Bill Allowing Military Certifications to be used for Professional Licensure Passes the Senate

ATLANTA (March 26, 2013) – The Georgia Senate passed House Bill 188 by a vote of 51 to 3. Sponsored by Sen. Hunter Hill (R- Smyrna), this legislation allows military training to be used to obtain professional licenses and credentials in Georgia.

“As a veteran myself, I was proud to lead the passage of a bill that will help veterans transition from their military career to civilian life. This legislation brings us one step closer to making Georgia one of the friendliest states for veterans returning home,” said Sen. Hunter Hill.

HB 188 will help veterans who have received specific military training in specific areas to expedite the processing of civilian professional licenses, including:

  • Electrical contractors
  • Plumbers
  • Conditioned Air Contractors
  • Low-Voltage Contractors
  • Utility Contractors
  • General and Residential Contractors

By the end of 2016, it is estimated that nearly 60,000 to 80,000 veterans will return from active duty from Afghanistan and Iraq. HB 188 will also help the spouses of veterans become eligible for the same licensure if he/she holds a license in another state.

A committee comprised of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, members of appropriate licensing boards, and applicable division directors will determine whether the military specialty meets or exceeds Georgia’s professional standards for their respective fields.

All license applications must be submitted within 180 days of discharge.

House Bill 188 will now travel to the Governor for final approval.

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist