses
must submit requested documentation of compliance to the Board with
their annual renewal form no later than the renewal date of the license.
A licensee who is audited may renew their license online provided
that they submit the professional development documentation to the
Board at least two weeks in advance of their online renewal so that
it can be pre-approved. Licensees wishing to retire their licenses
should submit the requested documentation no later than the renewal
date of the license.
(2) Individualized audits. The Board will also conduct
audits of a specific licensee's compliance with its professional development
requirements at any time that the Board determines that there are
grounds to believe that a licensee has not complied with the requirements
of this rule. Upon receipt of notification of an individualized audit,
the licensee must submit all requested documentation within the time
period specified in the notification.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §461.11 adopted to be effective February 8, 1982, 7 TexReg 351; amended to be effective October 15, 1993, 18 TexReg 6740; amended to be effective January 2, 1995, 19 TexReg 9994; amended to be effective January 9, 1997, 22 TexReg 46; amended to be effective June 2, 1997, 22 TexReg 4415; amended to be effective November 10, 1997, 22 TexReg 10649; amended to be effective August 27, 1998, 23 TexReg 8677; amended to be effective June 3, 1999, 24 TexReg 4015; amended to be effective December 18, 2000, 25 TexReg 12390; amended to be effective November 29, 2001, 26 TexReg 9628; amended to be effective March 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 2314; amended tobeeffective June 5, 2005, 30 TexReg 3099; amended to be effective March 3, 2008, 33 TexReg 1810; amended to be effective December 7, 2008, 33 TexReg 10028; amended to be effective September 26, 2013, 38 TexReg 6204; amended to be effective March 26, 2015, 40 TexReg 1709; amended to be effective December 25, 2016, 41 TexReg 9935