Kansas licenses 35 out of 102 lower-income occupations (more than half of the occupations included in the study) . The state’s licensing laws are less burdensome than most other states. The state's licensing laws rank 40th in the nation. Kansas licensed occupations includes occupations that are rarely licensed elsewhere. Few other states license Psychiatric Technician (4 other), Funeral Attendant (3 other), Title Examiner (7 other).
On average, Kansas requires $160 in licensing fees, 199 days of education and about 2 exam.
Out of the 35 occupations that require an occupational license in Kansas, a license for Preschool Teacher, Public School has the highest burden. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $456 in fees, 2 exams, 1 year experience, and 4 years of education.
Out of the 35 occupations that require an occupational license in Kansas, a license for Fire Alarm Installer has the lowest burden. A Fire Alarm Installer license requires $0 in fees, no exams, no experience, and no of education.
An occupational license in Kansas costs the most for Athletic Trainer. A Athletic Trainer license requires $473 in fees, 1 exams, no experience, and 4 years of education.
An occupational license for in Kansas costs the least for Wildlife Control Operator, Bartender, Coach, Head (High School Sports), Fire Alarm Installer where the license costs $0.
In Kansas, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for Preschool Teacher, Public School. It takes 1825 days (5 years) total. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $456 in fees, 2 exams, 1 year experience, and 4 years of education.
In Kansas, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for Funeral Attendant, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Pest Control Applicator, Truck Driver, Other, Animal Breeder, Bartender, Title Examiner, Earth Driller, Water Well, Milk Sampler, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential), Gaming Cage Worker, Gaming Dealer, Gaming Supervisor, Slot Supervisor, Fire Alarm Installer.
In Kansas, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: Preschool Teacher, Public School, Athletic Trainer, Mobile Home Installer, Veterinary Technician, Cosmetologist, School Bus Driver, Barber, Shampooer, Skin Care Specialist, Makeup Artist, Psychiatric Technician, Manicurist, Emergency Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Funeral Attendant, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Pest Control Applicator, Truck Driver, Other, Wildlife Control Operator, Title Examiner, Earth Driller, Water Well, Milk Sampler. School Bus Driver requires 6 exams.
Kansas’ licensing laws for lower-income workers rank as the 40th most burdensome, requiring, on average, $133 in fees, 200 days of education and experience, and roughly two exams. Because Kansas licenses relatively few of the lower-income occupations studied here—35 out of 102—it ranks as the 45th most broadly and onerously licensed state.
Kansas licenses several occupations that are unlicensed elsewhere. For example, psychiatric technicians are licensed by just four other states but in Kansas must sacrifice the better part of a year to education (900 hours or roughly 210 days), pass an exam and pay a $146 fee to become licensed. Veterinary technicians, likewise, are licensed by only 35 other states yet must pay $330 in fees, lose two years (730 days) to education and pass two exams to work in Kansas.
Kansas also imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present greater risks to the public. For example, barbers and cosmetologists are two of Kansas’ most strictly licensed occupations. Both licenses require approximately 350 days (1,500 hours) of education. In addition, the barber license requires a $180 fee and three exams, while the cosmetology license requires $195 in fees and two exams. By comparison, Kansas’ EMT license requires only about 81 days (11.5 credit hours) of education, $130 in fees and two exams. Kansas should reduce or repeal some of its more burdensome and irrational licensing requirements, or—if government regulation is necessary—replace them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives.
|Burden Rank||Occupation||Number of States that License||Fees||Education/Experience (Days)||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|1||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||456||1825||4 years||1 year||2||0||0|
|2||Athletic Trainer||49||473||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|3||Mobile Home Installer||37||375||731||8 clock hours||2 years||2||0||18|
|4||Veterinary Technician||36||345||730||2 years||None||2||0||0|
|5||Cosmetologist||51||210||350||1500 clock hours||None||2||12||17|
|6||School Bus Driver||51||60||367||12 clock hours||1 year||6||0||21|
|7||Barber||51||180||280||1200 clock hours||None||3||12||16|
|7||Shampooer||33||180||280||1200 clock hours||None||3||12||16|
|9||Skin Care Specialist||51||195||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||12||17|
|10||Makeup Artist||37||180||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||12||17|
|11||Psychiatric Technician||4||138||210||900 clock hours||None||1||12||0|
|12||Manicurist||51||270||82||350 clock hours||None||2||12||17|
|13||Emergency Medical Technician||51||148||70||10 credit hours||None||2||12||17|
|14||Pharmacy Technician||44||243||117||500 clock hours||None||1||0||0|
|16||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||320||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|17||Child Care Home, Family||44||85||3||16 clock hours||None||0||12||18|
|18||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||50||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|19||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||40||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|20||Pest Control Applicator||51||230||0||None||None||2||0||18|
|21||Truck Driver, Other||51||40||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|23||Wildlife Control Operator||23||0||1||8 clock hours||None||1||0||16|
|26||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||145||0||None||None||1||0||0|
|27||Milk Sampler||43||35||0||1 clock hour||None||1||0||0|
|28||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||85||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|28||Landscape Contractor (Residential)||48||85||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|30||Gaming Cage Worker||30||60||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|34||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||0||1||4 clock hours||None||0||0||0|
|35||Fire Alarm Installer||39||0||0||None||None||0||0||0|
The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2022.View Report