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What Does A Licensing Board Do?

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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last revised: 12/18/04