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Professional Counselor - Continuing Education 

NOTE: The rules regarding continuing education will be changing effective at the start of the next biennium (3/1/2015). These rule changes will not affect the upcoming renewal. A link to the rule text will be posted here when it is available.

Please Note: Continuing education is not required to renew your license the first time.  See 14.03 (3)


Professional Counselors are required to successfully complete 30 hours of continuing education courses in the first full biennium after they are licensed.  The biennium begins on 3/1/ of each odd-numbered year and ends on 2/28/odd. 


Licensees must take a minimum of 15 credit hours in professional counselor continuing education programs through NRCA, ARCA, WRCA, NBCC, ACA, WCA, CRCC or a college or university that is accredited by CACREP.  [s. MPSW 14.04 (1) – (5)]  Four of those 15 credit hours must be in professional counselor ethics and professional boundaries. 

The remainder of the 30 credit hours may be obtained through the APA Committee for the Approval of Continuing Education, Category I – AMA or AOA, through programs recognized by the Social Work Section under s. MPSW 8.03 (1m) or through programs recognized by the Marriage and Family Therapy Section under s. MPSW 19.02 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. 

Additional credits may be given for other activities including, but not limited to, teaching academic courses, publishing professional books, and presenting at national conferences, all of which may require substantial preparation and/or research related to the knowledge and practice of professional counseling.

See Administrative Code Chapter MPSW 14 for more details on the CE requirements.

The Department does not pre-approve continuing education programs. If the courses satisfy the requirements of Administrative Code Chapter MPSW 14, they will be accepted toward a professional counselor’s CE renewal requirements.    


NOTE: Continuing education requirement does not apply to the biennium when license was first issued.

Biennium from 3/1/odd – 2/28/odd