License to Work, 2nd Edition

Published in 2017, this is an older edition of IJ’s landmark License to Work report. You can download the report and read about data improvements we made between the first and second editions here, but please see the third and current edition for the most up-to-date information. The third edition also provides a comparison dataset with data spanning all three editions, including corrections to earlier data.

Updates to License to Work, 2nd Edition

The updates and corrections below were identified after the second edition went to press, so they are not reflected in the PDF download. However, they have been incorporated into the third edition and its comparison dataset as appropriate.

Update Details

State(s)Occupation(s)Update DescriptionImpact on Data
RICoach, Head (High School Sports)The athletic coach permit was repealed by 2015 RI H5900, and as of January 1, 2017, is no longer required.There is no license.
UTAll Contractor Occupations and Mobile Home InstallerH.B. 313 changed the licensing requirements for various contractor occupations and mobile home installers, effective May 9, 2017.Fees decreased to between $210 and $445.
Two years of experience eliminated.
Education increased to 25 clock hours.
Exams eliminated.
AL, AZ, CT, IN, IA, KY, ME, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, SD and WIInterpreter, Sign LanguageData were updated to reflect the Registry Interpreters for the Deaf’s certification requirements for those who are not deaf or hard of hearing, which constitutes the majority of sign language interpreters.Fees increased $240 (except in Maine, where fees increased $220, and Alabama, where fees increased $145).
Education decreased 40 clock hours (except Alabama, which saw no change).
IL, RI and WVInterpreter, Sign Language
Data were updated to reflect an easier route to licensure.
Fees decreased $345 in Illinois, $110 in Rhode Island and $445 in West Virginia.
Four years and 40 clock hours of education eliminated.
A minimum age of 18 years is required in Rhode Island.
WVHVAC Contractor (Commercial & Residential) and Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial & Residential)H.B. 4392 requires a technician’s license in addition to a contractor’s license, effective January 1, 2016.Fees increased $42.
Experience increased 8,000 clock hours.
One more exam is required.
A minimum age of 18 years is required.
WVUpholstererSB 419 increased fees as of July 6, 2017.Fees increased $80.

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