Occupations and Professions Licensing Requirements

I-2020-15


Effective Date: Expiration Date: Chapters:
June 29, 2020 When Superseded 8   9   36   37   38  

Overview

This issuance lists District government occupations and professions that require a license by District, state, or federal law. When a District government position requires an occupational or professional license, the applicable license is a “qualification requirement,” and individuals shall possess the license before being appointed to such positions or within the timeframe established by law or regulation.

This issuance supersedes District Personnel Manual Instruction No. 8-58, 9-29, and 38-16.


Licensure Requirements

The following table lists the occupations and professions in District government that require a license.

Occupations Requiring a License

Occupational Series

Administrative Law Judges

0935

Architects

0808

Attorneys

0905

Barbers/Cosmetologist

7603

Certified Public Accountant

0510

Civil Engineer

0810

Forensic Laboratory Director

0401

Dental Assistant

0681

Dental Officers (All Specialties)

0680

Dietetics and Nutrition

0630

Electricians

2805

Engineers [1]

0801

Electrical Engineers

0850

Environmental Engineer

0819

Land Surveyor

1373

Mechanical Engineer

0830

Medical Officers (All Specialties)

0602

Nurse

0610

Nurses (Practical)

0620

Occupational Therapists

0631

Pharmacists

0660

Physical Therapists

0633

Plumbers

4206

Podiatrists

0668

Counselors

0640

Principal (Public School)

1707

Psychologists

0180

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

5306

Social Workers

0185

Structural Engineer

0810

Veterinarians [2]

0700

[1] In the case of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs a Professional Engineer (PE) licensure in the District of Columbia is required and must be maintained. Otherwise, all applicants with a PE license in a jurisdiction other than the District of Columbia will be required to apply for a DC PE license within 90 days of hire and will have 12 months to obtain a PE license within the District of Columbia or will be terminated.

[2] Employees engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine must be licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine unless exempted by D.C. Code § 3-1208.61(b).

Motor Vehicle Operators

Motor vehicles operators driving a District government vehicle must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license from the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, which permits them to operate the type of vehicle assigned.

Any person applying for employment into a motor vehicle operator position who lives outside of the above jurisdictions must obtain a District of Columbia motor vehicle operator’s license upon selection to the position.

To operate certain types of motor vehicles, an applicant/employee must certify that he or she is proficient in their use. A Commercial Driver’s License or CDL is needed for the operation of certain types of vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles administers motor vehicle operations tests, and certifies applicants to operate specific types of vehicles, including vehicles requiring a CDL. There are three defined groups of Commercial Vehicle License (CMV) classes.

CMV Class

Description

Class A

Any vehicle with a semi-trailer or trailer with 2 or more axles. This group also includes any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class B

Any Heavy Straight Vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 26,000 pounds is classified in Class B, as well as any vehicle towing another vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Class C

Any vehicle that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or is used in the transportation of materials classified as hazardous in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act.


Applicability

This issuance applies to those District government agencies subordinate to the Mayor's personnel authority.


References

  1. 6-B DCMR § 804.3, Implementation Authority;
  2. 6-B DCMR § 3806.3, Qualification Standards and General Requirements for Selection.

Questions

For any questions regarding this issuance, please contact the Department of Human Resources, Policy and Compliance Administration, by calling (202) 442-9700 or by sending an e-mail to dchr.policy@dc.gov.


Issued by Ventris C. Gibson, Director D.C. Department of Human Resources on June 29, 2020, midnight