Certification application

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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 NBRRO Ethical Code;
  • Maintain continuous active NBRRO 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 NBRRO 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 NBRRO Conference (14 CE hours).
  • Certified Licensing Official™ (CLO) requires:

    • Continuous active NBRRO membership;
    • Completion of two (2) NBRRO Conferences within three (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 NBRRO conferences;
    • Successful completion of a written test which includes questions pertaining to the legal aspects of business licensing;
    • Two (2) NBRRO 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 seven (7) or more NBRRO conferences;
    • Four (4) NBRRO 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. 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 the membership manager at membership@nbrro.org or download and mail the approval request form.


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 NBRRO membership and attend NBRRO annual conference courses at least once every two years, recertification is automatic. Candidates who wish to fulfil their continuing education requirements using non NBRRO 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 NBRRO sanctioned courses.

To recertify using non NBRRO continuing education, complete and submit the Affidavit for Required Continuing Education (to maintain your data secure, you must use Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader for this form) along with the processing fee. To avoid a certification lapse be sure to submit your continuing education verification prior to your certification expiration date.

NBRRO 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