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.
Professional Licensing Information