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GEORGIA

REQUIREMENTS
35 clock hours of continuing education are required biennially to renew each license.

A minimum of 5 of the 35 hours shall be specifically designated as continuing education in professional ethics relating to any of the specialties of professional counseling, social work, or marriage and family therapy. Continuing education in ethics cannot be obtained through independent study. Of the remaining 30 hours, a minimum of 20 shall be CORE hours (specialty in which the individual is licensed) and a maximum of 10 shall be RELATED hours. A maximum of 5 hours in RELATED hours may be obtained from independent study.

DEFINITIONS
CEU is defined as 10 clock hours of continuing education.

CORE HOURS are continuing education hours acquired in activities in the specialty in which the license is held.

RELATED HOURS may be in another specialty, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling or and allied profession (Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing or Pastoral Counseling. Other areas approved as related hours are graduate level coursework by an academic department in any specialty listed above or a licensing or certification board in another state or jurisdiction, or activities sponsored by federal, state, or local government agencies, public school systems and licensed hospitals.

ACTIVITIES
CORE ACTIVITIES must be sponsored by, cosponsored by, or approved by either:

1. A professional association in the specialty in which the license is held.
2. An academic department in the specialty in which the license is held. Core hours may be obtained by completing graduate level coursework offered by such a department, or participating in continuing education programs sponsored, cosponsored, or approved by such a department, so long as that department is in an accredited educational institution.
3. A licensing or certification board in another jurisdiction which regulates the specialty in which the license is held. If the board is a composite board, the activity must be specifically approved for continuing education in the specialty in which the license is held.

RELATED HOURS may be obtained by participating in activities sponsored by or approved by:

1. Professional associations in the specialties of professional counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, or in the allied professions of psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychology or pastoral counseling.
2. Accredited educational institutions.
3. Government agencies, school systems, and hospitals. Related hours may be obtained by participating in in-service training, courses or workshops sponsored by federal, state, or local government agencies, public school systems, and licensed hospitals.
4. Licensing or certification boards which regulate the specialties of professional counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy, or the allied professions of psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychology, or pastoral counseling.
5. Any of the following independent activities: teaching a course, presenting a lecture, or conducting a workshop for the first time; listening to audio tapes; viewing video tapes; reading, editing or writing professional books or articles; and conducting professional research. Licensees must document their independent study activities.

CONTACT HOURS GRANTED
(Core #1) The professional association shall certify the number of clock hours of education content in each sponsored or approved activity.

(Core #2) The academic department shall certify the number of clock hours of educational content in each sponsored or approved program. For graduate level coursework, a semester hour of course credit shall be equivalent to 15 clock hours of continuing education, and an academic quarter hour of course credit shall be equivalent to 10 clock hours of continuing education.

(Core #3) The board or a board-approved sponsor shall certify the number of clock hours of educational content in each sponsored or approved activity.

 

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