State Legislatures, a monthly magazine published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, provides in its April edition a comprehensive overview of various approaches states are taking to address issues surrounding occupational licensing.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services provides the most comprehensive list available of licensed, certified and registered occupations in the state.
Developed as part of the Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium, the National Occupational Licensing Database offers state-by-state comparisons of licensing or certification practices for 34 occupations that 1) are regulated by at least 30 states, 2) have projected job-growth potential, 3) have an entry level of less than a four-year degree, and 4) have a national number of job holders exceeding at least 10,000.
Delegations from participating Consortium states launched the occupational licensing project with a three-day meeting in December 2017 to hear presentations and develop individual state plans for addressing issues.
Arkansas is one of 11 states accepted to participate in the Occupational Licensing Policy Learning Consortium, which is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and is managed jointly by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments, and the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices.