ERIC Number: ED176018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Licensing: Questions a Legislator Should Ask.
Shimberg, Benjamin; Roederer, Doug
The problems, issues, concerns, and preferred solutions concerning occupational licensing are discussed in this guide designed for state policymakers confronting decisions regarding the credentialing of various occupations and professions. Chapter 1 focuses on the guidelines for occupational regulation. Three issues are discussed: deciding whether state governments should regulate an occupational group at all; drafting the regulatory statute so that it is fair to practitioners and consumers alike; and establishing an administrative structure that promotes accountability and public confidence. Chapter 2 provides a guide for questioning groups that are seeking regulation of an occupation. Questions include the following: Why should the occupational group be regulated?; What efforts have been made to address the problems?; Have alternatives to licensure been considered?; Will the public benefit from regulation of the occupation?; Will regulation be harmful to the public?; How will the regulatory activity be administered?; Who is sponsoring the regulatory program?; and Why is regulation being sought? Finally, chapter 3 describes the efforts in three states--California, Minnesota, and Virginia--to bring about change in their regulatory structures. In each instance, names of key contacts are provided. (JH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Certification, Guidelines, Information Seeking, Job Skills, Legislators, Occupations, Policy Formation, Professional Training, State Government, State Licensing Boards, State Standards
Council of State Governments, Iron Works Pike, Box 11910, Lexington, Kentucky 40578 ($3.50; 30% off for quantity orders)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of State Governments, Lexington, KY.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: California; Minnesota; Virginia