Licensing boards are the regulatory bodies for specific licensed professions. The
primary and over-riding mandate of every licensing board is to protect the health, safety,
and welfare of the general public. Each Board member has been appointed to serve the
interests of its citizens. A board should not see itself, or be viewed, as a
"promoter" or "advocate" for the profession.
The typical licensing board:
determines the minimum qualifications necessary to obtain a license;
regulates the standards of conduct and scope of practice for the profession;
adopts and administers licensure examinations;
adopts and monitors continuing education requirements;
reviews complaints against licensees and takes appropriate disciplinary action against
licensees who have acted improperly.
Depending upon their statutory authority, regulatory boards may take disciplinary
action against a licensed individual. That action may include suspension or revocation of
the license. Some boards have authority to order a licensed individual to refund money or
serve a probationary period, obtain continuing education, reimburse the
cost of investigation and prosecution, and pay a fine.
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