Translations part of ongoing efforts to remove regulatory barriers to licensure (NOTE: A Spanish-language version of this press release may be found here)
DENVER - The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) has partnered with vendor PSI to translate electrical and plumbing exams into Spanish. The translated exams are now available through PSI.
DPO, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), regulates electricians and plumbers, as well as dozens of other fields. The division already offers applications for licensure in Spanish for both plumbing and electrical as part of its overarching efforts to increase accessibility to Colorado’s workforce.
More than 2,100 electricians and plumbers were newly licensed in 2021.
“DPO and DORA have been nationally recognized as leaders in reducing regulatory barriers for licensed professionals and are pleased to announce these latest Spanish-language translations for electricians and plumbers,” DPO Director Ronne Hines said. “Other recent initiatives have included reduced licensing times, meeting the needs created by health care emergencies, and boosting aid for workers who have historically faced difficulties with licensure.
“These efforts to clear pathways to licensure will only continue to grow.”
State law mandates that plumbers and electricians seeking initial licensure in Colorado pass an exam in order to receive a residential, journeyman, or masters license. Previous license holders in Colorado who have allowed their license to expire for more than two years and are seeking to reinstate must also retake the exam.
Individuals wishing to be licensed in Colorado as a residential, journeyman or master plumber / electrician should take the exam prior to applying after gaining the requisite hourly experience in the field.
Applicants may visit www.psiexams.com to create, register and schedule these exams and access a Spanish-language tutorial on the exam. Please visit the Government/State Licensing section to apply on PSI’s site.
PSI has a dedicated Colorado candidate hotline in English at 1-855-898-0710. Those wishing to schedule an exam may also call 800-367-1565 extension 6733 for assistance in Spanish. Colorado’s plumbing and electrical boards do not issue approvals for the exam and prospective applicants must contact PSI directly to schedule as part of the current registration process.
Those passing the exam may then apply to the respective electrical or plumbing boards using an online application at dpo.colorado.gov. Submission of exam results, affidavits of experience, proof of training, etc. and links to everything necessary to apply can be found on the site.
About Division of Professions and Occupations
The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) is part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and is its largest licensing and regulatory division. It regulates more than 450,000 licensees within about 50 professions, occupations and business entities, accounting for nearly 15 percent of the state’s workforce. DPO’s primary mission is consumer protection with a special emphasis on the health, safety and welfare of all Coloradans. Consumers with questions, concerns or complaints can contact the Division of Professions and Occupations at 303-894-7800 or visit dpo.colorado.gov.
The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information.