What is a Professional License?

What is a Professional License?

Licensure restricts the practice of an occupation, or use of an occupational title unless the holder demonstrates the specific knowledge, or skill, required by the profession. In exchange for proving competence and meeting certain requirements, a state agency (or board) will grant applicants a property interest in a professional license, qualifying the holder for entry into the restricted profession.

If you are a licensed professional, your license required education, various applications and some manner of examination. Whether you work in healthcare, insurance, daycare, real estate or the financial field, a threat against your license is a threat against your livelihood and the property that you worked hard to acquire. Ten common ways professionals lose their license.

(1) Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor reasonably related to the practice of the profession.

(2) Failure to report a revocation, suspension, limitation, conditioning, or disciplinary action against a professional license from another state, territory, or country.

(3) Failure or inability to perform professional responsibilities with reasonable skill and safety, including failure to adequately monitor the performance, or acts, of those working under the professional’s direction.

(4) Engaging in unprofessional conduct, including, but not limited to, failure to conform to agency or board interpretations of statutory law.

(5) The use of alcohol, drugs, chemicals, or any other material causing an actual or potential inability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.

(6) Engaging in any unethical conduct, including, but not limited to, behavior likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.

(7) Engaging in behavior with a client sexually, or a manner reasonably interpreted by the client to be sexual.

(8) Obtaining money, property, or services from a client, other than reasonable fees for services provided, by undue influence, harassment, duress, deception, or fraud.

(9) Revealing privileged communication relating to a client, or breaking confidentiality.

(10) Improper management of records, including failure to maintain adequate client records.

(11) Violating a rule or order adopted by an agency (or board), relating to professional practice.

Protecting your License. If you are a licensed professional and you think your license may be jeopardy due to any of the above, you will need an attorney who is not only knowledgeable in the controlling law, but also one that can communicate in plain English, and keep you informed during the process. Take action today by contacting Attorney Fabian Hoffner. With the support of an aggressive attorney on your side, you can be assured your professional license remains protected. For a free consultation, call 612-206-3777 to learn about your options, your rights, and to have any questions you may have answered honestly and promptly.

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