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Kansas

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

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

Highlights

34 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
44th most burdensome licensing laws
46th most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Kansas licenses 34 low- and moderate-income occupations and has the 44th most burdensome licensing laws. On average, Kansas requires job seekers in these occupations to pay $88 in fees, obtain 166 days of education and experience and pass one exam. The relatively light burdens and few occupations licensed combine to make Kansas the 46th most broadly and onerously licensed state.

For the commercial/general contractor licenses, Kansas is the only state to require just registration. However, there are several occupations where Kansas imposes onerous burdens compared to other states. Kansas is one of only four states to license psychiatric technicians, who must obtain 210 days of education and experience. Animal breeders must pay a highest-in-the-nation fee of $405. Skin care specialists lose 233 days to training requirements compared to a national average of 149 days in that occupation.

Overly onerous requirements like these could be targets for reform. Kansas policy makers should also examine occupations with requirements that are out-of-line with health and safety concerns. For example, an emergency medical technician will spend 35 days training to earn a license in Kansas. Manicurists need more than twice that much training, 82 days, and barbers and cosmetologists need even more, 350 days.

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Preschool Teacher 49 36 1,825 2 0 0
2 Athletic Trainer 46 380 1,460 1 0 0
3 Veterinary Technologist 37 220 730 1 0 0
4 Barber 50 180 350 3 12 16
5 Cosmetologist 51 95 350 2 12 17
6 School Bus Driver 51 49 367 6 0 21
7 Skin Care Specialist 50 135 233 2 12 17
8 Psychiatric Technician 4 70 210 1 12 0
9 Manicurist 50 140 82 2 12 0
10 Emergency Medical Technician 51 50 35 2 12 18
11 Mobile Home Installer 39 495 0 1 0 18
12 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 39 0 5 0 18
13 Truck Driver 51 29 0 4 0 18
14 Teacher Assistant 29 45 0 1 12 0
15 Animal Breeder 26 405 0 0 0 0
16 Animal Control Officer 17 0 2 1 0 16
17 Bartender 13 0 0 0 0 21
18 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 85 0 2 0 0
19 Pest Control Applicator 51 75 0 2 0 0
20 Tank Tester 14 100 9 1 0 0
21 Earth Driller 47 110 0 1 0 0
22 Gaming Cage Worker 22 60 0 0 0 0
22 Gaming Supervisor 23 60 0 0 0 0
22 Slot Key Person 21 60 0 0 0 0
22 Gaming Dealer 24 60 0 0 0 0
26 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 0 0 0 0 0
26 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 0 0 0 0 0
26 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 0 0 0 0 0
26 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 0 0 0 0 0
26 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 0 0 0 0 0
26 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 0 0 0 0 0
26 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 0 0 0 0 0
26 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 0 0 0 0 0
26 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 0 0 0 0 0

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