The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is committed to providing professional support and outstanding customer service to Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, military spouses and Veterans. The assistance offered to active military personnel, veterans and their families in transitioning into civilian life include special programs and initiatives aimed at assisting with transporting existing credentials or acquiring professional Colorado credentials while meeting life needs during military service or during the transition to civilian life.
Our goal is to identify pathways using military training and experience in a military occupation to qualify for high demand occupational licenses or certifications, as well as strive to provide facilitation of the development of gap coursework for veterans seeking to transition from a military occupation to civilian occupational licenses by collaborating with Higher Education stakeholders. Several DORA divisions have programs and initiatives aimed at assisting with transporting existing credentials or acquiring professional Colorado credentials and meeting a variety of life needs during military service or while transitioning to civilian life.
DORA's nine divisions are assisted by Boards and Commissions that provide oversight of its licensed industries and professions. In recent years, DORA has implemented several programs to streamline credentialing processes for active-duty military, spouses, and veterans. For example, one of the highest rates of military and veteran interest is in nursing licensure programs.
Streamlining initiatives focus on the application of military training toward a license or certification, the mobility of a spouse's professional license, fee waivers due to combat or contingency service, ease of license reinstatement, and removing barriers to obtain licensure for all DORA-regulated professions. For example, the Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing (VOCAL) program provides the framework for the Division of Professions and Occupations to streamline credentialing for veterans in professions under its purview. Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Optometry are examples of some of the programs with streamlined licensing for veterans to date.