About the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO)


The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) provides consumer protection through its regulation of over 500,000 licensees, registrants, certificants and permit holders within more than 55 professions, occupations and business in the State of Colorado. Because the division is so diverse, you can find more information by accessing the specific professions homepage you're interested in.

Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations

Ronne Hines

Ronne Hines was appointed Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) in August 2016. DPO is an umbrella agency that regulates more than 55 professions and over 500,000 licensees. As the Division Director, she is responsible for licensing nearly 15-percent of the state’s workforce and protects consumers through the enforcement of rigorous licensing standards and standards of practice. DPO strives to provide excellent customer service, to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden including working to expand access to healthcare across Colorado, and to break down silos among professions to help solve some of the State’s toughest challenges such as prescription drug abuse. 

Ms. Hines has been with the Department since February 2008 and has served in a variety of senior-level positions in DPO, most recently as its Deputy Director for Healthcare with responsibility for approximately 250,000 healthcare professionals in the state in more than 25 different regulatory boards and programs. Prior to her role as Deputy Director for Healthcare, Hines was a program director charged with the day-to-day operations and enforcement for six mental health regulatory boards. Previously, Ms. Hines was an attorney in private practice.  

She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver, earned her Juris Doctorate from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

Ronne Hines, Director