Why is it beneficial for a pre-licensee to complete continuing education courses? (California AMFTs, APCCs and ASWs)

Although you are not required to complete continuing education courses until you are licensed, these courses are a great way for pre-licensed clinicians to earn additional hours of experience and expand their knowledge and skills.  In addition, as of January 1, 2021 there is a new Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention requirement that can be satisfied with a continuing education course.  Continue reading

How do I log continuing education credits when I am pre-licensed?

Until you are licensed as an LMFT, LPCC or LCSW, continuing education hours do not technically count as CEs.  Continuing education hours should be logged in the category of workshops and trainings.  The BBS does not require you to submit or retain any documentation of the training.  As long as your supervisor approves the training and the hours are documented on a signed experience verification form, they can be claimed toward licensure.

New 2021 BBS Forms

The BBS has released new experience verification and weekly summary forms dated January 1, 2021.  The experience verification forms have only one minor change on page 1.  “*If licensed in California for less than two years on the first date of experience claimed, provide out-of-state license information.” was changed to “*If licensed in California for less than two years on the first date of experience claimed, attach out-of-state
license information.”  Note that only the Option 1 (New Requirements) forms were updated and the Option 2 forms have been removed from the BBS site.  TYH will continue to produce the Option 2 forms until December 31, 2021.

The weekly summary forms were changed from 8 rows with the weeks as column headers to 5 rows with the weeks as row headers.  Note that only the Option 1 (New Requirements) forms were updated and the Option 2 forms have been removed from the BBS site.  TYH will continue to produce the Option 2 forms until December 31, 2021.

Example of new Option 1 LMFT Weekly Summary Form

Six Year Rule

What is the 6-year rule?

California Associates may only claim hours earned within 6 years of the date they submit their application for examination and licensure. The only exception to this rule is that AMFTs may claim up to 500 pre-degree practicum hours in the categories of counseling and supervision (other categories may not be claimed).  The BBS has recently reiterated that there are no COVID waivers related to the 6-year rule and no exceptions will be made.

California LMFT Option 2

What if I am unable to complete my 3,000 total hours by December 31, 2020, but I want to be evaluated under Option 2 (old requirements)?

On Friday, May 15 the BBS hosted a Facebook Live event and stated that if you are unable to complete the Option 2 requirements by December 31, 2020 as a result of issues related to COVID-19 you should post-mark your application by that date (the deadline for submitting under the old requirements).  The BBS will review your application and you will receive a deficiency letter.  You will have one year from the date of the deficiency letter to submit additional hours and you will still be evaluated under the Option 2 requirements.  You must post-mark your application by December 31 or you will lose the ability to choose Option 2.