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. VOCAL involves a systematic review of each profession under the Division’s purview to identify whether there are opportunities to streamline the licensing/credentialing of veterans, and then the adoption of policies or rules where such opportunities are identified.

As the remaining professions under the Division’s purview are analyzed, this website will be updated.

Read the full text of Colorado House Bill 16-1197.