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Op-ed: Consumers are right to demand rigorous professional licensing remain as states reopen

As we have seen throughout the current crisis, existing professional licensing models have allowed professionals to move to areas where their expertise is most needed without jeopardizing the public’s health, safety, and welfare. At all times, but especially during times of national crisis, the public needs to have confidence that our nation’s critical physical and […]

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CPA Conversations Podcast: The Fight to Protect Responsible Professional Licensing

Skip Braziel, Vice President – State Regulation and Legislation with AICPA and Veronica Meadows, Senior Director of Strategy with CLARB discuss the ongoing fight to ensure responsible licensing standards for professions that protect the public interest, new public opinion results on the importance of professional licensing, and how coronavirus has affected this issue. CPA Conversations […]

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Chad Danos, Licensed Landscape Architect

  Chad Danos, licensed landscape architect, explains the unique impact of his work on protecting the public and bettering communities — and why deregulating the profession would result in dangerous unintended consequences.

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LTE: Floridians Right to Demand Rigorous Professional Licensing

Floridians Right to Demand Rigorous Professional Licensing By: Christopher Sharek, President, ASCE Florida Section Tallahassee Democrat A recent article in the Democrat, Deregulate it? Florida lawmakers aim to boost employment by cutting licensing requirements (Feb. 7, 2020), described efforts by some state legislators to weaken or eliminate licensing requirements for Florida professions. While lowering barriers […]

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CLEAR Podcast, Episode 26: ARPL

Skip Braziel, Vice President – State Regulation and Legislation with AICPA and David Cox, CEO of NCEES introduce listeners to the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing.   It’s about our duty to protect the public, and where we see that threatened is where ARPL will become involved.  

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Skip Braziel talks licensing on Cronkite News, Arizona PBS

Skip Braziel, ARPL, speaks with Cronkite News, Arizona PBS about the importance of responsible licensing for professions with high public impact.   We are very specific, unique professions that have a high public impact. If something goes wrong, the public suffers a great deal. So we want to make sure that the standards remain high […]

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New Survey: Consumers Concerned About Rush to Eliminate Professional Licensing

2/5/2020 New Survey: Consumers Concerned About Rush to Eliminate Professional Licensing  Clear Support for Rigorous Professional Licensing to Protect the Public Exists Findings Come as State Legislatures Weigh Weakening or Eliminating Licensing WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) today announced the results of a national survey that indicated widespread public support for maintaining rigorous professional licensing […]

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New Research: Exploring Public Opinion of Professional Licensing

A recent national survey was conducted to understand public opinion toward professional licensing standards. Click here to download an executive summary of the research findings.  

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AICPA CEO Melancon: CPA licensing under threat

American Institute of CPAs president and CEO Barry Melancon talked about the need for CPAs to learn new skills as hiring of accounting graduates has slowed and the CPA licensing model has come under threat in some states… It’s not just targeted to CPAs, but it’s targeted to all licensing. Now that doesn’t mean it’s […]

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ASLA Joins New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing

1/16/20 ASLA Joins New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing American Society of Landscape Architects and Others Unite as Public Put at Risk by Calls to Eliminate or Weaken Licensing   Washington DC – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has joined the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) — a coalition of advanced professions focused on educating […]

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LTE: Lawmakers must protect Ohio’s engineer’s license

Lawmakers must protect Ohio’s engineer’s license By: David Martini The Columbus Dispatch   As lawmakers in Columbus consider revising state workforce laws in 2020, they would do well to remember that professional licensing for advanced professions like engineers is rigorous for a reason. While unnecessary barriers to entry exist for some occupations in Ohio, policymakers should […]

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Kerry Cooley Bruggemann, Professional Engineer

  Kerry Cooley Bruggemann, Professional Engineer, goes behind the scenes at the Minneapolis airport to discuss the role engineers play in designing electrical, fire protection, and HVAC systems that safeguard the public — and how professional licensing ensures high engineering standards.

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Short Explainer: Professional Licensing Boards

  Professional licensing boards set and enforce standards for highly complex, technical professions that have a high impact on public safety and welfare. Learn more: responsiblelicensing.org.

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Carlos Barrera, CPA

  Carlos Barrera, CPA, discusses various functions within public accounting, how CPAs protect the public from harm, and why removing the CPA designation would put the public at risk.

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Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Caution on Licensing

I am concerned that the desire to lower barriers for some occupations may inadvertently also lower standards for professions that carry high public impact. As a certified public accountant for 42 years and as the immediate past chair of the Arkansas Society of CPAs, I have learned that Arkansans depend on CPAs as trusted financial […]

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Op-ed: Professional licensing is rigorous for a reason

While we understand Gov. DeSantis’ desire to lower barriers for Floridians entering occupations by eliminating unnecessary requirements, we ask Florida leaders to be mindful of potential unintended consequences for professions — and the professionals in them — that oversee systems vital to Floridians’ safety, health, and financial interests. Engineers, surveyors, architects, landscape architects, and certified […]

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Temi Fasusi, Licensed Architect

Temi Fasusi, licensed architect, describes her early fascination with architecture, the necessary rigor of architecture education and training, and the importance of professional licensing on public safety.

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Rigorous professional licensing protects Iowans

Iowans need professional engineers to be licensed at the highest level because we are responsible for designing facilities and systems such as roads, bridges, buildings, autonomous vehicles, and biotechnology. Because of this tremendous responsibility, an engineer’s license is rigorous for good reason. Iowans would be put at needless risk if the state professional engineers’ license […]

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ASCE, NCEES, NSPE Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing

ASCE, NCEES and NSPE will collaborate with other ARPL members to inform lawmakers of the need to maintain standards for highly complex, technical professions like engineering that have a clear impact on public health, safety and welfare. The coalition was formed to ensure the voices and concerns of the advanced professions are heard by lawmakers […]

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CLARB Helps Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing

8/12/2019 CLARB Helps Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards and Others Unite as Standards Put at Risk by Calls to Eliminate or Weaken Licensing   Washington, DC  – The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) has helped found the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) – a new coalition of […]

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AIA, NCARB Help Launch New Coalition to Represent Complex Professions and Licensing Boards

8/12/2019 AIA, NCARB Help Launch New Coalition to Represent Complex Professions and Licensing Boards Architects, Registration Boards, and Others join effort to ensure a unified voice for professions in growing debate around licensure, regulation, and public safety   Washington, DC  – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) are […]

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AICPA, NASBA Help Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing

8/12/2019 AICPA, NASBA Help Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing  CPAs, Boards of Accountancy and Others Unite to Maintain Public Protection as Licensing Standards Put at Risk   Washington, DC  – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) have helped found the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing […]

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ASCE, NCEES, NSPE Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing

  8/12/2019 ASCE, NCEES, NSPE Launch New Coalition to Protect Professional Licensing  Civil Engineers, Professional Engineers, Licensing Boards and Others Unite as Standards Put at Risk by Calls to Eliminate or Weaken Licensing   Washington, DC  – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and the […]

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AIA and NCARB Help Launch Coalition on Complex Professions and Licensing Standards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) are among several organizations who have helped found the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL)—a new coalition of technical professions focused on educating policymakers and the public about the importance of rigorous professional licensing standards. “NCARB and AIA may approach the […]

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AICPA and NASBA work on evolving the CPA licensing model

The AICPA and NASBA introduced on Monday the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing, a coalition of advanced professions — including accountants, architects and engineers — that’s focusing on educating policymakers and the public about the importance of rigorous professional licensing standards. “Weakening professional licensing standards on a state-by-state basis will destroy the confidence in qualifications […]

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