Maintenance of your professional license is a critical component to your practice as a therapist. Professional licenses are issued, regulated and maintained at the state level by a licensure board and the department of professional regulation. Each state has its own requirements, processes and deadlines. Here are some important things to remember about your license:
- Individuals may apply for a state professional license either as a first-time licensee (typically a new grad) or as an individual licensed in another state.
- Professional licenses are renewed every 2 years. The renewal dates vary from state to state and by discipline.
- Most states have a requirement for continuing education that must be fulfilled before the renewal period.
- Many of these educational requirements can be met by taking CEU 360 classes which are available free for all full and part-time ONR employees.
- In some states, on-line courses will partially satisfy your educational requirements.
- Most states require that you report an address change within a defined time period. Some states will fine or censure you if you don’t report timely.
- Most states also require you to report name changes and charges or convictions of a crime.
Tips for maintaining your license:
- Complete your license renewal 30–60 days before the expiration date. Remember that it is YOUR responsibility to track your expiration date and respond in a timely fashion. It is especially critical during the pandemic, as state agencies may be understaffed and license renewal may take longer than usual.
- Know your state’s educational requirements and make sure you have completed them prior to renewing.
- Keep your continuing education records (certificates of completion) for the required period of time in your state.
- Report address changes, name changes, and any criminal charges/convictions to your licensure board in a timely fashion as required in your state.
- Do not ever practice with an expired license even if your renewal is pending.
We know that COVID fatigue is setting in hard and we’re here for you! Just a reminder to continue to socially distance with your coworkers whenever possible. Even if you have PPE on, distancing continues to be important in our communities.