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The Council of State Governments (CSG), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), is developing four new interstate compacts for occupational licensing portability. To formally launch these new compact projects, CSG is hosting kickoff meetings for each profession: massage therapy, cosmetology & barbering, social work, and K-12 teaching. The professions were selected through a competitive proposal process to receive technical assistance with the development of an interstate compact. At each kickoff meeting, participants will learn from key stakeholders and licensed practitioners about the importance and function of interstate compacts, the development process, and the need for licensure portability in their profession.

  • Cosmetology & Barbering – A coalition of 15 state cosmetology boards
  • Massage Therapy – Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
  • Social Work – The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and The Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA)
  • K-12 Teaching – The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)

CSG is excited to be partnering with the following organizations who will lead compact development on behalf of their professions.

The development of interstate compacts for these four professions will bring together a coalition of industry experts to establish more uniform licensure standards to allow for multistate practice. Interstate compacts reduce barriers for practitioners wishing to practice in multiple states and allow for more movement of practitioners during national emergences such as the current pandemic. These compacts can enhance state ability to protect public safety by maintaining control of state licensure processes while creating a mobile society of practitioners.

These meetings will be a first step in the development of interstate compacts for each profession. Interested parties may register for the meetings at the links below.