Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing
On May 20, 2016 Governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado House Bill 16-1197 into law. The bill is titled “Concerning a requirement that state agencies implement a program to streamline the granting of occupational credentials to veterans based on military training.”
Implementation of the bill is underway within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), Division of Professions and Occupations and is known as "Veterans Occupational Credentialing and Licensing" or VOCAL.
The following professions are complete with the VOCAL streamlining program thus far:
- Professional Engineer
- Physical Therapy
- Professional Land Surveyors
- Landscape Architect
- Surgical Assistant
- Surgical Technologist
- Addiction Counselor
- Marriage & Family Therapy
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Social Worker
Veterans in these professions seeking a license, certification, or registration should expect a personalized evaluation of their application and professional advice regarding the most direct path to Colorado professional credentials.
New professions are added each quarter-year.