(a)  A certified person shall submit a form with continuing education requirements with his or her annual renewal form, which the Board will make accessible through its website. Each Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor and Pastoral Counseling Associate shall complete a total of 50 hours of continuing education each year in the following areas:

(1)           Category I - Pastoral Theology;

(2)           Category II - Clinical Theory and Practice;

(3)           Category III - Pastoral, Psychological, and Psychiatric Diagnosis;

(4)           Category IV - Consultation and Supervision; and

(5)           Category V - Reading Books and Professional Journals in the field of Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy.

(b)  In a continuing education year, 20 hours of the 50 hours required shall be hours in Category I, II, and III.

(c)  A continuing education year shall be defined as January 1 through December 31.

(d)  A member of the armed forces whose license is in good standing and to whom G.S. 105-249.2 grants an extension of time to file a tax return shall receive that same extension of time to pay the license renewal fee and complete any continuing education requirements prescribed by the Board. A copy of the military order or the extension approval by the Internal Revenue Service or by the North Carolina Department of Revenue shall be furnished to the Board.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-385(f); 90-389;

Eff. May 1, 1996;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 1, 2016;

Amended Eff. October 1, 2020.