|(a) Persons licensed under Chapter 501 are obligated
to continue their professional education by completing a minimum of
40 hours of professional development during each renewal period they
hold a license. At least 6 of these hours shall be in ethics, the
Council's rules, or professional responsibility, and another 6 or
more hours shall be in cultural diversity. Acceptable cultural diversity
hours include, but are not limited to professional development regarding
age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national
origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socio-economic
(b) Relevancy. All professional development hours shall
be directly related to the practice of psychology. The Council 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
Council may require a licensee to produce course descriptions, conference
catalogs and syllabi, or other material as warranted by the circumstances.
A person may not claim 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) At least half of the professional development hours
required by this rule shall be obtained from or endorsed by a provider
listed in subsection (f)(1) of this section.
(d) The Council shall not pre-approve professional
(e) Approved Professional Development Activities. The
Council shall accept professional development hours obtained by participating
in one or more of the following activities:
(1) attendance or participation in a formal professional
development activity for which professional development hours have
been pre-assigned by a provider;
(2) teaching or attendance as an officially enrolled
student in a graduate level course in psychology at a regionally accredited
institution of higher education;
(3) presentation of a program or workshop; and
(4) authoring or editing publications.
(f) Approved Professional Development Providers. The
Council shall accept professional development hours from the following
(1) 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;
(2) 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.
(g) Credit for professional development shall be provided
(1) For attendance at formal professional development
activities, the number of hours pre-assigned by the provider.
(2) For teaching or attendance of a graduate level
psychology course, 4 hours per credit hour. A particular course may
not be taught or attended by a licensee for professional development
credit more than once.
(3) For presentations of workshops or programs, 3 hours
for each hour actually presented, for a maximum of 6 hours per year.
(4) For publications, 8 hours for authoring or co-authoring
a book; 6 hours for editing a book; 4 hours for authoring a published
article or book chapter. A maximum credit of 8 hours for publication
is permitted for any one year.
(h) Professional development hours shall have been
obtained during the renewal period for which they are submitted and
may not be utilized to fulfill the requirements for more than one
renewal period. However, if the hours were obtained during the license
renewal month and are not needed for compliance for that renewal period,
they may be submitted the following renewal period to meet that period's
professional development requirements.
(i) The Council shall accept as documentation of professional
(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;
(3) for hours received for teaching college or university
courses, documentation demonstrating that the licensee taught the
(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 course, and stating the licensee passed the examination
given with the course.
(j) 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 Council.
Licensees shall maintain documentation of all professional development
hours for 5 years following the renewal period in which those hours