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Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Grant

Welcome to the New Hampshire Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Grant webpage!

The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) is a recipient of a Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration grant award in the amount of $244,260.00, from October 17, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

The Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Grant will allow OPLC to conduct an occupational licensing review and reform analysis on five (5) license categories which encompass 14 occupations and 33 licenses. The five categories of licensure will be: Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals; Office of Allied Health Professionals (including Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistants and Respiratory Care Providers); Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics; Licensed Nursing Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician.

Occupational licensing review and reform is crucially important for the economic vitality of the State of New Hampshire, both in the short- and long-term. If New Hampshire does not adequately address occupational licensure issues within these industries, OPLC believes the state will suffer in three ways:

  1. New Hampshire will not be able to adequately address or alleviate the opioid issue. No matter how much funding is available, the lack of staff will leave those in need of treatment less able to obtain it.
  2. New Hampshire will not be filling roles to address the aging population in our state. With New Hampshire's state population being the second oldest in the US, having sufficient medical personnel is critical. Jobs are currently available and more will become available to both assist and employ this aging population. New Hampshire has an opportunity to provide better services and extend the working careers for those who wish to do so. Without occupational licensing reform, the process becomes more challenging.
  3. New Hampshire will squander the opportunity to evaluate and market underemployed populations, which does a disservice to both employers and potential employees. Alleviating licensure barriers, which could fast-track deserving and qualified populations into careers, helps the state, employers, and potential employees alike.

With the support of the grant funding, OPLC through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, has entered an 18-month contract with the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) to provide licensing research analysis and subsequently provide recommendations.

CLEAR will specifically perform the following duties:

  • Conduct a comparative analysis of requirements within each US jurisdiction for the occupations OPLC has selected and determine how New Hampshire's standards line up with standards across the US.
  • Review existing or emerging interstate licensing compacts for the selected occupations and develop a report on what it would take for New Hampshire to be able to join.
  • Develop a report on the potential benefits and detriments to joining said compacts.
  • Analyze the current barriers to entry/mobility within the selected professions and the rationale for each barrier.
  • Conduct a review of the selected occupational categories and identify all sub-specialties. Using stakeholder feedback, a comparative analysis, and current research and best practices for each field, develop a set of recommendations on sub-specialties that could receive exemptions.
  • Review national certifications for identified occupations and compare certification requirements to existing state licensing requirements. Identify areas of overlap and potential gaps between national certification and licensure.
  • Conduct a literature review of existing research and findings on the costs and benefits of occupational licensing.
  • Conduct a review of occupations that currently use an alternate method of entry to practice, noting similarities and differences to licensing as well as any positive or negative outcomes associated with an alternative approach. Develop a report comparing the time and financial commitment for entry to practice for licensees with other regulatory alternatives.
  • Conduct a series of five in-person meetings with stakeholders to collect feedback and contribute to the set of reports associated with this project. In consultation with the state, prepare a list of questions and conduct pre and post meeting surveys as necessary.
  • Utilizing the report addressing licensing compacts with other states and feedback from stakeholders; develop a plan for the state of New Hampshire to join interstate licensing compacts where applicable.
  • Based on stakeholder feedback and meetings with military organizations/representatives, determine the best methods for communications. Conduct a review of best practices employed by other states in communications with military spouses. Develop and execute the communications plan and make the information readily available on the state website and other channels identified within the plan.
  • Based on report addressing unjustified barriers, stakeholder input, data from other states and current best practices, develop a set of recommendations on which barriers to former convicted offenders could be removed or lessened.
  • Compile a set of recommendations and rationale based on the research conducted, reports developed and stakeholder feedback. Research legislation and best practices in other states and obtain model legislation when possible for New Hampshire to utilize in the process of drafting legislation. Provide input, review and comment during the process of drafting legislation.
  • Assist New Hampshire staff with grant and reporting requirements.

Grant Contact

Peter D. Danles, Executive Director
(603) 271-6766

Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
121 South Fruit Street |  Concord, NH 03301