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Occupational licensing

Updated January 2020

The issue

States have professional licensing regulations in place to provide for public protection and signify a license holder has demonstrated the minimum competency standards required to hold a license. Anti-licensing initiatives around the country continue to challenge the need and value of licensing.

A diverse coalition of interested parties support the legislation. One side is looking to reduce the barriers to entry and make it easier for job seekers to find employment. On the other side are groups opposed to government regulation and seeking a reduction or elimination of regulations.

The CPA profession is not specifically targeted by the proposals, but the profession is not excluded and continues to be part of the licensure conversation.

Legislation has been introduced but no legislative hearings have been held. 

Why you should care

As proposed, the occupational licensing regulations could affect CPA licensure and mobility. Making it difficult — if not impossible — for Minnesota CPAs to work in other states without first obtaining a license in each state.

What you can do

Contact your legislators and ask them to oppose occupational licensing legislation that would threaten substantial equivalency and CPA mobility.

Influencing positive change

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  • Carry a unified message on CPA issues to legislators.
  • Raise CPAs' visibility at the Capitol.
  • Continue the proven track record of success.

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