BBS Required Courses


Links to potential sources of reading material are located under each course description.

Note: The total units for a particular requirement may be accrued through multiple courses.

1. Spousal or Partner Abuse (1 time requirement)
For renewals after January 1, 2004, licensees must complete a one-time course in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies including community resources, cultural factors, and same gender abuse dynamics. There is no hour length specified for renewals in 2004. If the course is taken on or after January 1, 2005, it must be at least seven hours. Equivalent course work or experience may be substituted for this requirement, but will not count as CE.

2. Law and Ethics (each renewal cycle)
Any person renewing their license on or after January 1, 2004 is required to have completed no less than six hours of continuing education in the subject of Law and Ethics for this and each subsequent renewal. The six hours shall be considered part of the 36 hour CE requirement.

3. Aging and Long Term Care (1 time requirement)
For renewals after January 1, 2005, those persons who began graduate study prior to January 1, 2004 must complete a 3-hour continuing education course in aging and long term care. The course could include, but is not limited to, the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging. The Board may accept evidence of completion of an equivalent course or courses taken prior to January 1, 2005 or may accept prior teaching or practice experience in order to fulfill the continuing education requirement.

4. HIV/AIDS (1 time requirement)
One of the mandatory CE courses is HIV/AIDS. This is a one time requirement due with your first renewal. The HIV/AIDS course must be at least seven hours in length and cover the characteristics and method of assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Exception: If you have taken HIV/AIDS courses in the past, or if you have equivalent teaching or practice experience, you do not need to retake the HIV/AIDS courses. Previous coursework or experience cannot be credited towards your CE hours.

Reprinted from CA BBS Website - Continuing Education Mandatory Courses June 26, 2004.
For the most current and complete information visit the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Continuing Education link at CA BBS Continuing Education



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