Career Pathways

VOCAL

Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing (VOCAL) is the program within DORA's Division of Professions and Occupations charged with implementing House Bill 16-1197, which requires state agencies to streamline occupational credentials based on military training.

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Fee Waivers

You may be eligible for a waiver of renewal fees or continuing education or professional competency requirements for your professional license. Active duty personnel serving in an officially designated war, emergency or contingency for at least 120 days may be eligible for this exemption.  

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Apply Education & Training

House Bill 11-1100 allows education and training received in the military to go towards necessary qualifications to receive licensure or certification. Members of the armed forces or reserves of the United States, National Guard, military reserves or the naval militia of any state are covered.

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Relocated Spouse Licensure

For most professions regulated by the Division of Professions and Occupations, a military spouse who has been relocated to Colorado by military orders, and has an active license in good standing from another state, can practice for up to one year from the date they move before obtaining a Colorado license. 

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License Reinstatement

The Division of Professions and Occupations has implemented Colorado legislation to establish reinstatement for an active duty military member's or veteran's expired license, if certain requirement are met.  This program ensures a swift and clear pathway for military professionals to re-establish a license. 

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DORA's Licensing Boards

If a specialized transition process is not yet available, please visit the individual licensing Board to obtain more information on licensure requirements. To find the appropriate licensure board for your profession, visit our "What We Regulate" page on dora.colorado.gov to conduct your search. Or simply Contact Us if you have questions.

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