CE in Psychology Online with APA Approved School

Is your Institute approved by the American Psychological Association (APA)?

Yes, the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 Are your courses approved by my state’s board?

Likely they are, although course requirements vary by license and by state. We recommend that you review the requirements of your license and state to be sure our offerings match the continuing education credit hours (CEs) you need.

Can we contact you if we have questions or concerns?

Of course! Because we work with an international clientele, it works best to contact us online, but we can always make arrangements for live phone conversations as well. You can contact us through the website or directly at or phone us at 1-800-327-7924.

Why do I hear about different credit terms – CEUs and CEs?

CE is the current term used in psychology. One hour of coursework earns 1 CE credit. CEU used to refer to 10 hours of coursework, when continuing education courses tended to be standardized into large blocks of time similar to a classroom schedule. In more recent years, educators have recognized the need for flexible teaching modules.

How long does it take to complete a course?

Our courses range from 1 to 8 hours in length.

Our institute specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy consists of three 8-hour core courses and a variety of electives that range from 1 to 8 hours. You may complete the coursework as quickly as you wish, as long as you take no longer than 7 years – the pacing is entirely up to you.

How do I earn continuing education credits for psychology online?

Once you register for a course and complete it, you can earn the CE credits by passing a test. As soon as you pass the test, you receive a Certificate of Completion that you can access immediately online or at any time in the future.

Is there a test? What is the passing score?

Each course has a multiple choice test that’s designed to help the participant review the main points in the course. Consistent with APA standards, a passing score is 75% or above. The test must be passed to receive CE credit and/or for the course to be applied to an institute specialization certificate.

What happens if I fail the test?

You may take the test an unlimited number of times. You will also receive immediate corrective feedback on any incorrect answers, so that the test-taking process itself becomes educational and is as painless as possible.

Is there an application process for your courses or programs? Do you require transcripts or proof of educational background to register?

Although our courses are designed for those with graduate level training in the mental health field, they are open to everyone. We encourage you to contact us if you have questions regarding whether a course or program will be appropriate for your needs and background.

How do I enroll in a course?

It’s easy! Click “Order Now” for the courses or webinar you’d like to take. Then visit “My Cart” and “Proceed to Checkout” when you are ready to enter in your payment method. Once you complete the payment process, you will be able to access your course or webinar link.

I’ve ordered my course but don’t see how to open it to begin.

When you are in your account, you should see your course title(s) listed.  To the upper right of the course titles, click on “Expand All” to reveal the sections of the course.  Click on the first section to begin.

How many credits will I receive upon successful completion of a course?

You will receive the number of continuing education (CE) credits indicated in the course description. The number of CE credits and course name will also be noted on the Certificate of Completion.

How and when will I receive the Certificate of Completion?

You will be able to access the Certificate of Completion immediately online, as soon as you pass the test for the course. The certificate will also remain available in your member’s area so that you can access it at any time in the future.

Which courses can be applied to earn an institute specialization certificate?

We currently offer an institute specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and are developing specialization certificates in Mindfulness Training and in Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence as well. Courses that may be applied to a certificate are designated as such in course descriptions. Eligible courses are also listed under the specialization certificate descriptions.

How can I apply a course to an institute specialization certificate?

Simply let us know through “Contact Us” or by email that you wish to do so.

How early in the process must I make the decision and what if I change my mind?

No worries. You may make the decision at any time and there is no penalty for changing your mind.

How much time do I have to complete a specialization certificate?

You may pace the coursework so that it best suits your needs—whether across several days or several years. We only require that you complete the hours within 7 years.

What are the benefits of obtaining an institute specialization certificate?

Professional development as a clinician is a lifelong process. Ideally, continuing education is completed in coursework that reflects a thoughtful plan that can help you develop expertise in an area that will be relevant to your work. Such advanced training may allow you, as a professional, to stand out among colleagues and increase your professional recognition. A specialization certificate allows you to document your advanced training in a specific area.

If I apply my courses to a specialization certificate, can I still apply them to earn CE credits?

Of course! The specialization certificates offer you a convenient way to earn CE and demonstrate expertise in an area at the same time. In fact, many professionals find the accrual of professional development toward a specific competency both rewarding and practical. Rather than meeting your professional development requirements in a haphazard or piecemeal fashion, the pursuit of a certificate of competence helps identify demonstrable areas of expertise and documents your advanced level of education.

We are here to help!  You can contact us any time by completing a contact form or email the director at  You should receive a response within a few hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Coast time).

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