TO ALLOW LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND MILITARY SPOUSES.
Enacts new GS 93B-15.1 as the title indicates. Directs an occupational licensing board, as defined in GS 93B-1, to issue a license, certification, or registration to an applicant who is military-trained or a military spouse to allow the military-trained applicant or the military spouse applicant to lawfully practice the applicant’s occupation on this state.
Requires that upon application to the occupational licensing board, the military-trained applicant must meet certain specified requirements that include having been awarded a military occupational specialty in which the applicant has performed at a level that is substantially equivalent to or exceeds the requirements of the occupational licensing board, having completed a military program of training, and having engaged in the practice of the occupation for which the person is seeking a license, certification, or permit for at least two of the five years preceding the date of the application.
Requires that upon the application to the occupational licensing board, the military spouse must meet certain specified requirements that include holding a current license, certification, or registration from another jurisdiction with requirements substantially equivalent to or in excess of the requirements of this state’s occupational licensing board and having either continuing education credit or recent experience for at least two of the five years preceding the date of the application under this section.
Provides for credit for all relevant experience for a military service member or a military spouse and provides for the same rights and obligations for a nonresident licensed, certified, or registered under this section as required of a resident licensed, certified, or registered by an occupational licensing board in this state. Includes provisions for the issuance of a temporary practice permit.
States that nothing in this section is to be construed as applying to the practice of law as regulated under GS Chapter 84 or to prohibit a military trained applicant or a military spouse applicant from proceeding under the existing licensure, certification, or registration requirements established by an occupational licensing board in this state.
Directs each occupational licensing board to implement the requirements of proposed GS 93B-15.1 within one year from the effective date of this act (when the act becomes law).
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