Additional Resources


Teacher Certification and Mobility
March 27, 2020

Licensing requirements for teachers vary state to state, presenting challenges for teachers seeking to relocate across state lines. Teachers often experience difficulties with the portability of their certifications and face issues around their pensions and seniority status. States are increasingly seeking ways to respond to these issues through innovative policy solutions that preserve certification competencies, mitigate
the unintended consequences of licensing regulations, and address workforce shortages.

Senator Adam Pugh, Oklahoma State Senate
Teresa Mooney, Council of Chief State School Officers
Tiffany McDole, Education Commission of the States
Max Morley, The Council of State Governments

Improving Occupational Licensing Regulation with Sunrise and Sunset Reviews
November 5, 2019

Sunrise and sunset reviews are tools to determine whether regulation is needed to protect the public before it is created and review its value after it has been enacted. They can also be used to evaluate the efficacy of state agencies responsible for overseeing the regulations. States have been using these processes to shine a light on state licensing boards to determine how they can best protect the public. Learn from states that have these review systems in place and hear about the rationale for and outcomes of having a unified approach to evaluating the necessity of occupational regulation.

Chris Winters, Vermont Office of Professional Regulation
Erick Fajardo, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
Senator John McColister, Nebraska State Legislature

Navigating the Anti Regulatory Environment and the Responsibility and Liability of Board Members
April 24, 2019

Licensing Board are facing national anti-regulatory sentiments, national active supervision, and curative measures responsive to the Federal Trade Commission v. North Carolina Dental Board Supreme Court Decision. This webinar provides a survey of these developments and reviews best practices for licensing boards in the handling of meetings, rulemaking, complaints, investigations, hearings and settlements, and communications with applicants and licensees. A discussion on interstate compacts and how to better manage scope or practice conflicts with informal procedures, memorandum of understanding, and potential judicial alternatives is also included in the webinar. These lessons enable licensing boards to gain an understanding of best practices to avoid antitrust liability in the occupational licensure setting.

Nahale Freeland Kalfas, General Counsel, North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Rick Masters, Special Counsel, CSG National Center for Interstate Compacts

Occupational Licensure Technical Assistance Available to States
July 19, 2017

The Council of State Governments has announced a new technical assistance project called Occupational Licensing: Assessing State Policy and Practice for state leaders. Through this policy learning consortium, selected states will receive assistance to improve their understanding of occupational licensure issues and best practices; identify current policies that create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry; and create an action plan that focuses on removing barriers to labor market entry and improves portability and reciprocity for select occupations. Technical assistance will be provided through a partnership of The Council of State Governments, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the National Conference of State Legislatures, with support from the U.S. Department of Labor. To apply, please see the request for applications linked here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, Aug. 21 by 5 p.m. ET. Only one application can be submitted per state, which necessitates that state officials coordinate to provide a single application.

Addressing Barriers to Licensing for People with Criminal Records
August 10, 2018

Finding and maintaining employment is a critical aspect of preventing recidivism among people who have criminal records. But having a criminal record can make it difficult, or even impossible, for a person to find work, especially in a field that requires an occupational license. This webinar discusses some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face. Presenters share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.

Chidi Umez, Project Manager, The CSG Justice Center
Beth Avery, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project
Lee McGrath, Senior Legislative Counsel, Institute for Justice

2019 Multi-State Occupational Licensing Learning Consortium Meeting Breakout Session: Compacts In Action.

September 12, 2019. Park City, UT.

Presentation Materials

Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Seminar. July 16, 2019. Big Sky, MT.

Presentation Materials

Model Memorandum of Understanding for Corrections & Licensing Agencies

Consideration of Criminal Records in Occupational Licensing: Fact Sheet