Our approaches to licensing are serving the public and professionals well. These models should be preserved, not destroyed.
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: