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Occupations Licensed or Certified by New York State

List of Licensed Occupations
Occupation Licensing Authority
Acupunturist NYS Education Department
AEM Certified Planner NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Aquatic Antifouling Paint Applicator NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Architect NYS Education Department
Armored Car Guard NYS Department of State
Asbestos Handler NYS Department of Labor
Athlete Agent NYS Department of State
Athletic Trainer NYS Education Department
Audiologist NYS Education Department
Barber NYS Department of State
Blaster NYS Department of Labor
Boiler Inspector NYS Department of Labor
Bus Driver NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Certified Behavior Analyst Assistants NYS Education Department
Certified Examiner - Bus Driver NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Certified First Responder/Emergency Medical Technician/Advance Emergency Medical Technician NYS Department of Health
Certified Milk Inspector NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Certified Motor Vehicle Inspector NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Certified Nurse Aide NYS Department of Health
Certified Public Accountant NYS Education Department
Certified Shorthand Reporter NYS Education Department
Certified Ultrasonic Technician NYS Department of Transportation
Chiropractor NYS Education Department
Clinical Lab Technician NYS Education Department
Commercial Pesticide Applicator/Technician NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Cosmetologist, Natural Hairstylist, Esthetician, Nail Specialist, Waxing NYS Department of State
Crane Operator NYS Department of Labor
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Prevention Professional/Specialist Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
Dental Assistant NYS Education Department
Dental Hygienist NYS Education Department
Dentist NYS Education Department
Dietitian-Nutritionist NYS Education Department
Driving School Instructor NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Vehicle Escort Driver NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Racetrack Exercise Rider NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Farrier NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Funeral Director NYS Department of Health
Groom NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Hazardous Materials Transporter NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Hearing Aid Dispenser NYS Department of State
Home Inspector NYS Department of State
Horse Driver, Matinee Driver, Qualifier Driver, Provisional Driver Racing and Wagering Board
Horse Trainer, Assistant Trainer, Private Trainer Racing and Wagering Board
Insurance Adjuster, Independent NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Adjuster, Public NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Agent, Accident, Health, Life, Variable Life and Variable Annuities NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Agent, Limited Motor Vehicle Rentals NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Agent, Mortgage Guaranty NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Agent, Property & Casualty NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Agent, Service Contract Registrant NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Broker, Accident, Health, Life, Variable Life and Variable Annuities NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Broker, Life Settlement NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Broker, Property & Casualty NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Consultant, General NYS Department of Financial Services
Insurance Consultant, Life NYS Department of Financial Services
Interior Designer NYS Education Department
Jockey Agent NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Jockey (Apprentice, Amateur, Jockey) NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Land Surveyor NYS Education Department
Landscape Architect NYS Education Department
Lawyer Unified Court System
Licensed Behavior Analyst NYS Education Department
Licensed Clinical Social Worker NYS Education Department
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist NYS Education Department
Licensed Master Social Worker NYS Education Department
Licensed Mental Health Counselor NYS Education Department
Licensed Motor Vehicle Body Damage Estimator NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Licensed Outdoor Guide NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Licensed Practical Nurse NYS Education Department
Licensed Psychoanalyst NYS Education Department
Licensed Radiological Technologist: Radiographer; Radiation Therapist; Nuclear Medicine Technologist NYS Department of Health
Long Term Care Ombudsman Office for the Aging
Marriage and Family Therapist NYS Education Department
Massage Therapist NYS Education Department
Medical Physicist in Diagnostic Radiological Physics NYS Education Department
Medical Physicist in Medical Health Physics NYS Education Department
Medical Physicist in Medical Nuclear Physics NYS Education Department
Medical Physicist in Therapeutic Radiological Physics or Radiation Oncology Physics NYS Education Department
Midwife NYS Education Department
Milk Gathering Plant Manager NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Milk Laboratory Technician NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Milk Receiver NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Milk Tester NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Mutuel Clerk NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Nurse Practitioner NYS Education Department
Nursing Home Administrator NYS Department of Health
Occupational Therapist NYS Education Department
Occupational Therapist Assistant NYS Education Department
Ophthalmic Dispenser NYS Education Department
Optometrist NYS Education Department
Perfusionist NYS Education Department
Pharmacist NYS Education Department
Physical Therapist NYS Education Department
Physical Therapist Assistant NYS Education Department
Physician NYS Education Department
Physician Assistant NYS Education Department
Podiatrist NYS Education Department
Police Instructor NYS Department of Criminal Justice
Polysomnographic Technologist NYS Education Department
Private Investigator NYS Department of State
Professional Engineer NYS Education Department
Psychologist NYS Education Department
Public Librarian NYS Education Department
Public School Administrator NYS Education Department
Public School Teacher NYS Education Department
Race Official NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Real Estate Appraiser NYS Department of State
Real Estate Broker NYS Department of State
Real Estate Salesperson NYS Department of State
Registered Professional Nurse NYS Education Department
Reinsurance Intermediary NYS Department of Financial Services
Respiratory Therapist NYS Education Department
Respiratory Therapy Technician NYS Education Department
Security Guard NYS Department of State
Security Guard Firearms Instructor Division of Criminal Justice Services
Security Guard Instructor Division of Criminal Justice Services
Security/Fire Alarm Installer NYS Department of State
Security/Peace Officer NYS Racing and Wagering Board
Specialist Assistant in Orthopedics NYS Education Department
Speech - Language Pathologist, Audiologist NYS Education Department
Truck Driver, Heavy or Tractor Trailer NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Veterinarian NYS Education Department
Veterinary Technician NYS Education Department
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Water Treatment Plant Operator NYS Department of Health
Water Well Contractor NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Weighmaster NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Welder NYS Department of Transportation
Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Consultant NYS Department of Labor

Disclaimer
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most current information.

Although we attempted to include the most current information concerning every occupation licensed, certified, or registered by New York State government, some occupations may have been overlooked.

Cities, towns, villages and counties also license occupations that New York State government does not license. Also, certain occupations are licensed by federal regulatory agencies. These include airplane pilot/flight instructor, licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); maritime occupations, licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard; radio/TV broadcast operators, licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); and securities sales representatives, licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Why does the government regulate occupations?

The legislators of federal, state and local governments decide which occupations to license and what the appropriate level of regulation should be to protect the public's health, safety and welfare. Licensing, certification, and registration are three methods designed to assure the public that credentialed people are qualified and/or competent to perform certain occupations.

What is the difference between licensing, certification, and registration?

The terms license and certification are frequently interchangeable. Also, the term certification is occasionally used to describe a simple registration. Nevertheless, these terms are typically defined as follows.

License

Licensing is the most restrictive method of regulation. It requires any person wishing to earn a living in a licensed occupation to obtain permission (license) from a specific government agency, designated by law to issue this license. To receive a license, the applicant usually completes the following requirements:

  • Graduate from an approved training program and/or complete a certain amount of work-related experience.
  • Pass a qualifying written, verbal, and/or practical examination.
  • Qualify on certain personal prerequisites, such as age, citizenship, or bonding.
  • Meet comparable standards set by some other state (reciprocation).
  • Pay a prescribed initial and renewal license fee.

Certification

This regulatory method governs the use of certain occupational titles. In some instances, regulations do not legally restrict anyone from engaging in the occupation, but those who do not meet the requirements specified may not use the certified title. In other instances, the certification is required to do certain types of work. To obtain certification, the applicant must meet certain training, experience, and/or examination requirements that are similar to those required for a license, and apply to the appropriate public agency or private association or certification board for permission to use a given occupational title. A fee may be required.

Registration

Registration is the least restrictive method of regulation. Those wishing to engage in registered occupations must submit an application to be placed on an official roster maintained by the appropriate organization or agency. The requirements for registration are usually minimal. Individuals may be asked to produce documentation for qualification, character reference, and bonding. Registration can merely be an administrative or professional list of people who are already certified.

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