Waiver Information for Continuing Education Requirements: All Licensees

On March 30, 2020 Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-39-20, authorizing the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to waive any of the professional licensing requirements relating to healing arts licensees in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, and any accompanying regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, the examination, education, experience, and training requirements necessary to obtain and maintain licensure, and requirements governing the practice and permissible activities for licensees.

The Department of Consumer Affairs has released DCA waiver DCA-20-63 effective September 23rd, 2020:

All licensees may take an additional 12 hours of distance learning continuing education, the courses must be internet/web based and allow two-way communication between the attendees and the course instructor while they observe the course.

Licensees may not apply this rule to web-based conferences they have previously taken prior to the effective date of this waiver. It may only be applied to courses going forward. Example: a live web-based course taken in July 2020 will count as 12 hours of traditional distance learning credit.

This waiver does not change the due date of the counting education credits per DCA waiver DCA-20-53. Licensees MUST still renew their licensees in their expiration month, failure to do so will render the license expired and will go into forfeiture status if not renewed within 60 days following the expiration date of the license.