Psychologist Examiners: Instructors, Training Requirements, and Continuing Education
The purpose of continuing professional education (CPE) requirements for psychologists is to ensure that licensees update and advance their skills such that the public shall benefit from the most current and effective standards of professional practice. To further the goal of public benefit, all psychologists are required to fulfill a portion of their CPE in the areas of ethics and cultural diversity as related to the profession of psychology.
- Required hours. The board requires 40 hours of CPE for licensed psychologists and psychologist associates during every 2 years. For conditional prescribing and unrestricted prescribing psychologists the board requires 60 hours of CPE every 2 years.
- Program types. CPE credits are divided into two categories depending on the design and approval process for the experience and on the monitoring of the psychologist. Psychologists must obtain at least 15 of their 40 hours every 2 years in category I, which is the most stringent in terms of presentation standards and monitoring. Any additional hours to complete the 40 hour requirement may be from category I or category II.
- Cultural diversity: a minimum of 2 hours every 2 years from either category must be in the area of cultural diversity or health disparities.
- Equity and inclusion: a minimum of 4 hours every 2 years from either category I or II must be on the topic of race, ethnicity, systemic racism, structural inequality, poverty, or the intersection of variables that impact marginalized communities.
- Ethics: a minimum of 4 hours every 2 years from either category must be in the area of ethics.
- Psychopharmacology or psychopharmacotherapy: for conditional prescribing or unrestricted prescribing psychologists, 40 hours every 2 years out of the 60-hour CPE requirement must be in the area of psychopharmacology or psychopharmacotherapy.
For more information on the CPE Requirements, visit this link: https://www.srca.nm.gov/parts/title16/16.022.0009.html
See Statutes, Rules, and Rule Hearings regarding specific license requirements.
Loan Repayment Program
- The purpose of New Mexico’s Loan Repayment Programs is to help with student loan repayment for practicing professionals in high need professions such as health care.