The Division launched into an exceptional program which has been met with great enthusiasm from area High School administrators. The Division visits a School and sets up a table which displays pamphlets for each Board depicting the basic requirements for licensure.
In Fiscal Year 2008, the Student Career Outreach Program visited 43 high schools, 1 Elementary School, a Community College, the Life skills program for at risk youths of Metro-West, the Commonwealth of Mass. Career Expo at UMass Boston, the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Apprentice of Hope in Roxbury. We have distributed over 12,000 take-away cards, and have spoken to over a thousand students and parents about the Licensure process.
CHECK A LICENSE
Licensing of professions serves both to protect and benefit consumers. Professional licensure ensures that a license holder has met certain minimum requirements, usually education, experience, and examination, for competent practice of that profession. Licensure holds that professional to certain standards of practice and levels of experience and ethics. To maintain a license, practitioners must continue to adhere to ethical guidelines, standards of practice, educational requirements, and regulations pertaining to their professions. Consumers can check the status of a practitioner's license and whether or not any disciplinary action has been issued against that licensee by visiting the Division's website and selecting the "Check a License" option. In Fiscal Year 2008, the Division's web site received over 14 million requests for a license search.
The Division issued over 50 press releases highlighting disciplinary actions by the Boards. Copies of the press releases can be found on the website. In addition to disciplinary press releases, the Division also issued press releases when the Boards adopted new rules and regulations or issued advisories to keep the public and licensees aware of important issues and changes.