.Harrisburg, PA – Almost 60 percent of respondents to a foreign ministry Interviewing veterans and military spouses With professional permits reported, they could find employment in Pennsylvania within three months of transitioning into civilian life, but spent between $ 200 and $ 500 on initial license costs in the Commonwealth.

“This annual survey gives us valuable information on how Pennsylvania compares with other states and how we can reduce the barriers for veterans and military spouses as they move here and apply for professional permits,” said Acting Secretary of State Veronica W Degraffen corn. “We’re grateful to everyone who shared their experiences with us as we work to improve the licensing process.”

More than 200 veterans and military spouses responded to the online survey between Veterans Day 2019 and Veterans Day 2020. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed were veterans and nearly 23 percent were military spouses. Nursing, real estate, and social work were the top three license types among respondents.

The survey questions focused on license portability, license barriers, and the overall license application process.

The licensing requirements – which typically include a combination of education, exams, and work experience – are set by Pennsylvania lawmakers and enforced by the State Department to protect public health and safety.

The results of the survey included:

  • Translating military credentials and work experience to meet government professional license requirements is a significant barrier for veterans.
  • Respondents said the “acceptance of military education, training and experience” and royalty exemption would be most beneficial for veterans and military spouses applying for a professional license.
  • Of the 28 respondents who held professional licenses in both Pennsylvania and another state, 48 percent said the Commonwealth’s licensing process was similar to that of other states, 23 percent said it was easier and 29 percent more difficult.

These results led to the following policy recommendations:

  • Support the recognition of military training and experience to meet licensing requirements.
  • Establish processes to expedite the review of license applications for veterans and

military spouse.

  • Institute waives initial license fees for military spouses.
  • Increase representation of veterans and military spouses in state licensing agencies.
  • Enable veterans to get licensed through testing.
  • Work with government education, engineering and the Department of Defense to develop bridging programs to fill training gaps for veterans returning to the civilian workforce.

The State Department is developing a military zebra crossing that will provide a framework for converting military duties, skills, training, and certification to meet Pennsylvania professional license requirements. The 29 licensing authorities and commissions of the department’s office for professional and professional affairs will use the zebra crossing as an instrument to create a consistent transition from military to civilian professional life.

“We owe it to our veterans and military families to help them move to Pennsylvania and continue their careers,” said Secretary Degraffenreid. “Removing licensing barriers will create more employment opportunities for them while increasing the number of skilled workers practicing in Pennsylvania.”

The survey and the military professional crosswalk are part of a $ 422,000, three-year scholarship Governor Wolf was secured by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2018 to reduce excessive professional license requirements and to investigate alternative approaches such as certifying professionals to ensure public health and safety.

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