Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing (VOCAL)

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Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing

On May 20, 2016, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado House Bill 16-1197 into law. The bill is titled “Concerning a requirement that state agencies implement a program to streamline the granting of occupational credentials to veterans based on military training.”

Implementation of the bill is underway within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Division of Professions and Occupations and is known as "Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing" or VOCAL. VOCAL involves a systematic review of each profession under the Division’s purview to identify whether there are opportunities to streamline the licensing/credentialing of veterans, and then the adoption of policies or rules where such opportunities are identified.

For the following professions, streamlined veteran licensing policies/rules have been adopted. For more info, please review the policies/rules on the website for each Board/Program.

The Division analyzed the following professions and found that requirements for licensure are identical in the military and civilian contexts, and thus streamlined veteran licensing policies/rules were not necessary. For general requirements for licensure, please refer to the website for each Board/Program.

  • Dentist (Colorado Dental Board)
  • Engineer (State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, & Professional Land Surveyors)
  • Pharmacist (State Board of Pharmacy)
  • Physical Therapist (State Physical Therapy Board)

The Division analyzed the following professions and found that barriers to these professions are minimal, and thus streamlined veteran licensing policies/rules were not necessary. For general requirements for licensure, please refer to the website for each Board/Program.

As the remaining professions under the Division’s purview are analyzed, this website will be updated.

Read the full text of Colorado House Bill 16-1197.

The Division analyzed the following professions and found that these professions do not exist in the military, and thus streamlined veteran licensing policies/rules were not necessary. For general requirements for licensure, please refer to the website for each Board/Program.

  • Anesthesiologist Assistant (Colorado Medical Board)
  • Architect (State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, & Professional Land Surveyors)
  • Land Surveyor (State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, & Professional Land Surveyors)
  • Landscape Architect (Colorado State Board of Landscape Architects)