Continuing Education FAQs

New Jersey Continuing Education Requirements in a Nutshell – Frequently Asked Questions
by the Council on Continuing Education Affairs

How Many Continuing Education Credits Must I Complete?

For each biennial license renewal, a licensee must have completed 40 credits of continuing education related to the practice of psychology. These 40 credits must include at least 4 credits in topics related to domestic violence education and 1 credit in Opioid education (abuse, addiction, and diversion).

The Board of Psychological Examiners advised NJPA that domestic violence would be interpreted broadly to include related issues to treatment issues for survivors of violence, family protection and other related issues. If you have any questions about a particular program, you may contact the Board of Psychological Examiners at 973-504-6470 to see if it will count as a domestic violence course. 

Newly licensed psychologists applying for their first biennial license renewal shall not be required to indicate that they completed continuing education requirements.

How do I know if a continuing education activity will be applicable to the NJ requirement?
All continuing education courses must be approved by one of the four organizations listed below, or by a provider approved by one of the four organizations listed below (i.e. NJPA is approved through APA). 

Approved Sponsors of CE
1. American Psychological Association; 
2. National Register of Health Service Psychologists;
3. Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board; or
4. American Medical Association (ACCME is the facilitator of AMA approved content).

The New Jersey Psychology Association (NJPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor live and homestudy continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the programs and content.

If a continuing education program is not presented directly by one of the four organizations listed above, call the organization providing continuing education to see if they are approved by one of the four to provide continuing education credit. The American Psychological Association requires that a disclaimer be placed on the program flyer indicating American Psychological Association approval.

What types of activities qualify for continuing education?

At least 20 of the 40 credits, if not all, must be completed by attending continuing education courses, in-person, on-line, or through reading and examination. Of the 40 credits, at least 10 credits shall be in approved courses or programs where there is opportunity for live interaction with the continuing education instructor.  If you are taking an online course and have the ability to interact with the presenter, that is considered "live interaction."

For those psychologists involved in training, teaching, presentation, and scholarly activities, up to 20 of the 40 credits can be from completing a graduate course from an accredited psychology program, authorship of an article, presenting a new lecture or seminar, or teaching or developing the curriculum for a new course. All of these options must be related to psychology. Please carefully review the regulations to learn more.

The other 20 of the 40 required CE credits may be from the following five categories with the limits noted: 

1. Completing a graduate course related to the practice of psychology, given by a regionally accredited school, college or university up to 20 credits. (Note this is not something that has to be approved by one of the four providers in a). Also note that the course does not have to be from an accredited psychology program but rather from a regionally accredited school, college or university). 

2. Authorship of a published textbook or textbook chapter related to the practice of psychology up to five credits.

3. Authorship of a published peer-reviewed article related to the practice of psychology up to five credits.

4. Presenting a lecture or seminar to professional peers or teaching or developing the curriculum for a new CE course or program related to psychology up to five credits.

5. Teaching or developing the curriculum for a new course related to psychology in a regionally accredited school, college or university up to five credits.

Psychologists should note the limits allowed in each of the five categories above and should read carefully the NJ psychology CE regulations for a full description of the requirements. 

What types of CE offerings are considered "home study?"
Home study is defined as any program or activity where there is no ability for live interaction.  Examples include pre-recorded webinars and reading material approved for CE credit.

Can instructors get CE credit?
Yes. For presenting a new  lecture or seminar to professional peers, or teaching or developing the curriculum for a new CE course or program related to psychology.  New means the licensee has never presented the seminar/lecture before or taught/developed curriculum for that course in any other educational setting.  Instructors will earn one credit for each 50 minutes of the lecture/seminar/course/program, up to 5 credits.  Instructors do not need to be psychologists however they must have expertise in the content area and be competent to teach the program at a level that builds upon a completed doctoral program in psychology. Also, a doctoral level psychologist must be involved in all aspects of program planning and development.

Can any Credits Carry Over from the Last License Renewal Period? 
If you complete more than the minimum continuing education credit hours in a licensing biennial period, you can carry over no more than 10 credits into the succeeding biennial period. You are still obligated to take 4 domestic violence credits and 1 opioid credit each biennial period.  Read the New Jersey Register CE Requirements Comments and Responses here. 

When are the Continuing Education Credits Due?
Licensed psychologists are required to complete the required continuing education by the end of each renewal period, June 30 of each odd-numbered year.

Can I Get a Waiver of Continuing Education Requirements? 
The Board of Psychological Examiners has the discretion to waive the requirements on an individual basis for reasons of hardship, such as severe illness, disability, or military service. If you are seeking a waiver, you must apply for a waiver to the Board of Psychological Examiners in writing at least 90 days prior to license renewal. Supporting materials are required. If a waiver is granted, it is only effective for that biennial period granted. Please note that a long length of time as a licensee has not been approved as a reason for waiver of continuing education requirements. 

Can the Board of Psychological Examiners Require that I Complete Additional Continuing Education?
The Board of Psychological Examiners may direct or order a licensee to complete more than the minimum amount of credits as part of a disciplinary or remedial measure or to correct a deficiency.

Must I Document My Continuing Education Credits? 
You must maintain your continuing education documentation for 4 years after completion. Course work vs. other means of accumulating credit must be specifically documented as spelled out in the regulations. For every biennial license renewal, you shall attest that you have completed your continuing education requirements and the Board of Psychological Examiners will perform random audits of licensees to determine compliance with continuing education requirements. It is very important that you create a tracking system for yourself. Do you have a hard copy binder of your documentation or an e-folder of your continuing education documentation? Get organized today! 

Is it acceptable to provide certificates of attendance to participants who are non-psychologists?
Yes. All participants attending the full length of your program may request a certificate of attendance. However, it is recommended that participants check with their respective state board to ensure that credits obtained will be accepted.  

How Can I Track Continuing Education Certificates?
As an NJPA member, one of your member benefits is the CE Transcript module which allows you to keep a running list of your CE activities, as well as offers an electronic storage bank of your CE certificates.  Please note:  we strongly recommend that you maintain a hard copy and electronic copy of all CE certificates.  You must hold on to your CE records for 4 years.

Know the Board of Psychological Examiners Regulations. The Mandatory Continuing Education Regulations start on page 57.
Board of Psychological Examiners CE FAQ Page
List of Approved APA Sponsors