Become a Board Member or Advisor

The Office of Professional Regulation, commonly known as “OPR,” is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Our mission is to protect the public from incompetent or unethical practitioners through a system of licensure that also assures a minimum barrier to enter a profession. We achieve this by supporting boards and advisor groups that oversee licensure of 50 professions (such as architects and tattooists) and approximately 60,000 licensees. Statutes and meeting notes for each profession are found on our website

 

Serving on a professional board with licensed practitioners and members of the public is a rewarding opportunity. Your contributions help us provide an important service to your community. Please see the current openings listed below.

The work of OPR includes these four distinct but essential components:

  • Licensing administration to issue and renew licenses to qualified individuals and businesses;
  • Independent enforcement capabilities to screen, investigate and prosecute complaints of unprofessional conduct;
  • An inspection program where necessary; and
  • An independent quasi-judicial administrative law division to adjudicate licensing and enforcement cases.

Duties and Details

  • Board membership is a gubernatorial appointment. The Governor may request nominations from any source but shall not be bound to select board members from among the persons nominated. (3 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 3, § 129b).
  • Advisors are appointed by the Secretary of State. The Secretary may request nominations from any source but shall not be bound to select advisors from among the persons nominated. (3 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 3, § 129b)
  • Vermont statutes governing board member and advisor appointments can be found in 3 V.S.A. Chapter 5 Subchapter 3.
  • Board members and advisors are typically appointed to serve for staggered five-year terms, serving not more than two consecutive terms, as regulated by statute. (Filling a vacancy created before the end of a term shall not be deemed as having created a term).
  • You may be asked to serve on an “I-team”, an investigative team including the OPR Case Manager and OPR Prosecuting Attorney that supports an investigation of unprofessional conduct. The investigations and materials will be assembled for you and shared prior to participating in a phone meeting that most often lasts about ½ hour. You may occasionally be asked additional questions to support an investigation.
  • Compensation is provided at $50.00 per board meeting, plus mileage reimbursement, as regulated by statute.
  • Due to the dynamic nature of these appointments, the Governor’s Office website may not match the OPR website. Please see our current vacancies and submit an application indicating the board(s) you are interested in serving.

Current (as of December 19, 2017)

Board meetings take place at OPR's Montpelier office. Depending on the agenda, meetings may run into the afternoon.

Profession
(link to governing statutes)
Vacancy Type Typical Meeting Schedule
Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners Professional (Non-Licensed / Non-Certified Counselor)   

Monthly

3rd Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners Public Member 

Monthly

3rd Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

 
Board of Architects Professional

Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec

1st Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Board of Dental Examiners Professional

Monthly

2nd Wednesday at 9:00 am

Dietians (Advisor) Professional

Annual

As needed 

Board of Professional Engineering Public Member  Monthly
1st Thursday at 8:30 a.m. 
Board of Land Surveyors Public Member February, April, June, August, October, December
3rd Tuesday at 9:00 am
Board of Nursing Public Member Monthly
2nd Monday at 9:00 a.m. 
Board of Nursing Professional Member, RN

Monthly

2nd Monday at 9:00 a.m.

Board of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons Public Member March, June, September, December
2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Board of Psychological Examiners Public Member Monthly - 2nd Friday at 9:00 a.m.
Real Estate Commission (Board) Public Member Monthly
4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Board of Veterinary Medicine Public Member

February, April, June, August, October, December

2nd Thursday at 9:00 am

Application Information

 

Questions regarding advisor appointments

Lora Nielsen
Assistant Director
Office of Professional Regulation (802) 828-5030
lora.ninullelsen@snullec.statnulle.vt.usnull

 

 

This page was last updated: 2018-02-13