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MAINE DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL
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Governor and Commissioner Recognize Memorial Day by Focusing on Effort to Make Occupational Licensing Easier for Veterans: Assistance Available May 31st

 

May 29, 2016

 

 

In advance of Memorial Day, Governor Paul R. LePage and Commissioner Anne Head are highlighting an ongoing initiative at the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (DPFR) to make occupational licensing in several professions quicker and easier for veterans with relevant military training and experience. Governor LePage signed Public Law Chapter 603 in 2012 to ensure that veterans are given full credit for applicable military training and experience when they apply for an occupational license from the Department’s Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation. In 2013, the Governor signed Public Law Chapter 311, which builds on the 2012 measure.

“We should always recall the sacrifice of those who have served, but Memorial Day is a special time of reflection,” Governor LePage said. “For those who have served and returned to civilian life, we have a responsibility to recognize their skills, and to assist them in obtaining the credentials needed for good jobs. Veterans have much to offer businesses and organizations throughout Maine, and our economy needs their contributions.”

These recent new laws provide the Department with greater flexibility in evaluating and crediting military experience toward license and continuing education requirements. It should also assist veterans and spouses by permitting them to acquire a license by endorsement if they hold a comparable license in another state for the remainder of the term of that license or until a license is obtained in Maine.

In addition to more flexibility, the laws signed in 2012 and 2013 have led to a concerted outreach effort by the Department. Staff has been participating in job fairs for veterans and attending meetings of organizations that serve military members, veterans and their families.

The next event will be held May 31, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Androscoggin Room at the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The Department is located in Gardiner at 76 Northern Avenue. Information or directions can be obtained by calling 207-624-8605.

Additionally, the Department’s homepage (www.maine.gov/pfr) features information to assist veterans in applying their military training and experience toward occupational licensing requirements. Details about licensing can also be obtained by calling Catherine Carroll at 207-624-8605. Veterans are encouraged to contact the Department before applying for licensure. Military documentation that may be needed includes:

• Copy of a DD Form 214, Report of Discharge; and

• Copy of DD Form 2586, Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET).

“The Department remains fully committed to evaluating and crediting military experience whenever possible and appropriate,” Commissioner Head said. “Veterans are encouraged to attend the May 31st event or to contact the Department anytime to learn more about how we can assist them.”