The District of Columbia, to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of its residents is protected, requires people who work in certain occupations and professions to obtain a license to practice. This measure certifies that all licensees have acquired a certain level of knowledge in their chosen field. The District of Columbia grants permission to an individual to engage in an occupation, after testing, to ensure that the individual has attained the minimum degree of competency required in his or her field.
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ (DCRA) Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration (OPLA) supports the District’s non-health occupational and professional boards, commissions, and programs. OPLA enforces regulations and offers licenses in more than 125 occupational and professional categories. The boards, commissions, and programs are responsible for reviewing applications, administering examinations, responding to certification requests by other jurisdictions, and regulating the practices of individual professions.
Occupations and Professional Licenses
Information, applications and all other materials for each of the occupational and professional licenses are available below. The links will redirect you to the respective licensing board or commission website.
- Asbestos Workers
- Athlete Agents
- Body Artists
- Boxers, Wrestlers, and Mixed Martial Artists
- Certified Public Accountants
- Elevator Maintenance (Contractors, Mechanics, Inspectors)
- Funeral Directors
- Interior Designers
- Land Surveyors
- Professional Engineers
- Real Estate Agents and Property Managers
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
- Steam and Operating Engineers
- Tour Guides
For more information on board or commission procedures or if you are interested in becoming a board or commission member, visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments website or our list of Frequently Asked Questions.