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2020 Licensure Renewal Requirements

Posted 7 months ago

DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC - Licensure renewal deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020.


(225 ILCS 65/65-60) (was 225 ILCS 65/15-45)

    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)

    Sec. 65-60. Continuing education. The Department shall adopt rules of continuing education for persons licensed under this Article as advanced practice registered nurses that require 80 hours of continuing education per 2-year license renewal cycle. Completion of the 80 hours of continuing education shall be deemed to satisfy the continuing education requirements for renewal of a registered professional nurse license as required by this Act.

    The 80 hours of continuing education required under this Section shall be completed as follows:

        (1) A minimum of 50 hours of the continuing education shall be obtained in continuing education programs as determined by rule that shall include no less than 20 hours of pharmacotherapeutics, including 10 hours of opioid prescribing or substance abuse education. Continuing education programs may be conducted or endorsed by educational institutions, hospitals, specialist associations, facilities, or other organizations approved to offer continuing education under this Act or rules and shall be in the advanced practice registered nurse's specialty.

        (2) A maximum of 30 hours of credit may be obtained by presentations in the advanced practice registered nurse's clinical specialty, evidence-based practice, or quality improvement projects, publications, research projects, or preceptor hours as determined by rule.

    The rules adopted regarding continuing education shall be consistent to the extent possible with requirements of relevant national certifying bodies or State or national professional associations.

    The rules shall not be inconsistent with requirements of relevant national certifying bodies or State or national professional associations. The rules shall also address variances in part or in whole for good cause, including but not limited to illness or hardship. The continuing education rules shall assure that licensees are given the opportunity to participate in programs sponsored by or through their State or national professional associations, hospitals, or other providers of continuing education. Each licensee is responsible for maintaining records of completion of continuing education and shall be prepared to produce the records when requested by the Department.

(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18.)

  • 80 hours every renewal cycle
  • 50 hours of CE programs
    • 20 hrs in pharmacotherapeutics which may include the opioid requirement below. 
    • 10 hrs in opioid prescribing or substance abuse education*
  • 30 hours of professional development


  • Presentations in the APRN’s clinical specialty, evidence-based practice, or quality improvement projects, dissertations, publications, research projects, or preceptor hours.
  • 10 hrs for authoring papers, publishing articles
  • 20 hrs for authoring book chapters, dissertations, or research project
  • 30 hrs for precepting - each student in semester or quarter = 10 hrs
  • 60 hrs for completion of re-certification exam

Controlled Substance Act

SB2777 (PA100-1106) amended the Controlled Substance Act

3 hrs for all prescribers – safe opioid prescribing practices*

*the 10 hrs of opioid prescribing for APRNs will cover this requirement. 

(720 ILCS 570/315.5) 

    Sec. 315.5. Opioid education for prescribers. Every prescriber who is licensed to prescribe controlled substances shall, during the pre-renewal period, complete 3 hours of continuing education on safe opioid prescribing practices offered or accredited by a professional association, State government agency, or federal government agency. Notwithstanding any individual licensing Act or administrative rule, a prescriber may count these 3 hours toward the total continuing education hours required for renewal of a professional license. Continuing education on safe opioid prescribing practices applied to meet any other State licensure requirement or professional accreditation or certification requirement may be used toward the requirement under this Section. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may adopt rules for the administration of this Section. 

(Source: P.A. 100-1106, eff. 1-1-19.)

Administrative Code Section 1300.130


Public Act 100-0762 DFPR-Sexual Harassment Training
The sexual harassment prevention training is required of all persons who hold a professional license issued by the Division of Professional Regulation and are subject to a continuing education (CE) requirement.  These licensees shall complete a one-hour CE course in sexual harassment training.  This requirement shall become effective for all applicable license renewals occurring on or after January 1, 2020

SB1778 ANCRA - Mandated Reporters

PA 101-0564 signed by the Governor on Aug 23, 2019.

Requirements for CE for relicensure in 2021

Persons required to report child abuse or child neglect as provided under this Section must complete an initial mandated reporter training within 3 months of their date of engagement in a professional or official capacity as a mandated reporter, or within the time frame of any other applicable State law that governs training requirements for a specific profession, and at least every 3 years thereafter.

The initial requirement only applies to the first time they engage in their professional or official capacity. In lieu of training every 3 years, medical personnel, as listed in paragraph (1) of subsection (a), must meet the requirements described in subsection (k). The trainings shall be in-person or web-based, and shall include, at a minimum, information on the following topics: (i) indicators for recognizing child abuse and child neglect, as defined under this Act; (ii) the process for reporting suspected child abuse and child neglect in Illinois as required by this Act and the required documentation; (iii) responding to a child in a trauma-informed manner; and (iv) understanding the response of child protective services and the role of the reporter after a call has been made. Child-serving organizations are encouraged to provide in-person annual trainings.

The mandated reporter training shall be provided through the Department, through an entity authorized to provide continuing education for professionals licensed through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the State Board of Education, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, or the Department of State Police, or through an organization approved by the Department to provide mandated reporter training. The Department must make available a free web-based training for reporters. Each mandated reporter shall report to his or her employer and, when applicable, to his or her licensing or certification board that he or she received the mandated reporter training. The mandated reporter shall maintain records of completion.

Beginning January 1, 2021, if a mandated reporter receives licensure from the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or the State Board of Education, and his or her profession has continuing education requirements, the training mandated under this Section shall count toward meeting the licensee's required continuing education hours.