note: Occupational Licenses and Military Veterans


Recently, it has come to the attention of lawmakers, researchers, and the media that transitions from military to civilian employment may be hindered by licensing laws.  Since 2008, numerous states have passed laws intended to help resolve the issue.  Here they are:

 

CO H 1162
2008
Military Spouse Interim Authorization
Status: Enacted – Act No. 41
Date of Last Action:* 03/19/2008 – Enacted
Author: Stephens (R)
Topics: K-12 Leadership, Teacher Issues-Induction and Mentoring, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Summary: Creates a military spouse interim authorization that allows a school district to employ a military spouse who is certified or licensed teacher, special services provider, principal, or administrator in another state but who has not yet completed the licensure process in this state.

 

KY H 607
2008
Alternative Teacher Certification
Status: Enacted – Act No. 177
Date of Last Action:* 04/24/2008 – Enacted
Author: Tilley (D) Additional Authors: Ballard (D);Dossett (R);Moore (R);Greer (D)
Topics: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues-Recruitment and Retention, Teacher Issues
Summary: Relates to alternative teacher certification, allows a five year statement of eligibility for teaching be issued to a veteran who has completed a total of ten years of active duty service, ten years of service officially credited toward armed services retirement, or ten years combination of service.

 

TN S 3364
2008
Teachers Principals and School Personnel
Status: Enacted – Act No. 925
Date of Last Action:* 05/15/2008 – Enacted
Author: Beavers (R)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Employment, Teacher Issues
Summary: Grants licensed teacher’s leave to visit a spouse, child, or parent deployed for military duty to present situations eligible for mandatory grant of leave from employment.

 

WA H 1156
2009
Alternative Route Certification Program
Status: Enacted – Act No. 192
Date of Last Action:* 04/23/2009 – Enacted
Author: Anderson (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Admissions and Enrollment, Postsecondary-Financial Aid and Affordability, Postsecondary-Other/Miscellaneous, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Summary: Creates a preference in the higher education alternative route certification program for veterans and national guard members, creates a preference in the alternative route certification program for veterans and national guard members.

 

VA H 809
2009
Provisional and Local Eligibility Licenses
Status: Enacted – Act No. 51
Date of Last Action:* 02/29/2008 – Enacted
Author: Ward (D)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Summary: Provides that if a teacher employed under a provisional license is activated or deployed for military service within a school year, an additional year will be added to the teacher’s provisional license for each school year or portion the teacher is activated, provides that local school divisions may grant similar extensions for local eligibility licenses in their discretion.

 

MN S 2737
2010
State Government
Status: Enacted – Act No. 333
Date of Last Action:* 05/13/2010 – Enacted
Author: Skogen (DFL)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Employment, Teacher Issues
Associated Bills: MN H 2678 – Companion
Summary: Regards veterans’ points for teaching applicants

 

KY H 301
2011
Military Professional Licensure and Certification Fees
Status: Enacted – Act No. 101
Date of Last Action:* 03/17/2011 – Enacted
Author: Pullin (D) Additional Authors: Butler Dw (R);Yonts (D);Greer (D);Webb-Edgington (R);Steele (D)
Topics: K-12 Leadership
Summary: Specifies that any active duty military personnel will have any professional license or certificate renewed without payment of fees or obtaining continuing education as long as they are an active duty member of the Armed Forces and for six months after discharge. School Leadership: Requires that the professionally licensed or certified spouse of any active duty military personnel transferred to Kentucky will be issued a six month temporary license by the administrative body with jurisdiction over that profession in Kentucky.

 

MD S 687
2011
Adjutant General
Status: Enacted – Act No. 517
Date of Last Action:* 05/19/2011 – Enacted
Author: Peters (D)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Associated Bills: MD H 998 – Crossfiled with
Summary: Requires the State Department of Education to develop a certain form relating to teacher certification and tenure and to post the form on its Web site, requires the Adjutant General or the Adjutant General’s designee to assist military spouses in finding employment in education, health care or business occupations in the state that permit reciprocal licensure.

 

MD H 998
2011
Adjutant General
Status: Enacted – Act No. 518
Date of Last Action:* 05/19/2011 – Enacted
Author: Valentino-Smith (D)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Employment, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Associated Bills: MD S 687 – Crossfiled with
Summary: Requires the State Department of Education to develop a certain form relating to teacher certification and tenure and to post the form on its Web site, requires the Adjutant General or the Adjutant General’s designee to assist military spouses in finding employment in education, health care. or any licensed occupation with reciprocal licensure, requires teachers who have achieved tenure or an equivalent level of certification or licensure to be granted tenure in the State under specified circumstances.

 

NJ S 1026
2012
VETeach Pilot Program
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2012-2
Date of Last Action:* 04/05/2012 – Enacted
Author: Whelan (D)
Topics: Middle School, Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Other/Miscellaneous, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues-Preparation, Teacher Issues-Recruitment and Retention, Teacher Issues
Associated Bills: NJ A 1294 – Identical
Summary: Establishes VETeach Pilot Program in Department of Education to facilitate the teacher certification of veterans, provides that the expense incurred by eligible students will be covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

 

IN H 1116
2012
Military Education and Training
Status: Enacted – Act No. 57
Date of Last Action:* 03/14/2012 – Enacted
Author: Borders (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Admissions and Enrollment, Postsecondary-Other/Miscellaneous
Summary: Relates to military education and occupational licensure, provides that a board shall issue a license, certificate, registration, or permit to a military service applicant to allow the applicant to practice the applicant’s occupation if the applicant has completed a military program of training, been awarded a military occupational specialty and performed adequately in that occupational specialty, requires that applicant to pay fees required by the occupational licensing board. Veterans: credit for military service

 

WA S 5969
2012
Professional Licensing of Military Spouses
Status: Enacted – Act No. 5
Date of Last Action:* 12/20/2011 – Enacted
Author: Kilmer (D)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Associated Bills: WA H 2167 b – Companion
Summary: Requires that each professional authority responsible for licensing, certifying, registering or issuing a permit to perform a professional services in the state is required to establish procedures to expedite the issuance of a license, certificate, or permit to a person who is certified or licensed in another state to perform professional services in the state, whose spouse is the subject of a military transfer to the state, and who left employment in the other state to accompany their spouse to the state.

 

WI S 357
2012
Military Education
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2012-120
Date of Last Action:* 03/05/2012 – Enacted
Author: Moulton (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Other/Miscellaneous
Summary: Relates to applying a service members military education, training, or other experience to satisfy requirements for a professional credential or occupational license, provides that a credential applicant’s education, training, or other experience obtained in connection with the applicant’s service in the armed forces satisfies that credential’s education, training, or other experience requirements, relates to public librarians, child care centers, group homes, shelters and nursing homes.

 

AK H 84
2013
Military Training Credit and Licenses
Status: Enacted – Act No. 28
Date of Last Action:* 06/02/2013 – Enacted
Author: Saddler (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Adult Education
Summary: Relates to applying military education, training, and service credit to occupational licensing and certain postsecondary education and employment training requirements, provides for a temporary occupational license for qualified military service members.

 

MD H 225
2013
Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013
Status: Enacted – Act No. 155
Date of Last Action:* 04/17/2013 – Enacted
Author: Busch (D) Additional Authors: Barve (D);Dumais (D);Feldman (D);Jameson (D);Braveboy (D);Hucker (D);Kipke (R);Kramer B (D);Olszewski (D);Glass (R);Lee (D);Love (D);Rosenberg (D);Barkley (D);Branch (D);Minnick (D);Hubbard (D);Morhaim (D);Frush (D);Malone (D);McHale (D);Rudolph (D);Mitchell (D)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Associated Bills: MD S 273 – Crossfiled with
Summary: Requires certain licensing units and boards to give credit to former service members for relevant military training, education, and experience in connection with the issuance of occupational and professional licenses, certificates, and registrations, repeals and re-codifies provisions of law regarding the renewal of certain occupational or professional licenses and the completion of continuing education or continuing competency requirements for specified members of an armed force deployed outside the State.

 

MS S 2419
2013
Occupational Licensing for Military Applicants
Status: Enacted – Act No. 350
Date of Last Action:* 03/18/2013 – Enacted
Author: Montgomery (D)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Induction and Mentoring, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Summary: Provides that Occupational Licensing Boards shall issue a license, certification, or registration to a military-trained applicant to allow the applicant to lawfully practice the applicant’s occupation in Mississippi if the applicant satisfies certain conditions, provides that Occupational Licensing Boards shall issue a license, certification, or registration to a military spouse to allow the military spouse to lawfully practice the military spouse’s occupation in Mississippi.

 

NJ S 1026
2013
VETeach Pilot Program
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2012-2
Date of Last Action:* 04/05/2012 – Enacted
Author: Whelan (D)
Topics: Middle School, Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Other/Miscellaneous, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues-Preparation, Teacher Issues-Recruitment and Retention, Teacher Issues
Summary: Establishes VETeach Pilot Program in Department of Education to facilitate the teacher certification of veterans, provides that the expense incurred by eligible students will be covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

 

NJ A 2892
2013
Temporary Instructional Permit
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2013-68
Date of Last Action:* 06/13/2013 – Enacted
Author: Diegnan (D) Additional Authors: Chivukula (D);DeAngelo (D);Caputo (D);Beach (D);Riley (D);Coughlin (D);Brown Ch (R);Eustace (D);Mosquera (D);Simon (R);Amodeo (R);Whelan (D);Turner (D);Conaway (D);Johnson (D);Allen (R);Greenstein (D);McHose (R);Gordon (D);Moriarty (D);Lampitt (D);Space (R)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Employment, Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification
Associated Bills: NJ S 1927 – Identical
Summary: Allows certain military spouses with out-of-State teaching license to receive temporary instructional certificate in the state, requires the State Board of Education to establish a procedure for the issuance of a temporary instructional certificate to a nonresident military spouse that authorizes a board of education to employ that individual as a teacher if the nonresident military spouse holds a valid and current license or certificate to teach issued by another state.

 

SD S 117
2013
Active Duty Military Personnel Spouses
Status: Enacted – Act No. 170
Date of Last Action:* 03/06/2013 – Enacted
Author: State Affairs Cmt
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues
Summary: Provides for an expedited endorsement of certain licenses, certificates, registrations, and permits for spouses of active duty military personnel by the State Board of Education.

 

AK H 84
2014
Military Training Credit and Licenses
Status: Enacted – Act No. 28
Date of Last Action:* 06/02/2013 – Enacted
Author: Saddler (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Adult Education
Summary: Relates to applying military education, training, and service credit to occupational licensing and certain postsecondary education and employment training requirements, provides for a temporary occupational license for qualified military service members.

 

FL H 433
2014
Educator Certification
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2014-32
Date of Last Action:* 05/12/2014 – Enacted
Author: Spano (R) Additional Authors: Spano (R)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues-Preparation
Associated Bills: FL S 950 – Similar
Summary: Relates to educator certification and requirements for instructional personnel who supervise preservice field experience, authorizes a school district to assign newly hired instructional personnel to a failing school, revises competency-based professional development certification and education competency requirements, provides for military experience, authorizes a consortium of charter schools to develop a professional development system, provides for use of student achievement data and graduate records.

 

FL H 7015
2014
Military and Veteran Support
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2014-1
Date of Last Action:* 03/31/2014 – Enacted
Author: Veteran & Military Affairs Subcommittee Additional Authors: Murphy (D);Danish (D);Cummings (R);Steube (R);Smith J (R);Rooney (R);Porter (R);Nunez (R);Metz (R);Hager (R);Diaz J (R);Corcoran (R);Dudley (D);Edwards (D);Zimmerman (D);Spano (R);Santiago (R);Rodriguez J (D);Raulerson (R);Raschein (R);Rangel (D);Pigman (R);Peters (R);McGhee (D);Fitzenhagen (R);Campbell (D);Caldwell (R);Broxson (R);Ray (R);Rader (D);Mayfield D (R);Eisnaugle (R);Adkins (R);McBurney (R);Schwartz (D);Nelson (R);Hooper (R);Coley M (R);Harrell (R);Rehwinkel Vasil (D);Renuart (R);Brodeur (R);Berman (D);Artiles (R);Albritton (R);Ahern (R);Gaetz M (R);Cruz (D);Williams A (D);Van Zant (R);Rogers (D);Roberson K (R);Baxley (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Associated Bills: FL H 35 – Compare;FL H 205 – Compare;FL H 851 – Compare;FL H 873 – Compare;FL S 84 – Compare;FL S 140 – Compare;FL S 418 – Compare;FL S 428 – Compare;FL S 860 – Similar;FL S 970 – Compare
Summary: Relates to military and veteran support, revises and creates provisions to benefit veterans and servicemembers with regard to the Educational Dollars for Duty Program, the Veterans’ Walk of Honor, the Veterans’ Memorial Garden and governmental employment preference, relates to drivers license extension for military member’s spouse and dependents, waivers professional regulation fees for spouses of veterans, directs veterans from higher education-related fees.

OH H 488
2014
Education Credit for Military Training
Status: Enacted – Act No. 117
Date of Last Action:* 06/16/2014 – Enacted
Author: Dovilla (R) Additional Authors: Sheehy (D);Terhar (R);Hagan C (R);Sprague (R);Buchy (R);Butler (R);Stinziano (D);Rosenberger (R);Ramos (D);Patmon (D);O’Brien (D);Milkovich (D);Johnson (R);Henne (R);Hayes (R);Duffey (R);Clyde (D);Pelanda (R);DeVitis (R);Cera (D);Romanchuk (R);Rogers (D);Retherford (R);Perales (R);Patterson (D);Green (R);Curtin (D);Burkley (R);Brown T (R);Bishoff (D);Barborak (D);Smith (R);Lynch (R);Scherer (R);Boyce (D);Celebrezze (D);Ashford (D);Antonio (D);Stebelton (R);Lundy (D);Letson (D);Huffman (R);Foley (D);Budish (D);Batchelder (R);McGregor R (R);Amstutz (R);Fedor (D);Strahorn (D);Hagan R (D);Wachtmann (R);Blessing (R);Damschroder (R);Redfern (D);Gerberry (D);Sears (R);Adams R (R);Anielski (R);Beck (R);Winburn (D);Stautberg (R);Ruhl (R);Pillich (D);McClain (R);Maag (R);Hall (R);Hackett (R);Grossman (R);Derickson (R);Carney (D);Boose (R);Blair (R);Baker (R);Schuring (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Summary: Requires state institutions of higher education to award credit for military training, increases penalties for theft and identity fraud offenses where the victim is an active duty service member, allows a civil action for victims of identity fraud, requires each licensing agency to prioritize and expedite certification or licensing for applicants that are a member, veteran, spouse, or surviving spouse of a member or veteran, relates to preference in any federally funded employment and training program.

 

MA S 2052
2014
Veteran Matters
Status: Enacted – Act No. 62-2014
Date of Last Action:* 04/03/2014 – Enacted
Author: Report of Conference Committee
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Associated Bills: MA S 1885 – New Draft of
Summary: Relates to veteran’s allowances, labor, outreach, and recognition, makes appropriations, relates to students enlisted in active duty, property exempt from taxation, charitable organizations, casualty classifications, Gold Star Family plates, registration of certain professions and occupations, training and certification of veterans’ benefits and services officers, employer hiring and promotion preference, picketing laws, veterans home modification, veterans’ businesses and other matters.

 

OH H 488
2014
Education Credit for Military Training
Status: Enacted – Act No. 117
Date of Last Action:* 06/16/2014 – Enacted
Author: Dovilla (R) Additional Authors: Sheehy (D);Terhar (R);Hagan C (R);Sprague (R);Buchy (R);Butler (R);Stinziano (D);Rosenberger (R);Ramos (D);Patmon (D);O’Brien (D);Milkovich (D);Johnson (R);Henne (R);Hayes (R);Duffey (R);Clyde (D);Pelanda (R);DeVitis (R);Cera (D);Romanchuk (R);Rogers (D);Retherford (R);Perales (R);Patterson (D);Green (R);Curtin (D);Burkley (R);Brown T (R);Bishoff (D);Barborak (D);Smith (R);Lynch (R);Scherer (R);Boyce (D);Celebrezze (D);Ashford (D);Antonio (D);Stebelton (R);Lundy (D);Letson (D);Huffman (R);Foley (D);Budish (D);Batchelder (R);McGregor R (R);Amstutz (R);Fedor (D);Strahorn (D);Hagan R (D);Wachtmann (R);Blessing (R);Damschroder (R);Redfern (D);Gerberry (D);Sears (R);Adams R (R);Anielski (R);Beck (R);Winburn (D);Stautberg (R);Ruhl (R);Pillich (D);McClain (R);Maag (R);Hall (R);Hackett (R);Grossman (R);Derickson (R);Carney (D);Boose (R);Blair (R);Baker (R);Schuring (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Summary: Requires state institutions of higher education to award credit for military training, increases penalties for theft and identity fraud offenses where the victim is an active duty service member, allows a civil action for victims of identity fraud, requires each licensing agency to prioritize and expedite certification or licensing for applicants that are a member, veteran, spouse, or surviving spouse of a member or veteran, relates to preference in any federally funded employment and training program.

 

FL H 433
2014
Educator Certification
Status: Enacted – Act No. 2014-32
Date of Last Action:* 05/12/2014 – Enacted
Author: Spano (R) Additional Authors: Spano (R)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification, Teacher Issues-Preparation
Associated Bills: FL S 950 – Similar
Summary: Relates to educator certification and requirements for instructional personnel who supervise preservice field experience, authorizes a school district to assign newly hired instructional personnel to a failing school, revises competency-based professional development certification and education competency requirements, provides for military experience, authorizes a consortium of charter schools to develop a professional development system, provides for use of student achievement data and graduate records.

 

ME H 802
2014
Veteran Access to Employment and Education
Status: Enacted – Act No. 311
Date of Last Action:* 06/21/2013 – Enacted
Author: Graham (D)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Admissions and Enrollment, Postsecondary-Tuition and Fees
Summary: Requires each board, commission and agency of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to adopt a process to facilitate qualified returning military veterans and qualified spouses to qualify for professional licenses, provides that nonresident students receiving federal assistance with education cost are eligible for in-state tuition, provides for training, provides for acceptance of military credentials, provides for licenses from another state.

 

NY S 6887
2014
Educational Opportunities for Military Children
Status: Enacted – Act No. 328
Date of Last Action:* 08/18/2014 – Enacted
Author: Ranzenhofer (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Summary: Enacts the interstate compact on educational opportunities for military children,, provides for spouses licensed in another state, relates to in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state and city university of New York, state supplemental burial allowance for members killed in combat or duty subject to imminent danger, relates to real estate broker, barber, and cosmetology licenses for a member of the household of a member of the armed forces before relocating to the state.

 

UT H 36
2015
Veterans Definition
Status: Enacted – Act No. 141
Date of Last Action:* 03/25/2015 – Enacted
Author: Ray (R)
Topics: Summer Programs
Summary: Relates to veterans, relates to resident student status, waiver of education, licensing or certification requirements and maintenance of the Utah Veterans’ Cemetery and Memorial Park, amends a definition of dependents to include a dependent spouse and children, requires documentation showing military education and training in the field in which certification or licensure is sought, includes a disabled veteran.

 

VA H 1641
2015
Values Veterans Program
Status: Enacted – Act No. 318
Date of Last Action:* 03/17/2015 – Enacted
Author: Stolle (R)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Summary: Relates to the Virginia Values Veterans Program to help reduce unemployment among veterans, requires all Executive Branch agencies and all public institutions of higher education to be certified as employers participating with an objective of setting measurable goals for hiring and retaining veterans, authorizes such agencies or institutions to request a certification waiver if the agencies and institutions can demonstrate the certification is in conflict with policy and each has an alternative program.

 

CO H 1197
2016
Military Veteran Occupational Credentials
Status: Enacted – Act No. 190
Date of Last Action:* 05/20/2016 – Enacted
Author: Carver (R) Additional Authors: Wist (R);Rosenthal (D);Nordberg (R);Melton (D);Lebsock (D);Lawrence (R);Landgraf (R);Kraft-Tharp (D);Ginal (D);Buckner (D);Saine (R);Salazar (D);Crowder (R);Winter (D);Windholz (R);Roupe (R);Lundeen (R);Lontine (D);Klingenschmitt (R);Esgar (D);Danielson (D);Arndt (D);Young (D);Hamner (D);Williams A (D);Ryden (D);Priola (R);McCann (D);Hullinghorst (D);Court (D);Roberts (R);Primavera (D);Kerr A (D);Kefalas (D);Heath (D);Newell (D);Kagan (D);Pabon (D);Lee (D);Joshi (R);Jones (D);Fields (D);Duran (D);Conti (R);Brown (R);Becker (R);Todd (D)
Topics: Postsecondary, Postsecondary-Veterans (since 2014)
Summary: Requires each state agency that regulates a profession or occupation to evaluate and provide credit toward licensing and certification for military experience, requires each agency to evaluate the extent to which military training meets state requirements, identify certain reciprocity mechanisms, document certain results and publish a summary of certain pathways, and consult with community colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions with regard to certain programs.

PA H 2078
2016
Certification of Teachers
Status: Enacted – Chapter
Date of Last Action:* 11/03/2016 – Enacted
Author: Hill (R)
Topics: Teacher Issues-Licensure and Certification
Summary: Amends the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in certification of teachers, provides for issuance of permanent college certificates by the Secretary of Education, for a program of continuing professional education and for a professional educator discipline fee, provides for processing applications from qualified veterans, members of the armed forces or a spouse, including the reserve National Guard, within a specified time.

Data comes from the National Congress of State Legislature http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/education-bill-tracking-database.aspx