License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Rhode Island



Highlights

49 out of 102 moderate-income occupations licensed
37th most burdensome licensing laws
22nd most extensively and onerously licensed state

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Summary

Rhode Island is the 22nd most broadly and onerously licensed state, placing it in the second tier of states. It licenses 49 of the 102 occupations studied. Rhode Island has the 37th most burdensome licensing laws, with an average of $164 in fees, 211 days -- about seven months -- lost to education and experience and one exam.

A handful of Rhode Island occupations require excessive training requirements compared with other states. For example, Rhode Island has the most burdensome laws for HVAC contractors, requiring over five years of experience. The average across licensed states is less than two-and-a-half years. Rhode Island is one of only eight states to require that truck drivers and city/transit bus drivers possess a driver's license for a year or more prior to licensure. It is also one of 20 states with a similar requirement for school bus drivers, and Rhode Island's is among the longest at three years. Other states require only tests, fees, a minimum age and in some states a short course or training session for these occupations.

Some of Rhode Island's requirements also appear overly burdensome compared to other occupations the state licenses. For example, it takes only 37 days of training to become an emergency medical technician, but nearly twice that time to earn a manicurist license. Barbers, cosmetologists, skin care specialists and massage therapists must undergo even more training.

Rhode Island could expand employment prospects for low-income workers by reducing or removing overly burdensome or needless barriers to low- and moderate-income jobs.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

Licensing Requirements

Burden RankOccupationNumber of States that LicenseFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 HVAC Contractor (General/Commercial) 40 $111 1,900 1 0 18
2 Preschool Teacher 49 $50 1,825 2 0 0
3 Athletic Trainer 46 $362 1,460 1 0 0
4 Optician 22 $70 1,095 2 12 18
5 School Bus Driver 51 $114 1,097 7 0 21
6 Bus Driver (City/Transit) 51 $94 730 5 0 18
7 Midwife 29 $130 730 1 0 0
8 Barber 50 $75 350 2 12 18
9 Cosmetologist 51 $50 350 2 12 18
10 Truck Driver 51 $70 365 4 0 18
11 Skin Care Specialist 50 $50 140 2 12 18
12 Manicurist 50 $31 70 2 12 0
13 Auctioneer 33 $725 19 1 0 18
14 Massage Therapist 39 $50 117 1 0 18
15 Sign Language Interpreter 16 $710 2 3 0 0
16 Emergency Medical Technician 51 $180 37 2 0 18
17 Teacher Assistant 29 $45 7 1 12 0
18 Security Guard 37 $400 0 0 0 18
19 Taxi Driver/Chauffeur 12 $110 0 2 0 18
20 Crane Operator 18 $105 0 2 0 18
21 Pest Control Applicator 51 $45 0 2 0 18
21 Vegetation Pesticide Handler 51 $45 0 2 0 18
23 Fire Alarm Installer 34 $440 0 1 0 0
24 Security Alarm Installer 34 $205 0 0 0 18
25 Pipelayer Contractor 29 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Insulation Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Terrazzo Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Iron/Steel Contractor (General/Commercial) 31 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Paving Equipment Operator Contractor 27 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Glazier Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Carpenter/Cabinet Maker Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Painting Contractor (General/Commercial) 28 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Mason Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Cement Finishing Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial) 29 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Door Repair Contractor 35 $200 0 0 0 18
25 Drywall Installation Contractor (General/Commercial) 30 $200 0 0 0 18
38 Animal Control Officer 17 $10 0 1 0 18
39 Tree Trimmer 7 $25 28 2 0 0
40 Bartender 13 $0 1 0 0 18
41 Earth Driller 47 $200 0 1 0 0
42 Bill Collector Agency 30 $200 0 0 0 0
43 Tank Tester 14 $100 9 0 0 0
44 Gaming Supervisor 23 $150 0 0 0 0
44 Upholsterer 7 $150 0 0 0 0
44 Slot Key Person 21 $150 0 0 0 0
47 Animal Breeder 26 $100 0 0 0 0
48 Fisher 41 $50 0 0 0 0
49 Coach (School Sports) 24 $25 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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