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Pennsylvania Professional Licensing

Certain professionals and businesses require a license and state credential to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs website for more information on the state’s requirements for business licenses, permits and certifications, or call the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs’ general information line: (717) 787-8503

Business and Health-Related Boards

Professional licensing protects the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent and unethical practitioners.

In Pennsylvania, there are 29 licensing boards and commissions to oversee professional and occupational licenses, permits and certifications. Each is comprised of professionals in that industry, as well as members representing the public-at-large. Each board and commission has its own statute to govern its powers and functions.

The boards and commissions:

Information and requirements by business or profession: