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The Division of Professional Licensure oversees 39 boards of registration licenses individuals and businesses in some 167 trades and professions.
We check the backgrounds of those seeking licensure in various health professions. These include occupational therapists and assistants, athletic trainers, and physical therapists and assistants.
Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions encompass the fields of Behavioral Analysis, Educational Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling.
The Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions licenses candidates who meet the requirements developed for these professions. They administer and enforce regulations related to the education guidelines for licensing and contract with test vendors to provide the licensing examinations. The Board also protects consumers by disciplining those who violate licensing regulations.
The Board of Registration of Architects protects the public through regulation of the practice and the title of Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the statutes. The Board establishes the conditions and qualifications required for architectural registration and determines eligibility for admission to examinations. It investigates complaints of possible violations of the laws applying to the practice of architecture and takes appropriate disciplinary action against registrants found to have violated its regulations.
Certified Health Officers (CHOs) are generally the administrative officers of a health department or board of health. Several are presently serving as administrators to the State Department of Public Health or State Department of Environmental Protection. The Health Officer evaluates the community's health issues and develops programs to address the community's needs and the prevention and control of health and/or environmental problems.
The Board of Registration of Chiropractors regulates the practice of chiropractic in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering regulates cosmetology, barbering, and electrology in Massachusetts. The Board issues licenses to qualified individuals, businesses, and schools to ensure public health and safety by maintaining high standards for these industries.
Dietetics/nutrition is the study of the relationship between foods and human health. The focus is on nutrients in food, their actions/interactions and the balance of health, disease, socioeconomic, cultural, and psychological factors. The board oversees the standards and licensing dietitians and nutritionists in Massachusetts.
Dispensing Opticians fit and dispense prescription ophthalmic eyewear including eyeglasses and contact lenses. Members of this profession measure and duplicate existing ophthalmic prescriptions and fabricate eyeglasses.
The Board of Registration of Dispensing Opticians protects the public through regulation of the practice by testing candidates and licensing those who are qualified, insuring compliance with state statutes and the Board's rules and regulations, and conducting hearings and facilitating resolutions to consumer complaints.
The primary mission of the Board is to protect the citizens of Massachusetts by establishing standards for persons performing electrical installations. We examine and license candidates and enforce the regulations and general laws relative to electrical installations in Massachusetts.
The Board of Registration of Embalming and Funeral Directing oversees the registration of these professionals and their apprentices and assistants. The Board also inspects the facilities of registered embalmers and funeral directors.
The Board of Registration of Hearing Instrument Specialists protects the public through regulation of the practice and the title of Hearing Instrument Specialist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the statutes.
The Board of Registration of Home Inspectors is charged with evaluating the qualifications of applicants for licensure and granting licenses to those who qualify. It establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensees. The Board promotes public health and welfare through regulation of the professional in accordance with the state statutes and board regulations.
The Board of Registration of Landscape Architects protects the public through the regulation of the title of “Landscape Architect” in Massachusetts. The Board grants licenses to qualified individuals and also establishes regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensees engaged in the practice of landscape architecture.
Massage Therapists instructs or administers massage or massage therapy for compensation.
The Board reviews legislation and proposes new rules and regulations affecting the profession. It maintains high standards within the field and protects consumers by investigating and resolving complaints against practitioners. It also works to maintain the educational standards of the profession by directing curricula, licensing schools, and establishing continuing education requirements.
The Board of Registration of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities regulates and licenses all operators of facilities that provide drinking water.
The Board of Registration of Optometrists licenses optometrists. It establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensed optometrists.
The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters regulates the practice of plumbing occupations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Board of Registration in Podiatry licenses qualified applicants and establishes rules and regulations to ensure the competence of licensed podiatrists.
We establish and enforce the standards for engineers and land surveyors. Our job is to ensure the quality of our licensees. Our priority is the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The Board of Public Accountancy ensures accountants follow Massachusetts requirements, rules, and regulations. Our goal is to provide guidance to our licensees and protection to consumers.
The Board of Registration of Psychologists licenses qualified individuals to practice psychology.
The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers licenses qualified professional appraisers in compliance with the mandates of Title XI, the Federal Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989. The Board insures the integrity of its licensees through fair and consistent enforcement of the statutes and regulations.
The Real Estate Board licenses candidates who meet the regulatory requirements for real estate brokers and salespersons. The Board regulates real estate schools and agent curriculum and contracts with a testing vendor to provide licensing exams. The Board also protects consumers by investigating and disciplining agents who violate licensing laws and regulations.
Sanitarians administer environmental and health programs for both public and private agencies and organizations in food protection and safety, water protection, air quality, noise, industrial and land pollution, sewage disposal, hazardous and toxic substances, solid waste management and institutional health.
Our job is to protect the public by regulating sheet metal work in Massachusetts. We pick qualified candidates, hold exams, and uphold the laws of our trade.
The Board of Registration of Social Workers licenses and oversees this profession, ensuring all social workers are properly and legally licensed.
We license people who would like to work in speech therapy. Our job is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The Division of Professional Licensure's (DPL) Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine licenses qualified individuals to practice veterinary medicine in Massachusetts. Veterinarians generally diagnose, treat and prescribe for disease, pain or injury in animals.
The Office of Public Safety and Inspections (OPSI) sets and oversees infrastructure safety standards across Massachusetts.
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