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Review of State Professional and Occupational Licensure Board Requirements and Processes

June 11, 2018
By Pennsylvania Department of State

A Report on Pennsylvania's Regulated Occupations and Professions as Directed by Gov. Tom Wolf

On October 24, 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2017-03: Review of State Professional and Occupational Licensure Board Requirements and Processes. The order required the Pennsylvania Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA), which oversees professional licensure, to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s processes, fees, training requirements, criminal history policies, reciprocity or interstate agreements, and continuing education requirements for occupational and professional licensure. In addition, the order directs BPOA to benchmark Pennsylvania’s professional and occupational licensure data against regional averages in order to help identify requirements and processes which may present unnecessary employment barriers for Pennsylvanians.
This report responds to the governor’s charge by presenting a holistic review of Pennsylvania’s occupational licensure system. The intent of this report is to provide information to the governor to help him and administration officials identify opportunities to remove unnecessary restrictions that prevent Pennsylvanians from gaining employment without compromising the health and safety of residents