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Colorado

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

28 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
33rd most burdensome licensing laws
50th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Colorado has the second least restrictive occupational licensing regime for lower-income occupations in the nation. It licenses only 28 of the 102 low- and moderate-income occupations studied. Entrants into those occupations, however, face the 33rd most burdensome requirements. On average, workers wishing to enter these occupations must pay $195 in fees, pass one exam and lose 227 days to training requirements.

Some of Colorado's laws do not line up with health and safety concerns. For instance, cosmetologists must obtain more than a year's worth of education and experience before receiving a license. The state requires less than a month before workers can be emergency medical technicians.

Despite the good rankings, Colorado could do more to remove barriers to honest work. For instance, Colorado is one of only four states to license psychiatric technicians and one of only 10 to license landscape contractors.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 135 1,825 1 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 0 1,460 0 0 0
3 Midwife 29 900 730 1 12 19
4 Earth Driller 47 100 730 2 0 0
5 Cosmetologist 51 165 420 2 0 16
6 Barber 50 95 350 2 0 16
7 Psychiatric Technician 4 65 210 1 12 0
8 Mobile Home Installer 39 110 181 1 0 18
9 Makeup Artist 36 165 140 2 0 16
9 Skin Care Specialist 50 165 140 2 0 16
11 Manicurist 50 95 140 2 0 0
12 School Bus Driver 51 149 0 6 0 21
13 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 149 0 5 0 18
14 Truck Driver 51 149 0 4 0 18
15 Bill Collector Agency 30 1200 0 0 0 0
16 Emergency Medical Technician 51 70 26 2 0 18
17 Gaming Supervisor 23 250 0 0 0 21
18 Pest Control Applicator 51 350 0 2 0 0
18 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 350 0 2 0 0
20 Slot Key Person 21 100 0 0 0 21
20 Gaming Dealer 24 100 0 0 0 21
20 Gaming Cage Worker 22 100 0 0 0 21
23 Child Care Worker 33 33 4 0 0 18
24 Animal Breeder 26 280 0 0 0 0
25 Milk Sampler 34 50 0 1 0 0
26 Landscape Worker 10 80 0 0 0 0
27 Fisher 41 40 0 0 0 0
28 Weigher 24 25 0 0 0 0

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