Appendix: DPL Boards and Commissions

An overview of DPL's boards and commissions.

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The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. DPL provides oversight for 28 boards of regulation and the Office of Private Occupational School Education. These boards, listed below, are referred to in this report as DPL’s 29 traditional boards.

  • Board of Allied Health Professionals
  • Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professions
  • Board of Registration of Architects
  • Board of Certification of Health Officers
  • Board of Registration of Chiropractors
  • Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering
  • Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Board of Registration of Dispensing Opticians
  • Board of State Examiners of Electricians
  • Board of Registration in Embalming and Funeral Directing
  • Board of Registration of Hearing Instrument Specialists
  • Board of Registration of Home Inspectors
  • Board of Registration of Landscape Architects
  • Board of Registration of Massage Therapy
  • Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities
  • Board of Registration in Optometry
  • Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • Board of Registration in Podiatry
  • Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
  • Board of Public Accountancy
  • Board of Registration of Psychologists
  • Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers
  • Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons
  • Board of Registration of Sanitarians
  • Board of Examiners of Sheet Metal Workers
  • Board of Registration of Social Workers
  • Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine
  • Office of Private Occupational School Education

DPL is also responsible for the oversight of the Office of Public Safety and Inspections (OPSI), which sets infrastructure safety standards across Massachusetts. OPSI oversees six boards and administers 85 license types, some of which do not have a board. Below is a list of OPSI’s license types, listed under their associated boards (or “No Board” if applicable).

Amusement Advisory Boards

  • Amusement Certified Maintenance Mechanic
  • Amusement Device Inspector for Insurance
  • Challenge Course / Climbing Wall Inspector
  • Bungee Jumping Device Operator
  • Large Inflatable Device Operator
  • Small Inflatable Device Operator
  • Amusement Device Operator

Board of Building Regulation and Standards

  • Construction Supervisor (Unrestricted)
  • Construction Supervisor (One- and Two-Family)
  • Construction Supervisor (Specialty)
  • Building Official
  • Continuing Education Course Coordinator
  • Manufactured Buildings Program—Manufacturer
  • Manufactured Buildings Program—Third-Party Inspection Agency

Board of Elevator Regulations

  • Elevator Contractor
  • Elevator Mechanic
  • Elevator Operator

Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters

  • Pipefitter Apprentice
  • Pipefitter Journeyman
  • Pipefitter Master
  • Refrigeration Apprentice
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Refrigeration Contractor
  • Sprinkler Apprentice
  • Sprinkler Journeyman
  • Sprinkler Contractor

Recreational Tramway Board

  • Recreational Tramway
  • Chairlift Lift
  • Skimobile Lift
  • Multicar Aerial Passenger Tramway
  • Two-Car Aerial Passenger Tramway
  • Rope Tow
  • Surface Lift
  • Wire Rope Tow
  • Fiber Tow
  • Tubbing Tow
  • Carpet

Massachusetts State Athletic Commission

  • Amateur Boxing Ringside Physician
  • Amateur Boxing Timekeeper
  • Boxing Judge
  • Boxing Manager
  • Boxing Matchmaker
  • Boxing Professional
  • Boxing Promoter
  • Boxing Referee
  • Boxing Second
  • Boxing Timekeeper
  • Boxing Trainer
  • Federal Identification Card
  • Kickboxing Amateur
  • Kickboxing Judge
  • Kickboxing Manager
  • Kickboxing Matchmaker
  • Kickboxing Professional
  • Kickboxing Promoter
  • Kickboxing Referee
  • Kickboxing Second
  • Kickboxer Timekeeper
  • Kickboxer Trainer
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Amateur
  • MMA Judge
  • MMA Manager
  • MMA Matchmaker
  • MMA Physician
  • MMA Professional
  • MMA Promoter
  • MMA Referee
  • MMA Second
  • MMA Timekeeper
  • MMA Trainer
  • Ringside Physician
  • Ringside Scorer

No Board

  • Motion Picture Operator
  • Hoisting Engineer
  • Security (Certificate of Clearance)
  • Security (License)
  • Theatrical Booking Agency
  • Ticket Reseller
  • Assumed Name Registration
  • Public Warehouseman
  • Sunday
  • Raffles and Bazaars
  • Carriage Horse Company
  • Carriage Horse Driver Certificate of Competency
  • Concrete Testing Laboratory
Date published: September 15, 2021

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