LPO License Renewal and Continuing Education

LPO License Renewal Changes

Be aware of the following recent changes to the license renewal process. Read all about it in the Limited Practice Board Newsletter.  License renewal, including license fees, forms and continuing education, is due by Aug. 1.

Certification of financial responsibility will be included on the licensing form and updated only on the licensing form and at the time of an employer change. Active LPOs will certify that their employer insurance policy or coverage via their employer's net worth will continue through the next licensing year. You do not need to continue to send copies of your certificate of insurance when your policy renews.

Continuing Education will be reporting on the license year (July 1–June 30) instead of the calendar year. To facilitate this transition, the 2016 reporting year will be extended to June 30, 2017. Credits earned between Jan. 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 will apply to the 2016 reporting period (unless you earned credits late to complete your 2015 reporting). Also, there is no maximum number of distance-education programs to complete your 10 required credits. The 10 credits may be earned by in-person seminar, live webinar, online interactive course, or facilitated recording in any amounts. In each case, a minimum of two liability credits is required.

Trust Account Declaration. The trust account declaration is now on the licensing form. Attach an additional sheet for multiple trust accounts.

LPO Continuing Education Online

LPOs can log into the online LPO Directory/Continuing Education tool (LCE) to find their:

  • LPO profile and roster
  • Summary of hours to date
  • List of seminars attended
  • Seminar/activity search tool

Commonly Asked Questions

For LPOs:

How many hours do I need?
You must report 10 hours of continuing education each calendar year. Two of the 10 hours must be liability hours; the remaining hours may be general or liability. Liability credits earned in excess of the two required are counted toward general credits. Up to 10 may be carried over from the previous year.

How many hours carry over to the next year?
You may carry over up to 10 hours to the next calendar year. Only two liability hours will carry over as liability; any liability hours over two will carry over as general hours.

I am a new LPO; do I need to have 10 hours?
New LPOs are exempt from the continuing education requirements for the license year in which they were certified as an LPO. For example, if you were certified in 2016 or before July 1, 2017, then you do not need hours for 2016 (Jan. 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), but you will for the next reporting period. Any seminars you attend in the year you are certified will be credited and appear in the next year. You cannot receive credit for seminars attended prior to your certification date.

When do I need to have all my hours complete?

You must complete your hours within the licensing year. If you must take a seminar in the next year to meet the 10-hour requirement, then you will be subject to a $50 late fee. Your roster will state “Compliant for Period: No” throughout the year until all credits are earned, your affidavit is submitted, and late fees, if any are paid.

How do I receive credit for attending a seminar?
You must sign in with your name and correct LPO number when you attend a seminar. The sponsor of the seminar will provide the attendance list to our office. Only LPOs with name and correct number listed on the attendance list receive credit for the seminar.

What do I do if a seminar I attended does not appear in my profile?
First, be sure it has been 30 days since the seminar; that is how long the sponsor has to report the attendance. If the seminar still does not appear in your profile after 30 days, then contact our office so we can double check the attendance list. If you do not appear on the attendance list, we will ask you to contact the sponsor, who must provide our office with verification that you attended the seminar.

What qualifies as a liability credit?
To qualify for liability credit, a course or subject must deal with the legal rights, duties, or responsibilities of LPOs.

For Sponsors:

How do I get approval of LPO hours for a seminar?
In order for a seminar to be approved for LPO credit, a sponsoring organization must complete an LPO Form 1, Application for Approval of Continuing Education Units. The application with a non-refundable $25 application fee must be submitted to the WSBA at least 30 days prior to the date of the seminar. If there is not enough room on the application, additional sheets detailing the agenda, schedule and staff backgrounds, etc., may be attached to the application. Please do not send actual course materials.

What do I need to do on the day of the seminar for LPOs to receive credit?
Sponsors must provide each attending LPO a copy of the first page of the course approval application showing that the seminar was approved. In addition, sponsors must take attendance, which includes the name and LPO number of all LPOs present. LPOs will not get credit if their LPO number is not included.

How do I report attendance?
Sponsors must provide the attendance list to the WSBA for LPOs to receive credit for attending a seminar. Sponsors should provide an attendance list with the LPO name and number. The list should note any LPOs who did not attend the entire seminar. It is preferable to receive an electronic list, either in Word or Excel. Send attendance information to LPO@wsba.org.

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LPO Continuing Education Forms

Forms for Sponsors:

LPO Form 1 - Seminar/Course Approval Application (Word format)

Use this form to apply for approval of LPO credit for a seminar or course.  Due 30 days prior to the event.

Distance Learning Supplemental Application

Use this form for courses that do not occur in real time with immediate access to the speaker or instructor.

Forms for LPOs:

LPO Form 2 - Affidavit of Attendance 

Generic form. You may also contact us for a reprint. 

LPO Form 3 - Affidavit of Teaching 

Use this form to receive LPO credit hours for time preparing and speaking at a seminar.  Also due August 1st for participation in the previous reporting period.