Respiratory License Renewal – Pennsylvania

When does my license expire?

Licenses expire on December 31 of every even-numbered year unless renewed for the next biennium.

When can I renew my license?

The Pennsylvania Licensing Board (PLS) mails renewal notices two to three months prior to the license expiration date. Notices are mailed to the most recent address that was reported to the PLS.

How do I renew my license?

Please view your renewal notice for instructions on how to renew your license.

How many CEUs does Pennsylvania require?

An applicant for biennial renewal is required to complete, during the 2 years preceding the application for renewal, a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education.

  • At least 10 continuing education hours shall be obtained through traditional continuing education such as classroom lecture, clinical presentation, real-time web-cast or other live sessions where a presenter is involved. To qualify for credit, the provider shall make available documented verification of completion of the course or program. (Our recorded courses with live credit meet this requirement – you can find them by going to CEUs > Recorded Live Credit Course Schedule.)
  • One continuing education hour shall be completed in medical ethics.
  • One continuing education hour shall be completed in patient safety.
  • Two continuing education hours shall be completed in the recognition and reporting of child abuse. We recommend you take the free course offered online at They will report your course completion electronically to the Pennsylvania Department of State professional licensing board.

Can I get all of my CEUs online?

You can obtain all of your CEUs online. We offer Real-Time Live Broadcast, Recorded Live Credit Courses, and our Self-Directed (available 24/7) courses. See our Discounts page for special offers (including Unlimited CEUs).

Are your courses approved by both the AARC and the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PLS)?

Our courses are AARC approved and accepted by the PLS. To see our AARC approvals click here.

How much does my renewal cost?

Biennial renewal of a respiratory therapist license is $25.

Resource Links

Pennsylvania Licensing System (PLS)

Pennsylvania Dept of State Contact Info

PLS Licensure Verification (Board/Commission: State Board of Medicine)

PLS Online Application Forms

Pennsylvania Code Respiratory Therapists

Pennsylvania Code Respiratory Therapists Continuing Education

Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care

The information contained on this page was as accurate as possible at the time it was researched. It is possible that errors exist or that current license requirements have changed. We encourage corrections and comments and will make modifications accordingly. Neither Respiratory Associates nor any other individual or institution, except the person renewing their license, is responsible or liable for any consequences of its use. You are encouraged to read your state licensure requirements from the primary source, e.g. state website. If any of our CEU courses are rejected by your state licensing authority our sole remedy will be a refund.

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