Kentucky Occupational Licensing

Licenses

38

of 102 lower-income occupations

x

Burden Rank

13th

for average burdens 1st is worst

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Combined Rank

40th

for number of licenses x average burdens 1st is worst

How Kentucky Compares in 2022

Percent Licensed of 102 Occupations

MIN
25%
MAX
75%

Average Days Lost to education and experience

113
972

Average Fees

$92
$727
Average across all states
Kentucky

Changes Since 2017

  • 1 license created for direct entry midwives; none removed
  • Fees changed most often and usually increased; days lost to education and experience decreased for 6 occupations, including cosmetologist and 4 other beauty occupations, but rose for emergency medical technician and head coach for high school sports
  • Burden rank worsened 1 spot and combined rank stayed the same despite net education and experience reductions, largely because other states improved more

2022 Licensing Burdens in Detail

N New License
Increase
Decrease

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at https://ij.org/report/license-to-work-3/ltw3-data/.

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