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Regulation of Professions and Occupations in Colorado

Business & Economic Development
Labor & Employment
Professions & Occupations

This memorandum provides information about the regulation of professions and occupations in Colorado.  Over 100 professions and occupations are currently required to be licensed, certified, or registered in Colorado, or are authorized to use an exclusive professional title, known as title protection.  The Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulates the majority of professions and occupations.  Certain professions are regulated by other state agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Department of Law, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Revenue, the Secretary of State's Office, and the Colorado Supreme Court.

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details