Low-code cloud solution makes it easier for licensed professionals – 25% of the U.S. workforce – to apply for and track status of their license; enables governments to better manage enforcement and maximize staff productivity
Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for government, announced the general availability of its new Civic Application for Occupational Licensing. The cloud-based, user-friendly solution makes licensing review and approval for licensed occupations simpler and more transparent to foster economic growth, increase government responsiveness, and help professionals focus on maintaining community public health and safety. This is the latest addition to Accela’s suite of out-of-the-box SaaS Civic Applications, which are designed to help agencies provide “consumer-like” experiences for residents, shorten time to value, and come pre-built with valuable best practices.
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“Efficient, effective, and scalable online occupational licensing enables jurisdictions to expedite workforce participation, fuel economic growth, and build trust with residents and business owners,” said Troy Coggiola, Chief Product Officer at Accela. “Our new Civic Application for Occupational Licensing is a quick-to-implement cloud solution that removes many of the complex and cumbersome processes that can be challenging for licensees, and helps government agencies streamline and accelerate every step of the process to enhance community health and safety and increase employee productivity. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of system flexibility as occupational licensing policies are flexed to quickly accommodate expedited temporary licensing for retired, out-of-state, and pre-exam nurses, doctors, and other professionals. With a multitude of license types supported out of the box, the powerful underlying platform also enables jurisdictions to rapidly adjust to the challenges of the current public health crisis and beyond.”
In total, about 25 percent of the U.S. workforce is employed in an occupation licensed at the state level. These vary across each state and include accountants, barbers, chiropractors, dentists, lawyers, nurses, pharmacists, and more. The occupational licensing process is critical in enforcing important public safeguards while establishing clear guidelines for licensed professionals. Traditional methods can pose a variety of challenges, including a lack of transparency into the application status, long application or renewal processing times, difficulty validating education or work credentials, and lost or misplaced documentation.
Accela’s Civic Application for Occupational Licensing simplifies the entire license application and review process from start to finish, including submitting applications, paying the appropriate fees, providing education credentials and certifications, and tracking the application throughout the approval process. The solution moves all workflows and functions online, removing paper-based and manual steps to streamline the complexities of the licensing process and create transparent workflows for applicants. An easy-to-use online portal provides professionals with clear guidelines to obtain or renew licenses and makes it simple for applicants to upload documentation such as continuing education verification, reference letters, or work history. Agency staff have access to automated workflows and intelligent routing, which help improve data-sharing, speed up the review and issuance process, and execute public safeguards and proper code enforcement.
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