Some professions (e.g. speech pathologists, lawyers, accountants, psychologists, etc.) require that you obtain licensure or certification beyond your degree in order to hold a position in that field. Professional Licensure regulations and requirements vary from field to field, and from state to state. Each state and U.S. territory has an authority, be it public or private, that is responsible for overseeing the licensure requirements of the various professions in that state.  

For students considering enrolling in a program that leads to professional licensure, the University of Colorado Boulder strongly recommends you to contact the appropriate department or program to determine the educational requirements and whether or not the education provided at the University of Colorado Boulder will allow you to sit for the applicable licensing exam.  Below, you can review the list of professional licensure programs offered and the states/territories where, upon completion of your degree,  you would be eligible for the licensure exam.

Additionally, you should also contact the applicable licensing board to determine any other requirements you may need to fulfill in order to obtain licensure in a particular state.  Some licensing boards may require you to take additional post-graduation examinations, acquire additional experience, pay application and/or licensing fees, undergo criminal background checks, submit fingerprints, or provide other information prior to obtaining licensure.  

If questions remain after reviewing the information provided by the respective state agency, contact the program and the faculty & staff will do our best to connect you with the information you need.  While we can provide initial guidance -  including whether or not the education you receive at the University of Colorado Boulder will prepare you for the applicable licensing exam -  it is ultimately your responsibility to check with the state licensing board where you intend to seek licensure and practice to confirm all licensing requirements; make sure  you understand and consider the implications of the additional requirements prior to enrolling in a program intended to lead to professional licensure.

Relocating will also likely impact your eligibility for licensure and requirements for reciprocity. We encourage you to inquire with the appropriate licensing board in your state (or the state where you intend to practice or work) in order to ask any questions regarding licensure and to confirm that you understand the requirements for licensure or reciprocity. 

If you have any questions, please contact the program or your academic advisor at the University. Should you need further assistance or are unsure where to direct your questions, you can also contact the Assistant Director for Compliance and Authorization, Erika Swain at stateauth@colorado.edu.

The Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology by ASHA is required by Colorado as well as by most states to acquire a state license to practice the profession of audiology or for employment as a certified/licensed audiologist. The University of Colorado Boulder highly recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing board in the state or locality in which you wish to practice or be employed to determine state’s licensing requirements beyond education that the University is unable to provide.  

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate

This certificate program provides the opportunity to meet the requirements for SLPA authorization in the state of Colorado only.  The University of Colorado Boulder has determined that the education provided in the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate program does not meet educational requirements for licensure in the following states:

New York: n.b. To provide services as a SPLA in a public school in New York State, "Teacher Certification" is the appropriate credential: New York State Office of Teaching Initiatives

The University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate program meets the educational licensure requirements for licensure or certification in the following U.S. Territories:

Northern Mariana Islands: n/a
U.S. Virgin Islands: The U.S. Virgin Islands does not have a Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Practitioners must obtain a business license from the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology

Currently, successful completion of the M.A.-SLP will allow a student to sit for the national PRAXIS examination and thus meets educational requirements for Speech-Language Pathology licensure in the following states & territories:
The University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the M.A.-SLP meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following U.S. Territories:
Northern Mariana Islands: n/a
U.S. Virgin Islands: The U.S. Virgin Islands does not have a Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Practitioners must obtain a business license from the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Successful completion of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) or the Au.D/Ph.D dual degree program  at the University of Colorado Boulder meets the requirements for certification in audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Currently, the Au.D. and the Au.D./Ph.D. dual degree meet the educational requirements for licensure as an Audiologist in the following states & territories:

The University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the Au.D. or the Au.D./Ph.D dual degree programs meets the educational licensure requirements for licensure or certification in the following U.S. Territories:

Northern Mariana Islands: n/a

U.S. Virgin Islands: The U.S. Virgin Islands does not have a Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Practitioners must obtain a business license from the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs

In order to obtain a license to practice law, you must become admitted to the bar in the jurisdiction in which you plan to work.  Each state's highest court sets the requirements for admission to practice law. The format of the bar exam will vary by jurisdiction, but may include one or more of the following: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), or the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).  Colorado Law maintains general information regarding the bar examination, the bar admission process, and reciprocity on its website.  The application process for the bar exam typically requires submitting significant background information so your character and fitness to practice law can be assessed, earning a sufficient score on the bar exam, as well as other other requirements. The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides a Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, which contains a synopsis of each state’s bar admission requirements - including those beyond the educational requirements - and relevant dates.  

Currently, successful completion of the JD or the LLM at the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Law meets the educational requirements to sit for the bar exam in every state. Additional requirements beyond your education and application deadlines vary from state to state.  You are encouraged to check the information for the state(s) you are interested in becoming licensed in as soon as possible.  

State Office's of Attorney Admissions:

Montana: State Bar of Montana    

The PhD in Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder offers doctoral education and training with an optional concentration in clinical psychology, the main goal of which is to train clinical scientists who will produce and apply scientific knowledge in understanding, assessing, preventing, and treating emotional and behavioral problems.

  

Students completing the PhD in Psychology (Clinical track) at the University of Colorado Boulder meet the educational requirements for licensure in the following states and territories: 

 

 

The University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical track) meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states/territories: 

 

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Board of Psychologist Examiners (there is no website at this time)

P. O. Box 10200

Santurce, Puerto Rico 00908-0200

Phone: (787) 723-2885

BS in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis; Master of Science in Accounting; Master of Science in Taxation

 

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure requirements are set state by state, but all states require a minimum total 150 credit hours.  The Bachelor's degree in Business with the Accounting Area of Emphasis (120 credit hours) will not, by itself, meet the CPA education requirements of any state.  

Because the educational requirements for each state to sit for the CPA exam differ greatly, can be extremely complex and detailed, and can change frequently, it is imperative that students investigate the requirements of the state(s) from which they wish to seek a CPA license.  Each state has a board of accountancy that can provide this information.

Although the Master’s in Accounting and the Master’s in Taxation do not specifically lead to licensure as a CPA, it is possible that the degree and the specific courses taken might count toward licensing requirements in some states.  If you are planning to seek professional licensure as a CPA, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity (in most cases the state board of accountancy) in the state in which you plan to practice in order to seek information and guidance regarding licensure requirements and work with your advisor to make sure you’re able to take the required courses.  CPA licensing requirements, including the educational component of those requirements, are state specific and differ greatly from one state to another. Each state’s board of accountancy can be found by visiting the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy at: NASBA.org

 

The University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the M.S. in Accounting or the M.S. in Taxation programs meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states/territories:

 

Northern Mariana Islands: (there is no website at this time)
CNMI Board
PO Box 504053
Saipan, CNMI 96950
Phone: 671-727-3362
Fax: 671-632-1209

 

B.S. in Business Administration, Real Estate Emphasis; M.S. in Real Estate; MBA, Real Estate Pathway

 

Currently, the University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the B.S. in Business Administration, Real Estate, the M.S. in Real Estate, and the MBA, Real Estate Pathway meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states/territories: 

 

Northern Mariana Islands:  CNMI Real Estate Commission (no contact information available)

While students enrolled in, and planning on graduating from, one of the College of Engineering's  ABET-accredited majors are invited to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, a multiple-choice, knowledge-based exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), several of the College’s baccalaureate academic programs (Architectural, Chemical, Chemical & Biological, and Mechanical) encourage students to take the exam.  Students enrolled in the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs take the FE exam as part of their degree requirements. 

The FE Exam covers subject matter taught in a typical baccalaureate engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students may choose from computer-based exams in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and other disciplines. Professional licensing in every U.S. state and territory requires, as the first step, that a student successfully pass the FE exam.

After passing the FE exam, in order to receive licensure in the field students must obtain at least four years of experience deemed acceptable to their licensing board and successfully pass a Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. The PE exams go beyond testing academic knowledge and require knowledge gained in engineering practice.  If you are planning to seek professional licensure or certification in an engineering-related field, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state in which you are located or plan to locate to in order to seek information and guidance regarding additional licensure or certification requirements. 

State Engineer and Surveyor Boards:

The teacher education programs at the University of Colorado Boulder do not prepare candidates for teacher licensure exams in states other than Colorado.  If you are planning to seek professional licensure or certification in a state other than Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state in which you are, or plan to be, located in order to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements and how the Colorado license may transfer in advance of program completion. If you will have to take an additional course or take a different licensure exam in order to transfer your license, then your contact the correct state agency will allow you to plan for that and avoid surprises.

State Education Boards:

Northern Mariana Islands:  Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System Bwughos St., Susupe (there is no website at this time)
PO BOX 501370
Saipan, MP 96950
Phone: (670) 237-3027
Fax: (670) 664-3711

The State of Colorado does not require individuals working in Geology or the Geological Sciences to obtain Professional Geology Licensure, however many states require professional geologists to pass the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and/or Practice of Geology (PG) examinations.  Information regarding ASBOG examination specifications can be found at www.ASBOG.org.

If you are planning to seek professional licensure or certification for employment in a state other than Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing entity in the state in which you are, or plan to be, located in order to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements and how the education you receive at the University of Colorado Boulder may assist you in your efforts to gain licensure in that state.

The University of Colorado Boulder is unable to determine if the education provided in the Bachelor or Master’s degrees in the Geological Sciences meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states/territories: 

Alaska: Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing (nb.  Geologist certification in Alaska is based solely upon the registration requirements of the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Certifications have no expiration date and require no renewal fees. Geologists who practice independently, on a contract basis, must obtain an Alaska Business License.)
Connecticut: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (nb.  License is only required for environmental professionals, including geologists, who are engaged in the investigation and remediation of certain parcels on which hazardous waste and/or petroleum contamination exists)
District of Columbia: n/a
Guam: n/a
Hawaii:  Board of Professional Engineers, Architects, Surveyors and Landscape Architects (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Hawaii)
Iowa: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (nb.  Regulatory certification required only for certain groundwater professionals who provide services at leaking underground storage tank/sites)
Maryland: Maryland Geological Survey (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Maryland)
Massachusetts:  Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals (nb. Licensure is only required for Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals)
Michigan: Michigan Geological Survey  (nb.  Michigan does not require licensure or registration of geologists, however sections of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, set standards for persons preparing or reviewing certain geologic reports or data in specific instances. The ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology [FG] Examination is administered at Central Michigan University in accordance with the procedures and schedules determined by the National Association of State Boards of Geology. Information on taking the FG Examination at CMU can be found here.) 
Montana:  Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Montana)
Nevada: Bureau of Mines and Geology (nb. While there is currently no requirement for registration as professional geologist in Nevada, the Statues of Nevada [Ch. 591, AB 531] defines  "professional geologist as someone who: 
1. Possesses a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in the science of geology and has at least 5 years of experience in the science of geology, which may include no more than 2 years of postgraduate course work in the science of geology;
2. Has at least 12 years of experience in the science of geology, at least 3 years of which must have been completed under the supervision of a professional geologist; or
3. Is currently licensed or certified as a professional geologist:
      (a) In another state; or
      (b) By a national nonprofit geological organization with members in at least 10 states who are licensed or certified, if the requirements for his current licensure or certification included requirements at least equal to those set forth in either subsection 1 or 2.)
New Jersey:  New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, Department of Environmental Protection (nb. Licensing is required only for those working with contaminated sites)
New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in New Mexico)
North Dakota:  Department of Mineral Resources (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in North Dakota)
Northern Mariana Islands: n/a
Ohio:  Ohio Department of Natural Resources (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Ohio)
Oklahoma: Oklahoma Geological Survey (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Oklahoma)
Rhode Island:  Rhode Island Geological Survey (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Rhode Island)
South Dakota:  South Dakota Geological Survey Program (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in South Dakota)
Vermont: Vermont Geological Survey (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in Vermont)
U.S. Virgin Islands: Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (nb. There is no current state licensing requirement to practice geology in the U.S. Virgin Islands)
West Virginia:  West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (nb.  There is currently no requirement for registration as a professional geologist in West Virginia. Individuals who act as site remediation professionals, that is those who are qualified to supervise the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, may be licensed under the Licensed Remediation Specialist Program.)