What’s At Risk?
Responsible Licensing Works

Our professions have responsible licensing models that are working and already address many of the outcomes deregulation bills seek. Responsible models work because they recognize the unique distinctions across professions and leave the establishment of standards to those with first-hand knowledge and expert understanding of the profession. While there is no single, perfect professional licensing model, those that are most successful for both professionals and the public share common characteristics. These include:

Mobility & Reciprocity
While many professions have different licensing models that offer varying degrees of mobility, it is important that responsible models give professionals assurance that their license will be recognized in different jurisdictions, without having to return to school for significant hours.
Uniformity Within Professions
Responsible licensing means professionals know what qualifications are required of them regardless of where they enter the profession or where they currently practice. Substantially uniform standards within each profession’s licensure system are critical for mobility, for ensuring people enter a profession with the same qualifications, and for allowing a clear career path.
High, Consistent Standards
Professional licensing conveys to the public that professionals have a baseline of minimum qualifications upon which the public can depend. Regardless of where the professional practices, there is a consistent standard of education, examination, and experience. The license also conveys a commitment to ongoing education, professional development, and a code of ethics. 
Protections for the Public
Licensing systems are about more than entry into a profession. Good licensing systems should also protect the public from unqualified practitioners by providing a means to enforce qualifications and to act on the public’s behalf to investigate and sanction bad actors. 
Our approaches to licensing are serving the public and professionals well. These models should be preserved, not destroyed.