SD11 - Report on the Need for Certification of Carpenters and Masons

Executive Summary:
The Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation has the statutory authority to evaluate the need for regulation of occupations and making recommendations to the Governor and members of the General Assembly.

Section 54.1-100 of the Code of Virginia (1950, as amended) states that:

No regulation shall be imposed upon any profession or occupation except for the exclusive purpose of protecting the public interest when:

1. The unregulated practice of the profession or occupation can harm or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of the public, and the potential for harm is recognizable and not remote or dependent upon tenuous argument;

2. The practice of the profession or occupation has inherent qualities peculiar to it that distinguish it from ordinary work and labor;

3. The practice of the profession or occupation requires specialized skill or training and the public needs, and will benefit by, assurances of initial and continuing professional and occupational ability; and

4. The public is not effectively protected by other means.