Continuing Education


Every person holding an Idaho license as a Professional Counselor, Clinical Professional Counselor, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, or a Marriage and Family Therapist must complete in each twelve-month period preceding the renewal of a license, twenty (20) contact hours of continuing education. A contact hour is one (1) hour of actual participation in a continuing education activity, exclusive of breaks.


Contact Hours. The contact hours of continuing education must be obtained in areas of study germane to the practice for which the license is issued as approved by the Board. No less than three (3) contact hours for each renewal period must be in ethics, which must be specific to legal issues, law, or ethics. Therapeutic workshops, retreats and other self-help activities are not considered continuing education training unless specific parts of the experience are applicable to counseling or therapy practice.


For more specifics regarding continuing education please review Rule 425 

The rules do not require that all continuing education courses that you attend be pre-approved by the Board. It requires “The contact hours of continuing education must be obtained in areas of study germane to the practice for which the license is issued as approved by the Board.” (425.01) Presentations germane to your practice are usually acceptable to the Board. Offerings in association with or under the auspices of providers listed below as “approved by the Board” are acceptable, without question. If you are reluctant to take a class from a presenter not on this pre-approved list you might approach the presenter and ask if he has sought or is willing to pursue pre-approval. Pre-approval eliminates any question of the course being acceptable for your continuing education requirement.

CE providers may obtain Board approval by submitting a completed Continuing Education Approval Form


Accredited College or University Sponsored Courses/Workshops

American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)

American Association of State Social Work Boards (AASSWB)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Any National or State Recognized Mental Health Helping Associations

Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Idaho Health and Welfare - Only Germane Courses

Idaho Department of Corrections - Only Germane Courses

Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IDAMFT)

Idaho Chapter National Association for Social Workers (NASW-ID)

Idaho Counseling Association (ICA)

Idaho/Eastern Oregon EMDRIA Regional Network (EMDR)

Idaho School Counselor Association (ISCA)

Idaho Mental Health Counselor Association (IMHCA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

Idaho Psychological Association (IPA)

Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work (ISCSW)

Idaho Society for Individual Psychologists (ISIP)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Sexual Offender Management Board

Supervision Renewal Information

 Q.     What constitutes as an advanced supervision course/training in order to recertify as a supervisor? 
A.     Advanced Supervision Training: An opportunity to receive instruction in supervision topics beyond those covered in basic supervision training. Advanced training may focus on special topics or emerging and innovative methods in counselor supervision.