STATEWIDE — The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) announces that it has launched a new Military and Veterans Programs website dedicated to career transition and professional credentialing for Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, military spouses and veterans.
DORA’s Military and Veterans Programs website, colorado.gov/dora-military, reflects the commitment of the Department to ensure that they have the information and support they need when pursuing professional licensure credentials in the State of Colorado. DORA licenses and regulates more than 50 professions and occupations in the state.
“The department has implemented several successful programs aimed at streamlining pathways to professional licensure,” said Joe Neguse, DORA executive director. “Our goal is to offer opportunities for military, Reserves, National Guard, military spouses and veterans to apply their experience toward obtaining their professional license so they can get to work faster.”
“As we continue supporting our men and women and their families, removing entry barriers to their civilian careers in the workplace is a positive development,” said Dr. Diane Ricci, deputy director of the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs at the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. “We appreciate the proactive steps DORA has taken as the state collectively strives towards our shared mission.”
Several DORA divisions have programs and initiatives aimed toward assisting with transporting existing credentials or acquiring professional Colorado credentials and meeting a variety of life needs during military service or while transitioning to civilian life. Streamlined and enhance licensure processes based on military experience for nursing, professional engineer, dental and physical therapy are currently available, with dozens more professions slated to be added.
Additionally, a spouse who is relocated to Colorado by military orders, and has an active license in good standing from another state, may practice for up to one year from the date they move before obtaining a Colorado license.
The site also offers valuable consumer information as part of DORA’s consumer protection mission, such as financial wellness for military and veterans, understanding their private insurance, or knowing their civil rights in the workplace.