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Washington DC continuing education (CE) requirements:

With the goal of enhancing the protection and promotion of public health and in accordance with the rulemaking authority under D.C. Offical Code #3-1203.02(12), the director has promulgated rules requiring licensed health professinoals to complete at least 10% of their required total of continuing education in the public heatlh priorities of the District as deteremined and published every 5 years or less frequently as deemed appropriate. The following topics have ebeen identified as key public health priorities:

1. Responsible opioid prescribing and effective pain management;
2. Nutrition and obesity prevention;
3. Identifying and reporting abuse (child and adult), neglect (child and adult), human trafficking, and domestic violence;
4. Sexual health (including taking sexual history, discussing sexual experiences with patients, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), HPV vaccines, connections to cancer, latent tuberculosis, safe sex, and birth control);
5. Ethics and appropriate patient interactions (i.e. boundaries, patient privacy, and communications including telehealth);
6. Smoking, vaping, and tobacco (including dangers, smoking cessation, and non-smoke tobacco products);
7. Preparing your patients for an emergency and handling vulnerable populations in an emergency}
8. Identifying impairment (physical or mental) in patients and providers (including complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act);
9. Vaccinations (including legal requirements and appropriate exemptions); and,
10. Implicit bias, cultural competence and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health and health care.



Psychologists

Washington DC Board of Psychology  
CE Required: 30 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: 15 hours (15 hours must be live)
License Expiration: 12/31, odd years 
National Accreditation Accepted: APA, NBCC
Notes: 3 hours in ethics and 2 hours in LGBTQ required each renewal
Date of Info: 2/24/2021

Washington DC psychologists can earn up to 15 hours per renewal through online courses offered on the psychology page of this website. Click here to view online CE courses for psychologists. 

 
 

Counselors

Washington DC Board of Professional Counseling 
CE Required: 40 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: No limit 
License Expiration: 12/31, even years 
National Accreditation Accepted: NBCC 
Notes: 6 hrs ethics & 4 hrs trauma counseling required each renewal
Date of Info: 2/24/2021

Washington DC counselors can earn all 40 hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the counseling page of this website. Click here to view NBCC-approved online CE courses.

 
 

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)

The DC Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 
CE Required: 20 hours, every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: No limit
License Expiration: 12/31, even years
National Accreditation Accepted: ASHA - Professional Development Resources is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA Provider #AAUM) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Notes: 1 hour in ethics required each renewal; 2 hrs LGBTQ; 5 hours in each of the audiology & SLP disciplines
Date of Info
: 2/24/2021

DC SLPs can earn all 20 hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the speech-language pathology page of this website. Click here to view ASHA-approved online CEU courses.

 
 

Social Workers

Washington DC Board of Social Work 
CE Required: 40 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: 12 hours 
License Expiration: 7/31, odd years 
National Accreditation Accepted: ASWB
Notes: 6 hrs ethics req'd each renewal (must be live); 2 hrs LGBTQ CE; 4 hrs public health priorites
Date of Info: 2/24/2021

Washington DC social workers can earn up to 12 hours for renewal through online courses offered on the social work page of this website. Click here to view ASWB-approved online CE courses.

 
 

Occupational Therapists (OTs)

Washington DC Board of OT 
CE Required: OT-24/OTA-12 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: No limit
License Expiration: 9/30, odd years
National Accreditation Accepted: AOTA
Notes: 2 hours of LGBTQ CE required each renewal
Date of Info: 2/24/2021

Washington DC OTs can earn all 24 hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the occupational therapy page of this website. Click here to view AOTA-approved online CEU courses.

 

 

Marriage & Family Therapists (MFTs)

Washington DC Board of MFT  
CE Required: 30 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: 15 hours (15 must be live) 
License Expiration: 12/31, even years 
National Accreditation Accepted: APA, NBCC
Notes: 6 hrs ethics required each renewal; 2 hours LGBTQ
Date of Info: 2/24/2021

Washington DC MFTs can earn up to 15 hours per renewal through online courses offered on the marriage & family therapy page of this website. Click here to view NBCC-approved online CE courses.

 
 

Dietitians & Nutritionists (RDNs)

Washington DC Board of Dietetics & Nutrition
CE Required: 30 hours every 2 years 
Online CE Allowed: No limit 
License Expiration: 11/1, odd years 
National Accreditation Accepted: CDR  
Date of Info: 2/24/2021

Washington DC dietitians/nutritionists can earn all 30 hours required for renewal through online courses offered on the nutrition & dietetics page of this website. Click here to view CDR-approved online CE courses.