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 January 15, 2019)

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 Public Member 

Monthly

3rd Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

 
Applied Behavioral Analysts (Advisor)

Parent

of an individual with autism or a developmental disorder who is a recipient of applied behavior analysis services

Annually

Architects

Professional Member

2 open positions

February, April, June, August, October, December

1st Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Audiology/Hearing Aid Dispensers (Advisor) Professional (Otolaryngologist)

 

Annually

Audiology/Hearing Aid Dispensers (Advisor) Professional (Hearing Aid Dispenser Professional)

Annually

Barbers and Cosmetology (Advisor) Professional (Barber)

TBD

Barbers and Cosmetology (Advisor) Professional (Esthetician)

TBD

Barbers and Cosmetology (Advisor) Professional (Nail Technician)

TBD

Board of Chiropractic Public Member

February, April, June, August, October, December

1st Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Board of Professional Engineering Public Member  February, April, June, August, October, December
1st Thursday at 8:30 a.m. 
Board of Professional Engineering Professional, Any Specialty February, April, June, August, October, December
1st Thursday at 8:30 a.m. 
Funeral Service (Advisor)

Funeral Service Director

2 open positions

One with training/experience in the operation of crematoria

TBD 
Board of Land Surveyors

Professional Member

February, April, June, August, October, December
3rd Tuesday at 9:00 am
Board of Land Surveyors Public Member February, April, June, August, October, December
3rd Tuesday at 9:00 am
Midwives (Advisor) Professional Member

Annually

 
Midwives Advisory Committee

Midwife

2 open positions

TBD
Midwives Advisory Committee

Physician

listed by the Board of Medical Practice or Board of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

2 open positions

TBD 
Notaries Public (Advisor) Professional Member TBD
Occupational Therapy (Advisor) Professional Member

Annually

Board of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

Professional Member

2 open positions

March, June, September, December
2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Board of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons Public Member March, June, September, December
2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Board of Private Investigative & Security Professional

January, March, May, July, September, November

3rd Friday at 9:00 am

Board of Private Investigative & Security

Public Member

2 open positions

January, March, May, July, September, November

3rd Friday at 9:00 am

Psychoanalysts (Advisor) Professional

Annually

Board of Psychological Examiners Public Member

Monthly 

2nd Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Board of Radiologic Technology Professional Member, ABR certified

Quarterly

Board of Real Estate Appraisers

Professional Member

2 open positions

February, April, June, August, October, December

1st Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

Board of Real Estate Appraisers

Public Member

February, April, June, August, October, December

1st Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

Real Estate Commission (Board) Attorney Monthly
4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Real Estate Commission (Board) Professional Broker Member Monthly
4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Real Estate Commission (Board) Public Member Monthly
4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Respiratory Care Practitioners (Advisor) Professional Member

Annually

Speech Language Pathology (Advisor) Professional Member

Annually

Board of Veterinary Medicine Public Member

February, April, June, August, October, December

2nd Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Application Information

 

Questions regarding Advisor appointments

Jennifer Rotblatt
Administrative Services Coordinator
Office of Professional Regulation (802) 828-2191
jennifernull.rotblatnullt@sec.stnullate.vt.unulls

 

 

This page was last updated: 2019-01-23