How does licensing protect consumers and the public?
Professional licensing protects consumers and the public by ensuring a baseline level of proven qualification and expertise. It is an important verification of expertise that ensures professionals with high public impact are qualified to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The public recognizes and values professional licensing. In fact, 74% of total voters surveyed believe professional licensing is important for public safety. There is trust in the rigor of professional licensing.
Professional licensing also protects consumers from unqualified practitioners. This is particularly critical in highly complex, technical professions where consumers do not have the specialized knowledge needed to evaluate qualifications and performance.