Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations

The mission of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia by administering and enforcing the laws regulating commercial occupations and certain professions as designated by the General Assembly.

The Department regulates twenty-nine occupations and professions which are administered pursuant to the criteria specified in the Code of Virginia. The Department functions primarily through nineteen regulatory boards which are made up of citizens appointed by the Governor.

The Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation provides citizens with an access to the Department and oversees the regulatory administration of the Department and the Boards dedicated to individual occupations and professions, as well as considering the appropriate level of regulation for each occupation and profession. The Board is also charged with evaluating unregulated professions and occupations for regulation.

Currently, the regulatory boards license or certify more than 240,000 individuals and businesses, and carry out the essential duties of:

  • Establishing minimum standards to obtain a license.
  • Creating standards of conduct for license holders.
  • Disciplining license holders who violate the laws or regulations pertaining to their profession or occupation.

To contribute to the growth and development of the economy by providing management, technical and other assistance and information to the region’s small business community.

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