Certification Purpose:

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 a Requirements Verification Form

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:

    • Continuous Active NBBLO Membership
    • Completion of Two (2) NBBLO Conferences within 3 years
    • 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.

Continuing Education

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.

What Qualifies

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 (866) 963-0963 or e-mail the scanned form to Ken Musgrave at ken@nbblo.org or download and mail the approval request form.

Recertification

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 is automatic. Candidates who wish to fulfil their continuing education requirements using non NBBLO 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.

To recertify using non NBBLO continuing education, complete and submit the Affidavit for Required Continuing Education along with the processing fee. To avoid a certification lapse be sure to submit your continuing education verification prior to your certification expiration date.

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
    • Exemptions
  • Chapter 3 - Administration

    • Automation
    • Cost Cutting
    • Licensing and The Pareto Principle
    • Calculation and presentation of cost recovery fees for approval
    • Employment Law
    • Ethics
  • Chapter 4 - Collection

    • Courtesy Notices
    • Data Sources
    • Intercept Programs
    • Invoices
    • Liens
    • Renewals
    • Delinquents
    • Underpayment Letters
  • Chapter 5 - Enforcement

  • Appendix A: Sample Forms