Military service and veteran reciprocity, ch 14
PROFESSIONAL LICENSING AND REGULATION BUREAU
Adopted and Filed
Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code sections 546.3 and 546.10 and 2014 Iowa Acts, chapter 1116, division VI, the Professional Licensing and Regulation Bureau hereby adopts new Chapter 14, "Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity," Iowa Administrative Code.
Chapter 14 is adopted as a result of the Home Base Iowa Act, which requires all professional and occupational licensing boards, commissions, and other authorities subject to Iowa Code chapter 272C to adopt rules by January 1, 2015, on military service and veteran licensure. The rules address the process under which the Bureau will provide credit toward licensure qualifications for military service, education, and training and the procedures for expediting reciprocal and provisional licensure for veterans who are licensed in other states. The rules establish the same procedure for all seven boards within the Bureau.
Notice of Intended Action was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin as ARC 1630C on September 17, 2014. A public hearing was held on October 7, 2014. No oral or written public comment was received. No changes were made to the rules published under Notice of Intended Action.
These rules are subject to waiver or variance pursuant to 193—Chapter 5.
The rules were adopted by the Accountancy Examining Board on October 27, 2014; the Architectural Examining Board on October 23, 2014; the Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board on October 22, 2014; the Interior Design Examining Board on October 28, 2014; the Landscape Architectural Examining Board on October 28, 2014; the Real Estate Commission on October 28, 2014; and the Real Estate Appraiser Examining Board on October 22, 2014.
After analysis and review of this rule making, there will be a positive impact on jobs because these rules will streamline the licensing process for veterans when locating in or coming back to Iowa.
These rules are intended to implement 2014 Iowa Acts, chapter 1116, division VI.
These rules will become effective December 31, 2014.
The following amendment is adopted.
Adopt the following new 193—Chapter 14:
MILITARY SERVICE AND VETERAN RECIPROCITY
"Board" means an examining board or commission within the professional licensing and regulation bureau.
"License" or "licensure" means any license, registration, certificate, or permit that may be granted by an examining board or commission within the professional licensing and regulation bureau.
"Military service" means honorably serving on federal active duty, state active duty, or national guard duty, as defined in Iowa Code section 29A.1; in the military services of other states, as provided in 10 U.S.C. Section 101(c); or in the organized reserves of the United States, as provided in 10 U.S.C. Section 10101.
"Military service applicant" means an individual requesting credit toward licensure for military education, training, or service obtained or completed in military service.
"Veteran" means an individual who meets the definition of "veteran" in Iowa Code section 35.1(2).
193—14.2(85GA,ch1116) Military education, training, and service credit. A military service applicant may apply for credit for verified military education, training, or service toward any experience or educational requirement for licensure by submitting a military service application form to the board office.
14.2(1) The application may be submitted with an application for licensure or examination or prior to an applicant's applying for licensure or to take an examination. No fee is required for submission of an application for military service credit.
14.2(2) The applicant shall identify the experience or educational licensure requirement to which the credit would be applied if granted. Credit shall not be applied to an examination requirement.
14.2(3) The applicant shall provide documents, military transcripts, a certified affidavit, or forms that verify completion of the relevant military education, training, or service, which may include, when applicable, the applicant's Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) or Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) (DD Form 2586).
14.2(4) Upon receipt of a completed military service application, the board shall promptly determine whether the verified military education, training, or service will satisfy all or any part of the identified experience or educational qualifications for licensure.
14.2(5) The board shall grant the application in whole or in part if the board determines that the verified military education, training, or service satisfies all or part of the experience or educational qualifications for licensure.
14.2(6) The board shall inform the military service applicant in writing of the credit, if any, given toward an experience or educational qualification for licensure or explain why no credit was granted. The applicant may request reconsideration upon submission of additional documentation or information.
14.2(7) A military service applicant who is aggrieved by the board's decision may request a contested case (administrative hearing) and may participate in a contested case by telephone. A request for a contested case shall be made within 30 days of issuance of the board's decision. The provisions of 193—Chapter 7 shall apply, except that no fees or costs shall be assessed against the military service applicant in connection with a contested case conducted pursuant to this subrule.
14.2(8) The board shall grant or deny the military service application prior to ruling on the application for licensure. The applicant shall not be required to submit any fees in connection with the licensure application unless the board grants the military service application. If the board does not grant the military service application, the applicant may withdraw the licensure application or request that the licensure application be placed in pending status for up to one year or as mutually agreed. The withdrawal of a licensure application shall not preclude subsequent applications supported by additional documentation or information.
193—14.3(85GA,ch1116) Veteran reciprocity.
14.3(1) A veteran with an unrestricted professional license in another jurisdiction may apply for licensure in Iowa through reciprocity. A veteran must pass any examinations required for licensure to be eligible for licensure through reciprocity and will be given credit for examinations previously passed when consistent with board laws and rules on examination requirements. A fully completed application for licensure submitted by a veteran under this subrule shall be given priority and shall be expedited.
14.3(2) Such an application shall contain all of the information required of all applicants for licensure who hold unrestricted licenses in other jurisdictions and who are applying for licensure by reciprocity, including, but not limited to, completion of all required forms, payment of applicable fees, disclosure of criminal or disciplinary history, and, if applicable, a criminal history background check. The applicant shall use the same forms as any other applicant for licensure by reciprocity and shall additionally provide such documentation as is reasonably needed to verify the applicant's status as a veteran under Iowa Code section 35.1(2).
14.3(3) Upon receipt of a fully completed licensure application, the board shall promptly determine if the professional or occupational licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where the veteran is licensed are substantially equivalent to the licensing requirements in Iowa. The board shall make this determination based on information supplied by the applicant and such additional information as the board may acquire from the applicable jurisdiction. As relevant to the license at issue, the board may consider the following factors in determining substantial equivalence: scope of practice, education and coursework, degree requirements, postgraduate experience, and examinations required for licensure.
14.3(4) The board shall promptly grant a license to the veteran if the applicant is licensed in the same or similar profession in another jurisdiction whose licensure requirements are substantially equivalent to those required in Iowa, unless the applicant is ineligible for licensure based on other grounds, for example, the applicant's disciplinary or criminal background.
14.3(5) If the board determines that the licensing requirements in the jurisdiction in which the veteran is licensed are not substantially equivalent to those required in Iowa, the board shall promptly inform the veteran of the additional experience, education, or examinations required for licensure in Iowa. Unless the applicant is ineligible for licensure based on other grounds, such as disciplinary or criminal background, the following shall apply:
a. If a veteran has not passed the required examination(s) for licensure, the applicant may not be issued a provisional license but may request that the licensure application be placed in pending status for up to one year or as mutually agreed to provide the veteran with the opportunity to satisfy the examination requirements.
b. If additional experience or education is required in order for the applicant's qualifications to be considered substantially equivalent, the applicant may request that the board issue a provisional license for a specified period of time during which the applicant will successfully complete the necessary experience or education. The board shall issue a provisional license for a specified period of time upon such conditions as the board deems reasonably necessary to protect the health, welfare or safety of the public unless the board determines that the deficiency is of a character that the public health, welfare or safety will be adversely affected if a provisional license is granted.
c. If a request for a provisional license is denied, the board shall issue an order fully explaining the decision and shall inform the applicant of the steps the applicant may take in order to receive a provisional license.
d. If a provisional license is issued, the application for full licensure shall be placed in pending status until the necessary experience or education has been successfully completed or the provisional license expires, whichever occurs first. The board may extend a provisional license on a case-by-case basis for good cause.
14.3(6) A veteran who is aggrieved by the board's decision to deny an application for a reciprocal license or a provisional license or is aggrieved by the terms under which a provisional license will be granted may request a contested case (administrative hearing) and may participate in a contested case by telephone. A request for a contested case shall be made within 30 days of issuance of the board's decision. The provisions of 193—Chapter 7 shall apply, except that no fees or costs shall be assessed against the veteran in connection with a contested case conducted pursuant to this subrule.
14.3(7) The licensure requirements for some professions regulated by the boards are very similar or identical across jurisdictions. Given federal mandates, for instance, the requirements to become certified as a real estate appraiser authorized to perform appraisals for federally related transactions are substantially the same nationwide. The requirements to become certified as a certified public accountant are also substantially equivalent nationwide as long as the certified public accountant also holds a license or permit to practice in those jurisdictions which have a two-tiered system of issuing a certificate and a separate license or permit to practice public accounting. For other professions, the veteran is encouraged to consult with board staff prior to submitting an application for reciprocal licensure to determine in advance whether there are jurisdictional variations that may impact reciprocal licensure.
These rules are intended to implement 2014 Iowa Acts, chapter 1116, division VI.
[Filed 10/29/14, effective 12/31/14]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 11/26/14.