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Continuing Education for Counselors: Requirements by State

Across the United States, therapists, counselors, and other mental health professionals are often required to participate in continuing education (CE) credits, also known as CEUs to stay licensed. Professional licensing boards typically outline requirements mental health professionals must fulfill each year. In this post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about continuing education for counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals and break down each state’s requirements.

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What Is Continuing Education for Counselors?

Continuing education for counselors are state required units (CEUs) that a counselor, therapist, or other mental health professional must take to keep their license active. Continuing education opportunities are available in a variety of formats including: workshops, online courses, seminars, peer consultations, and more. During the covid-19 pandemic, many CEUs were moved to an online structure. All continuing education courses must be generally approved by a state approved licensing agency to meet requirements for credit.



Why is Continuing Education Important for Mental Health Professionals?

Continuing education is important for mental health professionals for several reasons. Firstly, it’s an important requirement to keep your license active by fulfilling your state’s unique CEU requirements. Continuing education units (CEUs) are also important because they allow counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals to keep up to date with best practices. Another great benefit of CEUs is that mental health professionals can network with other mental health professionals to grow,  build better practices, and better serve patients in need.

Alabama CE Requirements

Alabama requires 10 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 10 hours ALC, 40 hours LPC every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes – 10 CEUs for online
Submission deadline: 7/31 every 2 years
Website: http://abec.alabama.gov/

Alaska CE Requirements

Alaska requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline: 10/31
Website: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ProfessionalCounselors.aspx

Arizona CE Requirements

Arizona requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 3 years.

CE Required : 30 hours / every 3 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline:
Website: http://azbbhe.us/

Arkansas CE Requirements

Arizona requires 24 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 24 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? Yes
Submission deadline:
Website: http://abec.myarkansas.net/

California CE Requirements

Arizona requires 36 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 36 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes
Submission deadline: N/A
Website: http://www.bbs.ca.gov/applicants/lpcc.html




Colorado CE Requirements

Colorado requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours
Home study accepted? N/A
Submission deadline: N/A
Website: https://dpo.colorado.gov/ProfessionalCounselor

Connecticut CE Requirements

Connecticut requires 15 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 15 hours each year
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline:
Website: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=396918

Delaware CE Requirements

Delaware requires 15 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline: 9/30 biennially of even years
Website: https://dpr.delaware.gov/

Florida CE Requirements

Florida requires 25 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 25 hours + 2 hours Medical Errors and 3 hours Ethics every 2 years
Home study accepted? Yes, no limit
Submission deadline: 3/31
Website: http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/renewals/licensed-mental-health-counselor/

Georgia CE Requirements

Georgia requires 35 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 35 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes,10 hours
Submission deadline:
Website: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43




Hawaii CE Requirements

Hawaii requires no hours of continuing education for mental health professionals.

CE Required : Hawaii does not have CE requirements for licensure renewal. Licenses are on a triennial renew
Home study accepted? N/A
Submission deadline: June 30 Every 3 years
Website: http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/mental/

Idaho CE Requirements

Idaho requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 20 hours / Idaho
Home study accepted? yes,10 hours
Submission deadline:
Website: https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardAdditional.aspx?Bureau=COU&BureauLinkID=130

Illinois CE Requirements

Illinois requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 3/31 odd years
Website: http://www.imhca.org/CEs

Indiana CE Requirements

Indiana requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 20 hours / every year
Home study accepted? yes, 50% can be obtained online
Submission deadline: yearly ondate of issue
Website: http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Iowa CE Requirements

Iowa requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 9/30 even years
Website: http://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Behavioral-Science/Continuing-Education




Kansas CE Requirements

Kansas requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline:
Website: http://ksbsrb.ks.gov/

Kentucky CE Requirements

Kansas requires 10 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 10 hours / every year
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 10/31
Website: http://lpc.ky.gov/Pages/regulations.aspx

Louisiana CE Requirements

Louisiana requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 6/30
Website: http://www.ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/directory/detail/530/catid/142

Maine CE Requirements

Maine requires 55 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 55 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: date of issue
Website: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/counselors/professional.html#renewal

Maryland CE Requirements

Maryland requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? Yes, no more than 10 hours
Submission deadline: 12/31 every 2 years
Website: https://health.maryland.gov/Pages/Home.aspxhealth.maryland.gov/




Massachusetts CE Requirements

Massachusetts requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? Yes
Submission deadline: 12/31 odd years
Website: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mh/

Michigan CE Requirements

Michigan requires no continuing education for mental health professionals.

CE Required : None
Home study accepted? N/A
Submission deadline: every 3 years from date of issue
Website: http://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/lpc-and-lpcc/continuing-ed.jsp

Minnesota CE Requirements

Minnesota requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline:
Website: http://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/lpc-and-lpcc/continuing-ed.jsp

Mississippi CE Requirements

Mississippi requires 24 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 24 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 6/30
Website: https://www.lpc.ms.gov/secure/index.asp

Missouri CE Requirements

Missouri requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes, 20 hours
Submission deadline:
Website: http://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp




Montana CE Requirements

Montana requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 20 hours / every year
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 12/31
Website: http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/bbh#1

Nebraska CE Requirements

Nebraska requires 32 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 32 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes, 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline: 9/1 even numbered years
Website: http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Professions-and-Occupations.aspx

Nevada CE Requirements

Louisiana requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 20 Hours / every year
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 12/31
Website: http://marriage.nv.gov/

New Hampshire CE Requirements

New Hampshire requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes, 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline: date of issue
Website: http://www.nh.gov/

New Jersey CE Requirements

New Jersey requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline:
Website: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc/Pages/regulations.aspx




New Mexico CE Requirements

New Mexico requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 10/31
Website: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Counseling_and_Therapy_Practice_Requirements_and_Continuing_Education.aspx

New York CE Requirements

New York requires 36 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 3 years.

CE Required : 36 hours / every 3 years
Home study accepted? yes, 12 hours
Submission deadline: 1/1
Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhccehome.htm

North Carolina CE Requirements

North Carolina requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 6/30
Website: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/renewal#ContinuingEducationRequirements

North Dakota CE Requirements

North Dakota requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: Date of Issue
Website: http://www.ndbce.org/education.shtml

Ohio CE Requirements

Ohio requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? 30 hours
Submission deadline: date of issue
Website: http://cswmft.ohio.gov/Counselors.aspx




Oklahoma CE Requirements

Oklahoma requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 20 hours / every year
Home study accepted? 10 hours
Submission deadline: 6/30
Website: http://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/

Oregon CE Requirements

Oregon requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: last day of birth month
Website: http://www.oregon.gov/OBLPCT/pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania CE Requirements

Pennsylvania requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes, 20 hours
Submission deadline:
Website: http://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/SocialWorkersMarriageanFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors/Pages/Board-Laws-and-Regulations.aspx#.VG-alVZOk5s

Rhode Island CE Requirements

Rhode Island requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? yes, 20 hours allowed
Submission deadline: 7/1
Website: http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=228#three

South Carolina CE Requirements

South Carolina requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 8/31 odd years
Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors/




South Dakota CE Requirements

South Dakota requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 12/31 odd years
Website: https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/counselors/counselors.aspx

Tennessee CE Requirements

Tennessee requires 10 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 10 hours / every year
Home study accepted? yes, 10 hours
Submission deadline:
Website: https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pcmft-board/pcmft-board/licensure.html

Texas CE Requirements

Texas requires 24 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 24 hours every 2 years, plus Texas Jurisprudence Exam required
Home study accepted? Yes
Submission deadline: last day of birth month every other year
Website: https://www.bhec.texas.gov/statues-and-rules/index.html

Utah CE Requirements

Utah requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 9/30
Website: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/cmhc.html

Vermont CE Requirements

Vermont requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? 28 hours
Submission deadline: date of issue
Website: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/26/065/03269




Virginia CE Requirements

Virginia requires 20 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every year.

CE Required : 20 hours / every year
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: 6/30
Website: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/counseling_laws_regs.htm

Washington CE Requirements

Washington requires 36 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 36 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? Yes, 26 hours
Submission deadline:
Website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor

West Virginia CE Requirements

West Virginia requires 35 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 35 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted? 20 hours
Submission deadline: 6/30
Website: http://www.wvbec.org/becominganlpc.html

Wisconsin CE Requirements

Wisconsin requires 30 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 30 hours every 2 years
Home study accepted? Yes
Submission deadline: 6/30 odd years
Website: http://dsps.wi.gov/Home

Wyoming CE Requirements

Wyoming requires 45 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 45 hours / every 2 years
Home study accepted?
Submission deadline: date of birth
Website: http://mentalhealth.wyo.gov/

Washington D.C. CE Requirements

Washington D.C. requires 40 hours of continuing education for mental health professionals every 2 years.

CE Required : 40 hours
Home study accepted? yes
Submission deadline: 12/31 of even numbered years
Website: https://dchealth.dc.gov/

Final Thoughts on Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals

Thank you for reading our post on continuing education for counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals. In addition to being required by most states with the exception of a small handful, continuing education is a great opportunity to grow as a mental health professional. With every learning opportunity, there is an opportunity for you to transform your practice, your style, and even yourself.

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