Career and Technical Program Professional Licensure Disclosure

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification in correlation with programs offered at CNCC that may lead to state licensure.

Students are advised to review the following program licensure information BEFORE beginning a program at CNCC that leads to professional licensure with the intent to be licensed outside of the state of Colorado:

  • Review the licensing information provided for the applicable program(s) below.
    • While CNCC endeavors to ensure this information is up to date, changes in licensure requirements of any state can change at any time.
  • Contact the appropriate licensing agency in the U.S. states and territories where licensure is intended.
    • This will enable you to obtain the most up-to-date information about licensure requirements and confirm CNCC’s program meets those requirements especially while progressing through any of these programs.

Not all of CNCC’s programs are formally approved for professional licensure. However, while a program may not be formally approved in states outside of Colorado, it may still meet all or a portion of the “educational” requirements for licensure in other states and territories. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if a CNCC program will meet educational requirements in states other than Colorado.

Students interested in professional licensure programs should contact the applicable licensing board to determine any additional requirements, beyond the degree program that may need to be fulfilled to obtain licensure in a particular state. Some licensing boards may require additional post-graduation examinations, acquire additional experience, pay application and/or licensing fees, undergo criminal background checks, submit fingerprints, or provide other information prior to obtaining licensure.

Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)

The AMT program at CNCC is an accredited Part 147 program by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As such, students who successfully take their FAA licensure exams, meet federal licensure requirements for all 50 states. Students are eligible to take their airframe and powerplant exams at different times and can hold those independently of one another.

For additional information regarding specific questions on the FAA licensure exam, please contact Ty Harrison (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Aviation Technology (AVT)

The AVT program at CNCC is an accredited Part 141 program by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As such, students who successfully take their FAA licensure exams, meet federal licensure requirements for all 50 states.

For additional information regarding specific questions on the FAA licensure exam, please contact Nathan Hardin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Cosmetology

Completion of the Associate of Applied Studies in Cosmetology, and Cosmetology certificate prepares students to take the State of Colorado licensure boards/exams and has determined that the program meets the requirements for cosmetology licensing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia

The Cosmetology program has determined that the program does not meet the requirements for licensing in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Many states allow individuals who hold cosmetology licenses from other states to apply for licensure by reciprocity. Each state has different requirements for licensure by reciprocity, and students are encouraged to visit the Department of Regulator Affairs (DORA) for the state they want to practice in to get further specifics.

Licensing Board

 Students considering enrolling in the program should contact Mary Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further clarification.

Dental Hygiene

All graduated dental hygiene students take the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam and then a state/regional clinical examination. This qualifies dental hygienists to practice in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Puerto Rico.

The Dental Hygiene program does not meet the state licensure requirements for the states below, as graduates cannot practice in these states and U.S. territories without obtaining additional licenses. District of Columbia, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Licensing Board

Students considering enrolling in the dental hygiene program should contact Tiffany Douglas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

Early Childhood Education Teacher

The Early Childhood Education Teacher program gives students their first step by completing the educational requirements. You must also complete 3,185 hours of verified experience in the care and supervision of four (4) or more children less than eight (8) years of age who are not related to the individual before you can obtain a certification in Colorado.

The Early Childhood Education Level I teacher program does not prepare you to teach in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.

Licensing Board

 

Early Childhood Education Director 

The Early Childhood Education Director program gives students their first step by completing its educational requirements. You must also complete 910 hours of on-the-job training before you can obtain a certification in Colorado.

The Early Childhood Education Director program does not prepare you to teach in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.

Licensing Board

Students considering enrolling in the any of CNCC's Early Childhood Education programs should contact Andrew Goff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

Mine Training

Mine training courses are offered to assist the local industry with training in Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for inexperienced surface miners, inexperienced underground miners, and also provide annual refresher courses. Individuals who complete this requirement will receive their Form 5000-23 certificate of training that may be required by employers.

For more information on MSHA training, please contact CNCC Admissions (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

National Parks Service – Seasonal Law Enforcement Program (NPS)

The NPS program provides a curriculum directly from the NPS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and is approved to be a training center for seasonal law enforcement officers with NPS. Students who successfully complete the NPS FLETC requirements through CNCC’s NPS program will receive their Type-II certificate from FLETC and is eligible for seasonal law enforcement employment at any National Park in the nation. Many state parks also recognize this certificate for employment.

For additional information regarding state parks that will hire under our credential, or if a student is considering enrolling in the NPS program, please contact Charles Huyck (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide program qualifies graduates to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Exam in the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Georgia, Guam, Mariana Islands, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Virgin Islands, and Washington.

The Nurse Aide program does not qualify graduates in the following states and territories: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico.

Licensing Board

Students considering enrolling in the nurse aide program should contact Denise Huff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

Nursing

Colorado participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) meaning Nurses can practice in other NLC states. The NUR program trains nursing students to obtain a Colorado State Nursing License. Once a graduate receives the Colorado State license they may then practice in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. (NCSBN, 2024)

The Nursing program does not meet the state licensure requirements for the states below, as graduates cannot practice in these states and U.S. territories without obtaining additional licenses. California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico. Guam has partial implementation of the NLC (NCSBN, 2024).

Licensing Board

Students considering enrolling in the nursing program should contact Noreen Beckett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

Outdoor Emergency, Medical, and Wildland Firefighting

CNCC offers certification in Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) which follows nationally recognized content to provide students the SARTECH-II certificate upon successful completion of the practical and written exams. This industry credential is needed to participate in formal search and rescue operations across the United States.

The wildland firefighting courses provide students with training in the federally recognized wildland firefighting certifications – S-190, and S-130. These credentials are required prior to being hired and assisting with wildfires across the nation.

For more information on the FUNSAR/SARTECH-II and S-190/S-130 certifications, please contact Kathy Kottenstette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Practical Nurse

A practical nurse must take, and pass, the NCLEX-PN exam in the state in which they plan to practice. The CNCC practical nursing program qualifies students to sit for the NCLEX-PN in these states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Virgin Islands. (NCSBN, 2024)

The Nursing program does not meet the state licensure requirements for the states below, as graduates cannot practice in these states and U.S. territories without obtaining additional licenses. California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico. Guam has partial implementation of the NLC (NCSBN, 2024).

Licensing Board

 Students considering enrolling in the nurse aide program should contact Denise Huff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

Licensed Professions per State

StateState Listings of Licensed Professions in the State
Alabama Government Website Directory
Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Arizona Arizona State Legislature - Title 32 Professions and Occupations
Arkansas Arkansas Directory of Licensed, Certified and Registered Occupations
California Department of Consumer Affairs Boards/Bureaus
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Boards and Commissions
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation
District of Columbia Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Florida Division of Library and Information Services - Professional Licensing
Georgia Secretary of State - Professional Licensing Board Division
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs - Professional & Vocational Licensing
Idaho Online Services
Illinois Professional Regulated by Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
Indiana Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Iowa Other Professional Licensure
Kansas State Board of Technical Professions
Kentucky Department of Professional Licensing - Our Boards
Louisiana Licenses
Maine Professional & Financial Regulation - Professions & Occupations
Maryland Department of Labor - Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
Michigan State License Research
Minnesota Minnesota eLicensing - Licenses by Agency
Mississippi Mississippi Code - Title 73 Professions and Vocations
Missouri Division of Professional Registration
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Nebraska Nebraska Library Commission - Nebraska Certified & Licensed Occupations
New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification - Find a Board
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Professional and Occupational Boards and Committees
New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department - Boards and Commissions
New York Office of the Professions
North Carolina Department of Commerce - Business and Occupational License Database
North Dakota North Dakota Office of the Governor List of Boards
Ohio Licenses & Permits
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission - Oklahoma Licensed and Certified Occupations
Oregon Agencies A to Z
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Professional Licensing - Business and Health Related Boards
Puerto Rico Departmento de Estado - Services
Rhode Island Professional Licensing Renewal
South Carolina Division of Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards (POL)
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation - All South Dakota Occupational Licensing Agencies
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Regulatory Boards
Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation - Programs Licensed and Regulated by TDLR
US Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Vermont Secretary of State - Office of Professional Regulations
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Professions and Occupations
Washington State Department of Licensing - List of Licenses
West Virginia Secretary of State - Professional Boards
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wyoming Administration and Information - Professional Licensing Boards

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.