LARA’s New Resource Helps Veterans Become Licensed Professionals in Michigan
On this Veterans Day, the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has launched a comprehensive online tool to help explain the specific licensing resources provided to members of the armed forces. LARA is committed to helping those who serve our country enter a licensed profession.The department administers several acts — including the Michigan Occupational Code, Michigan Public Health Code and Skilled Trades Regulation Act — that provide specific licensing provisions for members of the armed forces and their families. The new interactive website — www.michigan.gov/veteranslicensing — contains informational pages on more than 80 unique professions and directs users to the department’s wide-range of resources on how to become licensed in each profession.Examples of the specific licensing resources available to Michigan veterans, active military, and their families include:The ability to utilize military experience towards licensureAn exemption for renewal fees and continuing education requirements while on active dutyTemporary licenses for active duty military personnel’s spousesGranting a waiver for the initial license or initial registration fee for veteransProviding a reimbursement from Federal Department of Veterans Affairs for required and paid for examination feesLARA has partnered with Michigan veterans, armed forces, and workforce organizations to enhance its educational outreach to members of the armed forces. The department is also working closely with its partners to identify possible statutory changes that would expand certain military experience provisions to additional professions and solve other barriers to licensure for military and veteran personnel.
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