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Continuing Education and License Renewal for Ohio Psychologists

08 Aug

Ohio-licensed psychologists have a biennial license renewal deadline of August 31st, even years.  23 hours of board-approved continuing education are required to renew.   The board recognizes The American Psychological Association as a provider of continuing education courses for Ohio psychologists.

The main objective of continuing education is to assure high standards for the psychology practice by requiring licensees to participate in ongoing educational activities.  With these experiences, licensees can increase their competence and knowledge obtained through prior education and training.

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for all content and programs.  Ohio psychologists may earn 20 hours of their required hours through online coursework offered at http://www.pdresources.org/Courses/Psychology/AllCourses/CourseID/1/

Requirements for Continuing Education

All licensees are required, as a condition of license renewal, to complete a minimum of 23 hours of continuing educational activities per licensure/renewal period every two years.  Three (3) hours of professional conduct and ethics are required for renewal.

Definitions of “professional conduct and ethics” will be offered by OPA, OSPA and the Association of Black Psychologists.  Continuing education offerings applicable to this requirement should be identified as such by the sponsoring association to assist licensees in choosing courses.

The board will credit licensees with courses in “professional conduct and ethics” if approved by OPA, OSPA, or the Association of Black Psychologists.

All continuing education courses must be sent to OPA or OSPA for certification before the associations send the hours to the board.  This includes APA-approved courses.  Unless you send continuing education certificates to OPA or OSPA, they will have no way of knowing that the course was completed.  The State Board of Psychology does not accept continuing education certificates directly.

The Board of Registration of Psychologists for Ohio: http://psychology.ohio.gov/

 
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