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Professional Licensing Boards

Due to state sovereignty, state professional licensing board have unique standards for occupations that require either licensure or certification.

“Occupational licensing laws” establish these “standards” “which may include specific education or training, work experience, examinations, background checks and professional organization membership reequipments” (Smith, Michaluk, Hall & Kanode, 2018, p. 3). To become licensed, prospective licensees must “demonstrate that they meet all the requirement professional standards” and pay the “registration and licensing fees” (p. 3). Across the United States, “over 1,000 different occupations require “occupational licensing” (p. 3). After becoming licensed, those who obtain a license agree to “adhere to a strict professional code of conduct” and are monitored as well as typically required [to undertake] ongoing training [along with] reporting” (p. 4).



Athletic Trainer

General Contractors


Law enforcement personnel

Marriage and Family Therapy

Nursing advanced practice
(includes Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS))

Occupational Therapy


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

Social Work



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