RS28263 / H0178
In 2019 the Idaho Legislature approved and the governor signed into law Senate Bill 1053, which allowed
people who want to be licensed barbers to serve an apprenticeship instead of attending barber college. A
similar bill was approved the year before for cosmetologists. This piece of legislation expands that concept to
most licensed professions in Idaho. The bill requires state licensing authorities to issue a license if a person
serves an apprenticeship, pays the required fees and passes a certification exam, if one is required. If the
licensure authority denies a license or deems an apprenticeship not up to their standards, they must explain why
in writing. Licensure authorities also cannot create requirements for apprenticeship applicants which are more
onerous or restrictive than those for applicants who attend a school. This bill comes from the 2020 Occupational
Licensing and Certification Laws Committee of the Idaho Legislature. The Committee discussed and debated
this legislation over the last year, and voted to support the introduction of the bill for consideration by the full
Licensure boards are able to recognize existing apprenticeship programs in lieu of classroom instruction. It
requires no new process or staff to do that, so there should be no impact to the general fund.
Representative Gayann DeMordaunt
(208) 332-1057
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 02/16/2021, 8:24 AM