Information on Continuing Education Units (CEUs) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Information on Continuing Education Units (CEUs) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the pandemic, many healthcare workers licensed by the CA Department of Consumer Affairs and the CA Department of Public Health are permitted to delay earning our Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to renew our licenses.

View list of Covid-19 waivers issued by DCA

Always check with your specific licensing board to get the latest information on renewal requirements.


Licensees Under the California Department of Consumer Affairs

 Renew license online and apply for CEU extension

Due to the pandemic, many healthcare workers licensed by the CA Department of Consumer Affairs are now permitted to delay earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

If licenses expire between March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2020, licensees must satisfy the requirement within 6 months of the date of the order, April 22, 2021 (unless the DCA Director extends the waiver timeline). Licensees are still required to renew licenses, but we will automatically be granted the extension by indicating that we have not completed CEUs and paying our renewal fee.

For individuals whose license has expired, or will expire, between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021, DCA order 20-90, dated December 15, 2020, waives the CE requirement, also with the stipulation that they must complete the requirement within 6 months of the order, June 15, 2021.

Job classifications eligible for this CEU extension include Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Associates (ASW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Associates (AMFT), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Pharmacy Technicians, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Psychiatric Technicians (PTs), Registered Nurses, and Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs).

Learn more about Department of Consumer Affairs license renewal and CEU extensions — and to renew and apply for extensions online

Licensees Under the California Department of Public Health

Learn more and apply online for license renewal waivers.

The CDPH administers the certification/licenses for nurse assistants (CNAs), home health aides (HHAs), hemodialysis technicians (CHTs), Phlebotomists and Radiological Technicians. Below are specific CEU adjustments during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • CNAs: During the state of emergency, CNAs are allowed to complete any or all of the 48 hours of in-service/CEU through an online program or a distance learning program. Typically CNAs are limited to 24 hours of online instruction. CNAs have two years from the expiration of their certificate to complete their 48 hours. In addition, CNAs whose certificate expired within the previous two years (and not more than two years) or will expire during the state of emergency may continue to work during the state of emergency without renewal.
  • Radiological Technicians: CEU requirements have been waived if the worker’s certificate/permit expires between March 30, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  All that will be needed to renew their certificate is the renewal fee and the signed renewal form.
  • Phlebotomists: There are no CEU waivers for this classification.
Learn more about California Department of Public Health license renewal and CEU requirements — and to renew and apply for waivers online