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Create an account, apply, renew, and pay for your license online using our self-service portal.
You can renew your license up to 60 days before your current license expires.
Renewal notifications will be emailed to your email address on file with the board at 60, 50, 40 and 30 days prior to the license expiration date. Renew your license early to avoid a late fee or lapse in licensure. All continuing education requirements must be completed pior to license renewal.
Licensees are responsible for meeting all continuing education requirements and should review the rules carefully and frequently. Review the rules for detailed information about continuing education definitions, requirements, standards, criteria and other important specific to this profession.
The licensing board does not pre-approve continuing education providers, sponsors or individual programs. It is the licensees’ responsibility to determine if the continuing education programs they attend meet the requirements of their professional licensing board.
A percentage of licensees are randomly audited following each license renewal cycle. If selected, the licensee must submit to the board office an individual certificate of completion issued to the licensee or evidence of successful completion of the course from the course sponsor. These documents must contain the course title, date(s), contact hours, sponsor and licensee's name. In some instances, licensees will be requested to provide to the board additional information, including program content, objectives, presenters, location and schedule. Many times an inclusive brochure meets this requirement.
When selecting continuing education programs, licensees need to make sure they are compliant with administrative rule requirements. Some professions require licensees to meet specific requirements as a condition of renewal. These may include limits on presentation method (e.g. self-study, ICN, etc.), specific hours on ethics and Iowa law and rules, clinical content, or hours required in a specific practice discipline.
To ensure compliance, each licensee must understand the continuing education administrative rules for their profession prior to choosing and attending a particular program. No matter what a program brochure indicates, it is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
In summary all licensees should:
- Be familiar with the continuing education requirements of their professional boards
- Obtain inclusive written materials about continuing education programs from program sponsors for post-renewal auditing purposes
- Maintain certificates of completion that includes the program or course title, date(s), contact hours, sponsor and licensee's name for four years
A licensee who had a physical or mental disability or illness during the license period may apply for an extension or exemption. An exemption provides for an extension of time or exemption from some or all of the continuing education requirements. An applicant shall submit a completed application form approved by the board for an exemption.
The application requires the signature of a licensed health care professional who can attest to the existence of a disability or illness during the license period.
If the application is from a license who is the primary caregiver for a relative who is ill or disabled and needs care from that primary caregiver, the physician shall verify the licensee's status as the primary caregiver.
A licensee who applies for an exemption shall be notified of the decision regarding the application. A licensee who obtains approval shall retain a copy of the exemption to be presented to the board upon request.
The licensing board does not pre-approve continuing education providers, sponsors or individual programs. It is the licensees’ responsibility to determine if the continuing education programs they attend meet the requirements of their professional licensure board.
Potential sponsors are responsible for independently determining if the programs they provide conform to the continuing education requirements set forth in the rules regulations of the professional boards.
To make this determination, thoroughly review the rules for the board(s) in which you are interested prior to offering continuing education to Iowa licensees. By providing inclusive information about the content, objectives and applicability of your program to professional practice, you will assist licensees to make informed decisions when selecting continuing education.
A percentage of licensees in every profession regulated by a licensing board are randomly selected following each license renewal cycle. For auditing purposes the licensee must submit to the board office an individual certificate of completion issued to the licensee or evidence of successful completion of the course from the course sponsor. These documents must contain the course title, date(s), contact hours, sponsor and licensee's name. In some instances, licensees will be requested to provide to the board additional information to assure compliance with continuing education requirements, including program content, objectives, presenters, location and schedule. For this reason, sponsors should provide these items to licensees in writing. An inclusive brochure may meet this requirement.
Additionally, sponsors should consider profession-specific requirements that licensees must address to assure compliance with continuing education rules when preparing written materials such as method of presentation (home study, ICN, etc.), inclusion of specific hours on ethics and Iowa law and rules, certification status by national associations or boards, clinical content, and hours required in a specific practice discipline.
In summary sponsors should:
- Be familiar with the continuing education requirements of their professional audiences
- Provide inclusive written materials to all program participants
- Notify licensees that materials should be retained for four years for auditing purposes
- Provide a certificate of completion that includes the program or course title, date(s), contact hours, sponsor and licensee's name
Laws & Rules
Definitions, requirements, standards, criteria and other important specific to this profession.
Laws. Laws are contained in the Iowa Code. They are enacted by the Iowa Legislature and provide statutory authority to the professional licensure boards.
Administrative Rules. The professional licensure boards adopt rules to interpret and implement the Iowa Code. Administrative rules have the force and effect of law.
- Chapter 31 -- Licensure of Marital and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
- Chapter 32 -- Continuing Education for Marital and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
- Chapter 33 -- Discipline for Marital and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
Iowa Code & Administrative Rules for Licensing Boards
Links to statute and administrative code that apply to several professional licensing boards.
The following laws apply to professional licensure boards.
The following rules apply to professional licensing boards.
- Chapter 4 -- Board Administrative Processes
- Chapter 6 -- Petitions for Rule Making
- Chapter 7 -- Agency Procedure for Rule Making
- Chapter 8—Declaratory Orders
- Chapter 9—Complaints and Investigations
- Chapter 10—Public records and Fair Information Practices
- Chapter 11—Contested Cases
- Chapter 12—Informal Settlement
- Chapter 13—Discipline
- Chapter 14—Use of Criminal Convictions in Eligibility Determinations and Initial Licensing Decisions
- Chapter 16—Impaired Practitioner Review Committee
- Chapter 17—Materials for Board Review
- Chapter 18—Waivers of Variances from Administrative Rules
- Chapter 19—Licensure by Verification and of Applicants with Work Experience
- Chapter 20—Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity
Rulemaking notices, along with adopted rule changes, are published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin. The preamble for each notice includes a summary of the proposed rule changes. The notice includes information about how to submit public comment when applicable. All comments are forwarded to the board for review prior to making a final decision on the outcome of rule change proposals.
The process for seeking a waiver from an administrative rule and the standards under which the petition will be evaluated are described in Chapter 18.
Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP)
Overview of the Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP) available to licensees across multiple licensing boards in Iowa.
The Iowa Practitioner Program (IPP) was established in 1996 to support licensees who struggle with impairments due to alcohol or drug abuse, mental health conditions, and/or physical disorders. The Iowa Practitioner Review Committee (IPRC) reviews self-reports made by licensees to determine eligibility for participation. The IPRC designs an individualized health contract to meet the needs of the licensee.
State law mandates that information in the possession of the IPRC remain confidential. Participation in the program is not a matter of public record.
"Impairment" means an inability to practice with reasonable safety and skill as a result of alcohol or drug abuse, dependency, or addiction, or any mental or physical disorder or disability.
"Self-report" means the licensee providing written or oral notifications to the board that the licensee has received or may receive a diagnosis as having an impairment before the board's receiving a complaint or report alleging an impairment before the date of self-report.
The IPRC determines whether practitioners are eligible to participate in the program monitored by the committee. A person is ineligible to take part in the program for any of the following reasons:
- The practitioner engaged in the unlawful diversion or distribution of controlled illegal substances to a third party, or for personal gain or profit;
- The practitioner is already under a board order;
- The practitioner has caused harm or injury to a patient;
- The board is investigating the practitioner that concerns serious matters related to the practitioner's competence;
- The practitioner failed to provide truthful information or refused to cooperate with the board or the IPRC; or
- The practitioner has been subject to a civil administrative or criminal sanction for serious infractions of law, professional ethics, or administrative rules related to the practice.
Based upon the recommendation of an approved evaluator, the IPRC creates an individualized health contract, which provides a detailed description of the goals of the program, requirements for successful completion, and the practitioner's obligations.
Note: The IPRC may refer to the board participants who are not compliant with the terms of their contract for consideration of disciplinary action.
The chairperson of the board appoints the members of the IPRC. The IPRC includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Executive Director of the board or the director's designee from the board's staff;
- A practitioner who has remained free of addiction for two or more years after completing a recovery program for drug or alcohol dependency, addiction, or abuse;
- A physician/counselor with expertise in substance abuse/addiction treatment programs;
- A psychiatrist or psychologist; and
- A public member.
The program encourages practitioners who have impairments to get the help they need. All information received by IPP and IPRC remains confidential as long as the practitioner complies with the terms of their agreement or health contract.
By self-reporting to IPP, the practitioner may avoid formal disciplinary action by the licensing Board. Formal disciplinary action taken against a practitioner is a matter of public record. The board reports the action to the press, the National Practitioners Data Bank (NPDB), insurance companies, and to other state and federal authorities. Participation in the program is confidential.
Health care practitioners must report knowledge of another practitioner's possible impairment to the board. Health care practitioners who fail to report colleagues with a possible impairment may be subject to disciplinary action by the board. It is in the practitioner's best interest to self-report an impairment before someone else files complaint or report.
If any of the following apply to a practitioner, it is in that person's best interest to self-report to IPP as soon as possible:
- Charged with, and/or arrested for OWI, or for another alcohol or drug related offense;
- Disciplined by another federal or state agency for alcohol or drug abuse;
- Evaluated or treated for a substance use disorder, or is currently enrolled in a recovery program;
- Diagnosed with a mental health condition and/or a physical health condition;
- Practiced after drinking alcohol or taking an illegal or mind/mood altering substance;
- Addiction/dependence on drugs, alcohol or prescription medication; and/or
- Urged by friend(s), family or colleagues to get help for alcohol or drug abuse, or a mental or physical condtion.
To self-report, a licensee may:
- Complete and submit a self-report form online;
- Email IPRC staff as follows:
- Call to receive confidential information and ask questions:
- Dental Board Licensees/Registrants: (515) 725-3491 or
- Licensees of other Boards: (515) 725-1221, or (515) 725-2720.
Quarterly Report: IPP Participant
Quarterly Report: Worksite Monitor
Quarterly Report: Monitoring Provider
Quarterly Report: Therapist Provider
Quarterly Report: Aftercare Provider
Self-Help Meeting Log
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