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State Licensure Requirements

Many occupations require professional licensure or certification to be eligible for employment. While UNC licensure programs are designed to lead to professional licensure in Colorado, other U.S. states and territories have their own educational requirements for licensure, which UNC programs may or may not fulfill.

Furthermore, there may be additional requirements beyond educational preparation to pursue professional licensure in some states and occupations. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, additional post-graduation examinations (such as state-specific legal exams), additional experience or training requirements (such as state-specific history courses), and other administrative procedures related to the application process, such as background checks, fingerprint submissions, verification of identity and citizenship, and corresponding application and licensure fees.

Additionally, state requirements for licensure often change over time and may change during your time at UNC. It is important that you are aware of these additional processes related to acquiring licensure in your field if you are planning on pursuing licensure upon graduation, especially if it is in a state other than Colorado.

We encourage you to review our Licensure Requirements by Program page to see our determination of whether programs at UNC meet educational requirements for licensure in certain states. We strive to keep this page updated as we continue to research state-specific requirements for licensure across all states and territories. You can also find current contact information for State Licensure Boards.

Successful completion of a UNC program does not guarantee professional licensure, certification, or employment. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of state-specific licensure requirements in their chosen occupation and to confirm all requirements for licensure with the appropriate state board in the state in which the student is planning on pursuing licensure.

Should you have questions or would like additional information pertaining to licensure requirements and processes, please email Licensure@unco.edu.

Please note that certain programs, including some licensure programs, may have additional state approval processes for certain learning placement activities, such as internship, clinical, and practicum experiences. Please visit the State Authorization (SARA) page for more details.