Continuing Education (CE)

Important Information for Licensees About Completing Continuing Education for a Past Renewal Period

The COVID-19 law waiver waiving the requirement for licensees to complete 36 hours of continuing education in order to renew has now ended.  This waiver of required continuing education to renew a license was available to all licensees whose license expired between March 31, 2020 and October 31, 2021.  Although the waiver allowed licensees to renew without completing required continuing education, licensees remain responsible for completing continuing education required for past renewal periods.   The Board would like to remind all licensees that they must complete all continuing education for past renewal periods by April 1, 2022.  Failure to do so will result in a citation and/or a fine if you are audited. 

Please also keep in mind that continuing education courses taken for your past renewal cycle will not count toward your required continuing education for your current renewal cycle

Information about where to find acceptable CE courses can be found below under "Where to find CE courses"

Associates and Licensees must complete mandatory CE courses, from providers who meet requirements in Title 16, §1887.4.3 of the California Code of Regulations.

The Board performs audits for CE hours, as part of its consumer protection duties. Associates and/or Licensees who do not comply with the Board’s CE requirements may be subject to disciplinary action from the Board’s Enforcement Unit.

  • Notification of Audit
    • Associates and/or Licensee are notified of CE audits, by letter or email from the Board
    • Upon receipt, the licensee must provide the Board with the information requested in the letter, by the due date.
  • Non-compliance
    • Non-compliant files will be forwarded to the Board’s Enforcement Unit for further analysis following the audit.
    • Associates and/or Licensees who are aware, or discover non-compliance with CE requirements are advised to:
      • Complete all required hours immediately; AND
      • Provide the Board with completed course information, along with a letter of explanation.

As of 7/1/17, the Board no longer keeps a list of valid CE Providers. Associates and Licensees are responsible for finding and verifying that a CE Provider is accepted by the BBS. The Board does not have the ability to verify if a provider's approval is in good standing or not. Please refer to the sections below for places to find CE courses.