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Idaho

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

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

Highlights

47 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
36th most burdensome licensing laws
23rd most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Idaho licenses 47 of the occupations studied and has the 36th most burdensome licensing laws. On average, those seeking jobs in these occupations must pay $122 in fees, lose 240 days to training mandates and must pass one exam.

Idaho's licensing rules present a heavy burden to people seeking to enter specific occupations. For instance, fire alarm and security alarm installers are required to obtain four years of education and experience before receiving a license. The national average for these occupations is 486 days and 535 days, respectively. Idaho is one of only eight states to require that truck drivers and city/transit bus drivers possess a driver's license for a year (or more) prior to licensure. It is also one of 20 states with a similar requirement for school bus drivers. Other states require only tests, fees, a minimum age and in some states a short course or training session for these occupations.

Idaho forces would-be barbers to obtain 630 days training, would-be cosmetologists to obtain 467 days training and would-be HVAC contractors to obtain 1,494 days training. National average education and experience requirements for these occupations are 416 days, 372 days and 891 days, respectively.

Idaho is also one of only two states to license log scalers, who grade or estimate the value of logs, and they must pass two exams. Idaho is one of only nine states to license farm labor contractors, who must pay a hefty $250 fee to the state.

Easing or eliminating barriers such as these could improve employment prospects in Idaho.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 115 1,825 1 0 0
2 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 135 1,494 1 0 0
3 Athletic Trainer 46 420 1,460 1 0 0
4 Security Alarm Installer 34 80 1,460 1 0 0
4 Fire Alarm Installer 34 80 1,460 1 0 0
6 Barber 50 100 630 3 10 16.5
7 Veterinary Technologist 37 200 730 2 0 18
8 Cosmetologist 51 245 467 2 10 16.5
9 School Bus Driver 51 148 367 6 0 18
10 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 145 365 5 0 18
11 Truck Driver 51 142 365 4 0 18
12 Earth Driller 47 200 365 1 0 0
13 Makeup Artist 36 57 140 2 10 16.5
13 Skin Care Specialist 50 57 140 2 10 16.5
15 Manicurist 50 100 93 2 10 0
16 Cathodic Protection Tester 16 1500 8 2 0 0
17 Massage Therapist 39 175 117 1 0 18
18 Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester 18 96 9 2 12 0
19 Emergency Medical Technician 51 70 26 2 0 18
20 Mobile Home Installer 39 220 0 1 0 18
21 Pest Control Applicator 51 130 0 1 0 18
22 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 40 0 1 0 18
23 Weigher 24 10 0 0 0 18
24 Log Scaler 2 25 0 2 0 0
25 Farm Labor Contractor 9 250 0 0 0 0
26 Milk Sampler 34 25 0 1 0 0
27 Bill Collector Agency 30 150 0 0 0 0
28 Travel Guide 21 135 0 0 0 0
29 Fisher 41 110 0 0 0 0
30 Nursery Worker 2 100 0 0 0 0
31 Taxidermist 26 35 0 0 0 0
32 Pipelayer Contractor 29 30 0 0 0 0
32 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 30 0 0 0 0
32 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 30 0 0 0 0
32 Sheet Metal Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 30 0 0 0 0
32 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 30 0 0 0 0
32 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 30 0 0 0 0
32 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 30 0 0 0 0
32 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 30 0 0 0 0
32 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 30 0 0 0 0
32 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 30 0 0 0 0
32 Door Repair Contractor 35 30 0 0 0 0
32 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 30 0 0 0 0
32 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 30 0 0 0 0
32 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 30 0 0 0 0
46 Auctioneer 33 20 0 0 0 0
47 Animal Breeder 26 15 0 0 0 0

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