Certification of licensing officials serves several purposes which include:
- More firmly establish business and occupational licensing as a skilled profession.
- Documentation of proficency and capabilities which benefit: the employer, the citizenry, and the licensed businesses.
- Increased compliance (and revenue which fund additional citizen services).
- Enhanced job security and satisfaction.
- Increased salaries commensurate with the increased knowledge and productivity.
Applicants for Certification must:
- be at least 21 years of age
- agree to abide by the NBBLO Ethical Code
- maintain continuous active NBBLO membership
- obtain at least two (2) Certifications of Completion within three (3) years of application for certification
- when available, maintain active membership and pursue (or hold) certification from an NBBLO recognized State Licensing Organization
- submit an Application
Types of Certification:
There are four levels of certification:
Certification of Completion requires:
- Active Employment as a Licensing Official
- Attendance of all classes at an NBBLO Conference (14 CE hours)
Certified Licensing Official™ (CLO) requires:
- Two (2) Certificates of Completion (Verification Form)
- A focus on the fundamentals of business licensing.
Senior Licensing Official™ (SLO) requires:
- Prior certification as a Certified Licensing Official (CLO)
- Certified attendance at five (5) or more NBBLO conferences
- Successful completion of a written test which includes questions pertaining to the legal aspects of business licensing.
- Two (2) NBBLO approved presentations either via seminar or published article
Master Licensing Official™ (MLO) requires:
- Prior certification as a Senior Licensing Official (SLO)
- Successful completion of a written test which includes questions pertaining to the administrative aspects of business licensing.
- Certified attendance at (7) or more NBBLO conferences
- Four (4) NBBLO approved presentations either via seminar (or panel presentation) or published article
The CLO, SLO & MLO are based on experience and education. The SLO & MLO are tested certifications. The NBBLO Desktop Licensing Manual serves as the main study manual. Certifications are valid for up to 3 years from the last day of the month in which the certification was awarded.
In order to remain certified, each Certified Official (CLO, MLO & SLO) must attend 16 hours of continuing education
classes during each two year period after certification.
Any class which is not a repeat of the exact same class already taken may count for continuing education hours. Updated
courses (such as annual law updates) are generally eligible for credit. Courses from authorized presenters/educational
institutions are eligible and courses from allied organizations may be eligible for continuing education credit.
What You Need to Do
If you would like to receive credit for hours you have taken or plan to take, please complete and fax to (702) 943-3300
or e-mail the scanned form to Ken Musgrave at email@example.com or download and mail the
approval request form.
An affidavit of completion form to verify your continuing education is available from the conference manager or
download the Affidavit for Required Continuing Education.
Each re-certification shall be valid up to three (3) years from the last day of the month when recertification occurred. Click here for a complete list of Certified Licensing Official recipients and their status.
For those who maintain active NBBLO membership and attend NBBLO annual conference courses at least once every two years, recertification requires completion of a simple submittal form. Candidates who wish to submit 3rd party continuing education must obtain course approval and submit proof of at least sixteen (16) additional educational hours every 3 years by attending and participating in NBBLO sanctioned courses.
It shall be the responsibility of each candidate to: scan their badge at each NBBLO seminar, obtain an attendance/completion certificate, to request the desired re-certification when non NBBLO courses are submitted, provide any required written proof of eligibility and review their record to ensure all requested educational credits have been properly recorded.
NBBLO Core Curriculum Outline
Chapter 1 - History of Business Licensing & Legal Framework
- Federal Constitution
- Federal Statutes
- State Constitution
- State Statutes
- Local Regulations
- Interpretive Rules
Chapter 2 - Important Licensing Considerations
- Licensing Purpose (Regulatory vs Revenue)
- Nexus – Place of Business
- Classification – Type of Business
- Assessment – Basis for Tax Calculation
- Equal Protection
Chapter 3 - Administration
- Cost Cutting
- Licensing and The Pareto Principle
- Calculation and presentation of cost recovery fees for approval
- Employment Law
Chapter 4 - Collection
- Courtesy Notices
- Data Sources
- Intercept Programs
- Underpayment Letters
Chapter 5 - Enforcement
Appendix A: Sample Forms