When California first introduced a continuing
education requirement for psychologists, the law
required that each and every course be approved by
an accrediting agency.
At the outset, all CE credits were reported to CPA,
and CPA could identify all qualifying courses. No
course would count unless it had been approved by
CPA (i.e., it was "MCEP approved").
any course from an APA approved sponsor, or any
"relevant" course from a CMA (California Medical
Association) approved provider can be used for
credit. CPA continues to accredit sponsors and to
approve courses, but today, most of the courses you
will take are offered by APA approved sponsors.
psychologists, the most important thing to know
that unless you have found courses that are
approved by CPA and that have an MCEP approval
must submit the
to CPA, letting
CPA know what courses you have taken. You only need
to do this once during each license renewal cycle.
It costs $35 to submit the form, so make sure you
have all of the hours you need before you report
At my CE FAQ pages (click
you will find what I believe is a complete
discussion of the CE issues you need to
If you have a problem with your CE requirements,
feel free to contact me. I might have the answer,
or I might know who does.