The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists is a ten-member board consisting of three professional counselors, three social workers, three marriage and family therapists, and one consumer. The three members from each profession constitute a separate standards committee for their respective specialty. The members are appointed by the Governor. Persons wishing to bring matters for the Board’s consideration should submit written notification or request to Board office.
The Board is charged by law with regulating the practice of professional counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Georgia. It does so by enforcing the education and training requirements established by law for licensure in each profession, by adopting and enforcing a code of ethics governing licensees, by establishing and enforcing continuing education requirements, and by addressing unlicensed practice in these professions.
CHANGES REGARDING CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS FOR THE 2012 RENEWAL OF COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS PROFESSIONAL LICENSES
The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists (the “Board”) voted August 5, 2011 to adopt amendments to their rule regarding Continuing Education requirements. The primary change involved the number of online CE’s the Board will accept:
135-9-.01 Requirements. Amended
(4) A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education may be obtained online for each two-year renewal period.
- This rule change became effective on August 30, 2011
The Board also adopted on a policy during their August 5, 2011 Board meeting to accept all approved online CE hours obtained by a licensee between July 1, 2010 (NOT PREVIOUSLY USED TO SATISFY THE 2010 RENEWAL PERIOD) and September 30, 2011 for the upcoming September 2012 Renewal. This will apply ONLY for the 2012 renewal.
Simply put, this means:
- Any CE Hours you have obtained between July 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011, if they meet the Board’s CE Hours provider requirements, will be accepted for the renewal of your license in 2012, even if all 35 CE Hours were online or a combination, just as in past years.
- If you have not yet obtained any CE Hours for the 2012 renewal before September 30, 2011, then this new rule change applies to you: Only 10 CE Hours will be accepted from online (approved) sources.