The Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements

Effective after the 2017 license renewal, or upon the completion of the first renewal of a license thereafter, 40 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) must be completed every 24 month registration period.

  • Current period: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2023
  • 40 hours of continuing professional development are required for 2019 licensure renewal
  • One (1) continuing education hour (CE) is equivalent to one (1) professional development hour (PDH)

What is required, how to comply?

The development, execution and documentation of a learning plan. There is an optional self-assessment tool, to determine your learning goals, and it’s available on the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website. Reflective Self-Assessment (RSAT)

Completion of at least 40 hours of continuing professional development (CPD). It is your responsibility to find programs that meet the requirements in the categories defined in the statute; they are not pre-approved by the Board.

Categories include: coursework, ethics, developing and teaching an academic course, graduate coursework, presenting, publication, editorial review

Per Section 12-43-307 (2)(b)(I)(A), coursework includes: 

  • Attending workshops, symposia, seminars, colloquia, invited speaker sessions, postdoctoral institutes or scientific or professional programs offered at meetings of local, state, regional and national or international professional or scientific organizations.
  • Activities may include online continuing education
  • With the exception of 5 PDH, activities must qualify as continuing education units or continuing medical education credit approved by the APA, state medical association Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education or by a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Documentation of all CPD hours.
  • There is a learning plan form, to record your PDH’s (CEs) should you be audited, and it’s available on the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website. Learning Plan
  • You must have a documentation transcript or certificate of attendance

Exemptions: The only exemption allowed is a military exemption: Active duty serving in an officially designated war or emergency.

Everything you need to know:


The Colorado Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.