Information About Continuing Professional Development (CPD - formerly known as Continuing Education/CE)

Effective January 1, 2023, the California Board of Psychology (Board) will be requiring licensees to complete 36 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) biennially.

WHAT IS CPD? CPD is a broader concept, referring to the continuing development of the multi-faceted abilities needed for quality professional performance in one’s area of practice. This model consists of 15 continuing professional development activities grouped under four different categories. This change does not affect the required 36 hours required for renewal.

For a summary of changes - and to see what qualifies as continuing professional development - visit the California Board of Psychology's Regulation Advisory on Continuing Professional Development.

SVPA Welcomes Your Proposal To Conduct

A Continuing Professional Development Course!

We want to help you prepare a submission that is correct and complete and avoids the necessity for revision and/or supplementation.  SVPA is a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA), thus CPA co-sponsors any events that SVPA provides CPD credits for. CPA is an APA-approved provider of continuing education. SVPA will apply for CPD credits through CPA and must abide by all APA guidelines for continuing education. Therefore, the information we require must be provided in full and in the format requested.  In order to be considered, your application must include the following:

  • A Completed Application CPD/CE Course Application found HERE 

  • A Course Syllabus That Includes Course Description and Timed Outline (see example HERE)

  • Learning Objectives Written to APA Standards (see Helpful Tips HERE)

  • 3-5 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Written Within The Past 10 Years As References That Substantiate The Material Upon Which Your Presentation Will Be Based (written in APA Format, helpful tips HERE)

  • Curriculum Vitae For Each Presenter (may be in pdf)

  • One headshot photograph of each presenter (jpg file required)

  • Bio (maximum 60 words) for each presenter (sent as word doc)

All correspondence to CPA regarding CPD hours under the SVPA sponsorship, including final paperwork, any marketing materials (e.g., email letters, flyers, etc.), and payment for processing fees, will be completed by SVPA. We aim to submit all initial paperwork to CPA at least 6 weeks in advance of the presentation in order to ensure that they have enough time to review and process the request.  

Submit your application to and please reach out if you have any questions or need assistance in completing your submission.

Resources for Obtaining Continuing Professional Development Hours

Board of Psychology Continuing Education Requirements

California Psychological Association (CPA) 

  • Provides webinar trainings that are either discounted or free for members at specific levels
  • Gain CE credits simply by reading the California Psychologist and answering questions
American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Read APA articles to gain CE credits
  • Get discounts through membership


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