State boards waste little time approving professional licenses under new Arizona law

Posted at 10:27 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 13:28:32-04

PHOENIX — When the state’s new universal licensing recognition law took effect last week, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners was ready.

The board had “over 40 applications pending prior to the application date, waiting to be granted on the first day,” said Emily Rajakovich, the director of boards and communications in Gov. Doug Ducey’s office. Those new licenses took effect Sept. 1.

It was the most extreme example – Rajakovich called it one of the state’s success stories – of the new law that requires most professional licensing boards and commissions in the state to accept valid out-of-state licenses for people looking to hang a shingle in the state.

The first-of-its-kind law means that trained professionals do not have to spend time and money for training and testing for an Arizona license to do what they already know how to do.

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