Psychologist Continuing Education

Unless granted a postponement or waiver, all licensed psychologists, except those who obtained their initial licensure and commencement of a full two year licensure period, shall complete at least 40 hours of board-approved continuing education through any of the following:

  • APA (American Psychological Association)
  • NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)
  • CPA (Canadian Psychological Association)
  • WPA (Wisconsin Psychological Association)
  • WSPA (Wisconsin School Psychologists Association)
  • Category 1 AMA or AOA
  • Continuing education courses approved by the licensing board in another state where the psychologist is also licensed
  • Graduate level courses or continuing education courses relevant to the professional practice of psychology offered by accredited colleges and universities, or CE courses approved by the psychology board in another state where the participant is licensed.  The Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter PSY 4 outlines the CE requirements.

A minimum of six hours shall be in ethics, risk management, or jurisprudence.

Other Methods for Obtaining CE

In addition to the routine class setting, CE credits can be obtained by:

  1. First or second authorship of professional papers or books. Authors of a scientific or professional book or article in a peer-reviewed scientific or professional journal can earn up to 20 hours.
  2. Teaching courses or workshops. Teaching graduate level courses may earn up to 20 hours for the first time the course is taught. Presenters of professional papers, seminars and workshops can count hours of presentation for the first time the presentation is made.
  3. Taking graduate courses. Successful completion of graduate level courses may earn up to 20 hours.

Documentation should be maintained regarding how the criteria were met. Such documentation would include the course syllabus regarding a new course taught, the program description and verification that the program was actually held for a professional presentation, and the syllabus and transcript for a course taken. Licensees must submit all of this documentation when audits are conducted to ensure compliance with CE requirements.

The Department does not pre-approve continuing education programs.  If the courses satisfy the requirements of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, they will be accepted toward a psychologist's CE renewal requirements.

Application to Receive Continuing Education Credit for Voluntary, Uncompensated Evaluation Assistance Programs with The Department of Health Services (Form #2945)

Trainee Attestation Supervision Form

Biennium from 10/1/odd – 9/30/odd year.

NOTE: Continuing education requirements do not apply to the biennium in which the license was first issued.