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California Continuing Education Requirements

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the most expensive states to live in is also where the highest paid Registered Nurses are throughout the country. On average, RN’s can make a little over six figures a year in California, which far surpasses other states, especially in the Southern hemisphere. So, what draws people to live in California? With all the deadly wildfires and recent earthquakes that you hear about on the news, what makes the state of California a popular destination for people to live there?

It boils down to a few main reasons: the climate is fair (minus the wildfires), the diverse population and the so called “California Dream”. While the cost of living is higher in California, the pay is better and people seem to be able to make the most out of their careers. In California, RN’s typically have a career path of either becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse in a Critical Care Unit or a Registered Nurse Supervisor. For those just starting out in the field, popular jobs include Traveling RN positions. A traveling nurse position is a relatively new, trending job among the nursing profession. Usually a travel nurse is assigned a certain location for a short period of time, around 13-26 weeks, and then is assigned a new location after that contract has expired.

So when it’s all said and done, maybe you’ll find yourself in a traveling nurse position in California, earning the big bucks and enjoying the “California Dream”.

California Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

California Requires
48 Hours
Every two years
California Department of Public Health
Approved Provider
NAC#7037
California requires
48 hours Every two years
California
Approved Provider NAC#7037
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Requires the completion of 48 credit hours. However, only 24 of those hours may be taken online. A minimum of twelve (12) of the forty-eight (48) hours shall be completed in each year of the two (2) year certification period

CEUFast is approved as an online continuing education provider (NAC#: 7037 by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

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California Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-327-2445 Fax: 916-552-8785 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Aide and Technician Certification Section
PO Box 997377 MS 0500
Sacramento  95899-7377

California Home Health Aid (HHA)

Last Updated: Sunday, March 31, 2024
Because the CDPH no longer permits HHAs to complete online coursework to satisfy their renewal requirements, they will not accept our certificates.
Special Requirements
In California Home Health Aides must obtain twenty-four (24) hours of Inservice-Training/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within their certification period. Twelve (12) of the twenty-four (24) hours are required in each year of the two (2) year certification period. On-line CEUs cannot be used to meet this requirement.
California Department of Public Health
Phone: 916-327-2445 Fax: 916-552-8785 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: Aide and Technician Certification Section
PO Box 997377 MS 0500
Sacramento  95899-7377

California Registered Nurse (RN)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
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Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024

(a) Each licensee renewing a license under Section 2892 of the code shall submit proof of having completed, during the preceding two years, thirty (30) hours of continuing education acceptable to the Board.
(b) This section shall not apply to the first license renewal following the initial issuance of a license.

Special Requirements
Effective January 1, 2023, a licensee still within the first 2 years of holding their license, immediately following their initial licensure, must complete one hour of direct participation in an implicit bias course offered by a continuing education provider that has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing. This new requirement is codified in California Statute under Business and Profession Code 2811.5.
Required Courses
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California Board of Registered Nursing
Phone: 916-322-3350 Fax: 916-574-7697 Website: Visit Site Address: 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  95834-1924

California Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2024

APRNs are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to paying the renewal fee, to maintain an active license.

In accordance with AB 1407 (Burke, Chapter 445, Statutes of 2021), starting January 1, 2023 a licensee still within the first 2 years of holding their license, immediately following their initial licensure, must complete one hour of direct participation in an implicit bias course offered by a continuing education provider that has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Special Requirements

If you have a current Nurse Practitioner Furnishing certification in California and need Schedule II furnishing privileges: You must complete a 3-hour online Schedule II course through the CA Association for Nurse Practitioners. You may register for the online course at this link:

California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) - Controlled Substance II

Required Courses
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California Board of Registered Nursing
Phone: 916-322-3350 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 944210
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  94244-2100

California Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Friday, January 26, 2024

(a) Each licensee renewing a license under Section 2892 of the code shall submit proof of having completed, during the preceding two years, thirty (30) hours of continuing education acceptable to the Board.
(b) This section shall not apply to the first license renewal following the initial issuance of a license.

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Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
Phone: 916-322-3350 Website: Visit Site Address: 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  95834

California Physical Therapist (PT)

Last Updated: Sunday, March 31, 2024

Physical Therapists are required to earn 30 hours of continuing competency ever two years. 

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Special Requirements
Ethics, Laws and Regulations 2 hours
Basic Life Support 4 hours
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Ethics, Laws and Regulations
  • Basic Life Support
Physical Therapy Board of California
Phone: 916-561-8200 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2600
Sacramento  95815

California Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Last Updated: Sunday, March 31, 2024

Physical Therapist Assistants are required to earn 30 hours of continuing competency every two years. 

CEUFast.com courses are not accepted for renewal. 

Special Requirements
Ethics, Laws and Regulations 2 hours
Basic Life Support 4 hours
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Ethics, Laws and Regulations
  • Basic Life Support
Physical Therapy Board of California
Phone: 916-561-8200 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2600
Sacramento  95815

California Occupational Therapist (OT)

California Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Occupational therapists are required to complete 24 PDUs every 2 years

Special Requirements
One half (1/2) of the required number of PDUs must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. The remaining units can be in other areas related to your practice. The Board does not require that you take courses from approved providers. You are also allowed to take online or home study courses, as long as a course completion certificate is provided.
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California Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 916-263-2294 Fax: 916-263-2701 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1610 Arden Way, Suite 121
Sacramento  95815

California Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

California Requires
24 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
24 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Occupational therapists are required to complete 24 PDUs every 2 years

Special Requirements
One half (1/2) of the required number of PDUs must be directly related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. The remaining units can be in other areas related to your practice. The Board does not require that you take courses from approved providers. You are also allowed to take online or home study courses, as long as a course completion certificate is provided.
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California Board of Occupational Therapy
Phone: 916-263-2294 Fax: 916-263-2701 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 1610 Arden Way, Suite 121
Sacramento  95815

California Respiratory Therapist (RT)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2023
Each respiratory care practitioner (RCP) is required to complete 30 hours of approved continuing education (CE) every 2 years. The license expires at midnight on the expiration date, which is the last day of the RCP's birth month.
Special Requirements
At least 2/3 of the continuing education hours relate to clinical practice. 
3 hours in law and professional ethics during every other license renewal cycle (The course shall be provided by the American Association for Respiratory Care or the California Society for Respiratory Care).
All hours can be home-study

CEUFast can provide continuing education because we are an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Required Courses Not Provided by CEUfast
  • Law and Professional Ethics
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Respiratory Care Board of California
Phone: 916-999-2190 Fax: 916-263-7311 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 3750 Rosin Court, Suite 100
Sacramento  95834

California Athletic Trainer (AT/AL)

California Requires
50 Hours
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
50 hours
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2024
California does not regulate the profession of Athletic Training.  Current legislation is introduced in the 2023-2024 session regarding regulation of Athletic Trainers.  The BOC-certified athletic trainer shall earn 50 CEUs within one reporting period.  One (1) CEU is equivalent to one (1) contact hour. The certification maintenance period expired 12/31 of odd-numbered years
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California Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Friday, July 28, 2023

APRNs are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to paying the renewal fee, to maintain an active license.

In accordance with AB 1407 (Burke, Chapter 445, Statutes of 2021), starting January 1, 2023 a licensee still within the first 2 years of holding their license, immediately following their initial licensure, must complete one hour of direct participation in an implicit bias course offered by a continuing education provider that has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Special Requirements

If you have a current Nurse Practitioner Furnishing certification in California and need Schedule II furnishing privileges: You must complete a 3-hour online Schedule II course through the CA Association for Nurse Practitioners. You may register for the online course at this link:
California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP) - Controlled Substance II

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California Board of Registered Nursing
Phone: 916-322-3350 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 944210
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  94244-2100

California Midwife (MW)

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Friday, July 28, 2023

Licensed Midwives (LMs) are required 36 contact hours every two years. Licensed midwives are licensed under the Medical Board of California

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Medical Board of California
Phone: 916-263-2382 Website: Visit Site Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento  95815

California Certified Nurse Midwife

California Requires
30 Hours
Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
California requires
30 hours Every two years
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
CEUfast Meets All Requirements
Last Updated: Monday, January 22, 2024

APRNs are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to paying the renewal fee, to maintain an active license.

In accordance with AB 1407 (Burke, Chapter 445, Statutes of 2021), starting January 1, 2023 a licensee still within the first 2 years of holding their license, immediately following their initial licensure, must complete one hour of direct participation in an implicit bias course offered by a continuing education provider that has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Special Requirements

If you have a current Nurse Midwife Furnishing certification in California and need Schedule II furnishing privileges: You must complete a 2-hour online Schedule II course through the CA Association for Nurse-Midwives (CNMA). You may register for this course at cnma.org/courses.

Complete all California Required CNM CEs
$39
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  • and much more ...
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California Board of Registered Nursing
Phone: 916-322-3350 Website: Visit Site Address: PO Box 944210
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento  94244-2100

California Medical Assistant (MA)

ANCC
Approved Provider
#P0274
ANCC
Approved Provider #P0274
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
CEs not required.
Medical assistants are not required to be licensed or certified by the State of California. However, the medical assistant's employer and/or supervising physician's or podiatrist's malpractice insurance carrier may require that the medical assistant be certified by a national or private association.
Medical Board of California
Phone: 800-633-2322 Website: Visit Site Email: Contact Address: 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento  95815