CPCS Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost to get and keep my CPCS?
2. How frequently do I need to renew my CPCS?
3. Who can I use as a reference?
4. Can my references be licensed in another state?
5. My LPC was granted on my Master’s degree but I have since completed my doctorate.  Will that reduce the years of experience needed to acquire my CPCS?
6. I had a Supervisor designation on my license in another state. 
7. How many of my CEs can be done online (electronically delivered)?
8. When I renew my CPCS, is there a time limit on how far back my CEs can go?
9. Is there a limit on how many CE hours can be on a Certificate of Attendance?
10. Are there any CE providers that are not accepted for CE credit on the CPCS?
11. If I receive my CPCS after Sept. 30 on an odd-numbered year, do I need to do the 12 CEs for renewal?
12. Can my CPCS CEs count toward the 35 CEs required by the GA Composite Board?
13.. I can’t find my name in the CPCS Directory, what do I need to do to have my name listed?
14. My profile doesn’t show me as a CPCS, how do I change that?
15. I can't remember my password to login, what do I do?

The initial CPCS application cost is $149.00 for non-members.  For Current Clinical Members of LPCA of GA, the CPCS application cost is free, as it is one of the benefits of being a Clinical Member.

The CPCS has an annual maintenance fee of $75.00 for non-members and is free for Current Clinical Members of LPCA of GA.

2. When we talk about "Renewal / Re-certification", we are referring to CEs.  Every two years, on the same cycle with the GA Composite Board, CPCS holders must submit proof of their CEs and submit a Re-certification Application. Newly CPCS, still necessary to sign the Ethical Compliance form. 
3. Your references can be any current Georgia licensed LPC, LCSW, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist, or Licensed Psychiatrist.  They must provide their Georgia license number and expiration date on the Reference form.
4. All references must be from GA except for those applicants who work on military installations where personnel are often transferred.  Each out-of-state reference must be currently licensed in their respective state. 
5. The experience requirement applies to how you were granted your LPC.  If your license was granted based on a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health, then you will be required to have 3 years experience as a LPC, Specialist degrees in Clinical Mental Health will be required to have 2 years experience, and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Mental Health will require 1 year of experience as a LPC.  The years start accumulating once you receive your LPC, not your LAPC.
6.   You must still meet the state licensing requirements, the Law 43-10A, rule 135-5-.02 Section 5 "Supervisor"

CEs done online (electronically delivered) are limited to 1/3 of the CE requirements.  

For New applicants using:

  • Option A, you can have a maximum of 8 CEs online
  • Option B, you can have a maximum of 4 CEs online.  

For Re-certifications, the same 1/3 limitation exists.  

  • Option A can have a maximum of 4 CEs online
  • Option B can have a maximum of 2 CEs online.  
None of the Ethics CEs can be done online, all must be done face-to-face, in-person.  GA Composite Board Rule 135-9
8. When you Renew your CPCS, your CEs must have been completed during the current renewal cycle.  This applies to coursework and workshops.

CE Certificates of Attendance (CoA) are limited to a maximum of 20 CEs per certificate, based on GA Composite Board rule 135-09-.01(10).  It is recommended that CE providers submit CoAs for each day of a program or a detail of each day on the CoA.  

Note:  CEs for the CPCS must have the word "Supervision" in the title and they must be about clinical supervision, not supervising staff, addiction supervision, social work SW or AAMFT supervision.

10. Yes, CE providers must be approved by either NBCC or LPCA of GA or another state LPCA.  This is especially true with online providers who often have great prices for large CE quantities.  If you are uncertain if a workshop or course will be accepted, email [email protected]@LPCAGA.org for approval prior to taking the course/workshop.  Also, check the "Unrecognized CE Provider" page for online CE providers who don't meet the specifications for the CPCS program.
11. If your CPCS was granted after Sept. 30 of an odd-numbered year, (or completed the CPCS Tract at the LPCA Convention) you are not required to complete the 12 CEs for your first renewal.  You still need to submit the Re-certification formchecking Option C, and will not be required to pay the renewal fee.  This gives a New CPCS three (3) years to accumulate the required CEs so as to not create an unnecessary financial hardship.
12. All of the CEs required for your CPCS can be applied toward the 35 CEs required by the GA Composite Board.
13. If your name does not show on the CPCS Directory, send an email to CPCS@LPCAGA.org so we can make the correction.  Non-members do not show in the CPCS Directory unless they have paid the appropriate fee.
14. To change your profile, click on the "Member Login" button at the top of the page, enter your username and password, click "Login", click on the "Update Profile" link.  Scroll down to the "Edit" button, make your changes and click "Save".
15. If you don't remember your password, click on the "Member Login" button at the top of the page. The next page will have a link "Forgot password", click on that and it will prompt you for your email address.  Once you click "Submit", it will send an email to the account you entered.  You will receive a link to reset your password.  You will then be able to login to your member account.