Department of Health License Hours as Clock Hours Information

WAC 181-85-077 allows educators to use continuing education units (CEUs), credits, or clock hours that satisfy the continuing education requirements for their state professional health license, for Washington, as in-service credits. To be eligible, an educator must hold the following Washington state Department of Health license:

  • Licensed advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) (WAC 246-840-360),
  • Licensed occupational therapist (WAC 246-847-065),
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist (counselor) (WAC 246-809-600),
  • Licensed mental health counselor (WAC 246-809-600),
  • Licensed pharmacist (WAC 246-861-020),
  • Licensed physical therapist (WAC 246-915-085),
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN),
  • Licensed psychologist (WAC 246-924-230),
  • Licensed registered nurse (RN) (WAC 246-840-203,204,& 205) effective January 1, 2011
  • Licensed social worker (WAC 246-809-600),
  • Licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist (WAC 246-828-510)
  • Licensed athletic trainer (WAC 246-916-060), or
  • Licensed home care aide (WAC 246-980-110)

Educators with other than the above Washington licenses do not require continuing education to maintain their professional health license and may not use continuing education units (CEUs), credits, or clock hours accordingly.

Educators may use hours earned to renew their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certificate from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Educators may also use the following valid national licenses in place of approved clock hours for renewal:

  • American Speech and Language Association license (ASHA)
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist license (NCSP)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Educators using license hours will log into their e-Certification account and submit those hours. Hours should be logged as 'other hours' and reported as hours on the clock rather than CEU's. When submitting an application for certification, individuals must list their license information during the application process. Licensed hours will be recognized as needed.