The Regulated Industries

What Industries, professionals, and tradespersons fall within RICO’s enforcement authority?

In the interest of public health, welfare and safety, a professional or vocational license is required to perform certain services and work, in a regulated industry, for consumers. The professional or vocational license is not the same as a general excise tax license or business registration.  The professional and vocational licenses that RICO has enforcement authority over are managed by the Professional and Vocational Licensing Division (PVL) of the DCCA, and governed by the industry board, commission or program.

A professional or vocational license is a significant and unique achievement for the holder.   It cannot be loaned out to, or borrowed, by someone else.  The license assures the consumer that the industry person they will be hiring has the minimum level of education, training and experience needed to competently perform the specialized work.

The following is a list of the regulated industries and the professionals and tradespersons who perform their specialized services.

IndustryGoverning Board or Program in the DCCAProfession or Vocation Requiring a License / Registration (R) / Certificate (C) / Permit (Please note that this is not exhaustive)Governing Licensing Laws
AccountancyBoard of Public AccountancyAccountant Permit to Practice
Firm Permit to Practice
HRS Chapter 466
HAR Chapter 71
Activity DeskActivity Desk ProgramActivity Desk (R)HRS Chapter 468M
HAR Chapter 117
AcupunctureBoard of AcupunctureAcupuncturistHRS Chapter 436E
HAR Chapter 72
Appraisal (real estate)Appraisal Management Company ProgramAppraisal Management Company (R)HRS Chapter 466L
Athletic TrainersAthletic Trainers ProgramAthletic Trainers (R)HRS Chapter 436H
Barbering & CosmetologyBoard of Barbering and CosmetologyBarber
Barber Shop
Beauty Operator
Beauty Shop
Beauty Instructor
Beauty School
Beauty Apprentice
Barber Apprentice
For Barbering: HAR Chapter 438 HAR Chapter 73
For Cosmetology: HRS Chapter 439 HAR Chapter 78
Behavior AnalystsBehavior Analyst ProgramBehavior AnalystHRS Chapter 465D
BoxingHawaii State Boxing CommissionBoxer
HRS Chapter 440
HAR Chapter 74
CemeteryCemetery and Pre-Need Funeral Authority ProgramCemetery Authority
Pre-Need Funeral Authority
HRS Chapter 441
HAR Chapter 75
ChiropractorHawaii Board of ChiropracticChiropractorHRS Chapter 442
HAR Chapter 76
Collection AgencyCollection Agency ProgramCollection Agencies (R)
Exempt Out-of-State Collection Agency Designation (R)
HRS Chapter 443B
HAR Chapter 112
CondominiumCondominium Property Regimes Condominium – CPR Registration (R)HRS Chapter 514B (Limited enforcement authority)
ContractorContractor License BoardContractors –Sole Proprietor Responsible Managing Employee Entity General Engineering General Building Specialty ContractorsHRS Chapter 444 HAR Chapter 77
Dentist & Dental HygienistBoard of DentistryDentist
Dentist Temporary
Community Service Dentist Dental Hygienist
Temporary Community Service Dental Hygienist
For Dentist: HRS Chapter 448 HAR Chapter 79
For Dental Hygienist: HRS Chapter 447 HAR Chapter 79
Dispensing OpticianDispensing Optician ProgramDispensing OpticianHRS Chapter 458
HAR Chapter 91
Electricians & PlumbersBoard of Electricians and PlumbersElectrician PlumberHRS Chapter 448E
HAR Chapter 80
ElectrologistsElectrologist ProgramElectrologistHRS Chapter 448F
HAR Chapter 113
Elevator MechanicElevator Mechanics Licensing BoardElevator Mechanic
Elevator Mechanic Apprentice (R)
HRS Chapter 448H
HAR Chapter 81
Employment AgencyCommercial Employment Agency ProgramEmployment Agency
Employment Agency Principal Agent
HRS Chapter 373
HAR Chapter 108
Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, & Landscape Architects (EASLA)Board of Professional Engineers, Architects, Surveyors, & Landscape ArchitectsEngineer
Land Surveyor
Landscape Architect
HRS Chapter 464
HAR Chapter 115
Hearing Aid Dealer & FitterHearing Aid Dealer and Fitter ProgramHearing Aid Dealers and FittersHRS Chapter 451A
HAR Chapter 83
Marriage & Family TherapistMarriage and Family Therapist ProgramMarriage and Family TherapistHRS Chapter 451J
MassageBoard of Massage TherapyMassage Therapist
Massage Therapy Establishment
Massage Therapist Apprentice
HRS Chapter 452
HAR Chapter 84
Medical, Osteopathy & Medical AssistanceHawaii Medical Board
Physician Assistant
Osteopathic Physician
Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
Emergency Medical Technician Advanced ©
For Physician Assistant: HRS Chapter 453
HAR Chapter 85
For Physician: HRS Chapter 453 HAR Chapter 85
For Osteopath: HRS Chapter 453 HAR Chapter 93
For Podiatrist: HRS Chapter 463E HAR Chapter 85
For EMT: HRS Chapter 453 HAR Chapter 85
Mental Health CounselorMental Health Counselor Licensing ProgramMental Health CounselorHRS Chapter 453D
MidwivesMidwives Licsening ProgramMidwivesHRS Chapter 457J
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)Mixed Martial Arts Contests ProgramMixed Martial Arts Pro Contestant
Mixed Martial Arts Judge
Mixed Martial Arts Manager
Mixed Martial Arts Promoter
Mixed Martial Arts Referre
Mixed Martial Arts Second
HRS Chapter 440E
Motor Vehicle IndustryMotor Vehicle Industry Licensing BoardMotor Vehicle Salesperson
Motor Vehicle Dealer
Motor Vehicle Consumer Consultant (R)
HRS Chapter 437
HAR Chapter 86
Motor Vehicle RepairMotor Vehicle Repair Industry BoardMechanic
Motor Vehicle Repair Dealer
Motor Vehicle Salvage Repair Dealer
HRS Chapter 437B
HAR Chapter 87
NaturopathsBoard of Naturopathic MedicineNaturopath
Naturopathy Professional Corporation
HRS Chapter 455
HAR Chapter 88
Nurse AideCertified Nurse Aide ©HRS Chapter 457A
HAR Chapter 89A
NursingBoard of NursingLicensed Practical Nurse
Registered Nurse
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
APRN with Prescriptive Authority
Limited Practial Nurse
HRS Chapter 457
HAR Chapter 89
Nursing Home AdministratorNursing Home AdministratorNursing Home AdministratorHRS Chapter 457B
HAR Chapter 90
Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy ProgramOccupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy Assistant
HRS Chapter 457G
OptometryHawaii Board of OptometryOptometrist
Optometry Professional Corporation
HRS Chapter 459
HAR Chapter 92
Pest ControlPest Control BoardPest Control Operator
Pest Control Field Representative
HRS Chapter 460J
HAR Chapter 94
Pharmacy & PharmacistBoard of PharmacyPharmacist
Pharmacy -Miscellaneous Permit
Wholesale Prescription Drug Distributor
HRS Chapter 461
HAR Chapter 95
Physical TherapyBoard of Physical TherapyPhysical Therapist
Physical Therapist Assistant
HRS Chapter 461J
HAR Chapter 110
Port PilotPort Pilot ProgramPort Pilot
Deputy Port Pilot
HRS Chapter 462A
HAR Chapter 96
Private Detective & GuardBoard of Private Detectives and GuardsGuard Employee (R)
Guard Agency
Private Detective
Private Detective Agency
HRS Chapter 463
HAR Chapter 97
PsychologyBoard of PsychologyPsychologistHRS Chapter 465
HAR Chapter 98
Real EstateReal Estate CommissionReal Estate Salesperson
Real Estate Broker
Prelicense Education School (R)
Prelicense Instructor (C)
Condominum Hotel Operator (R)

HRS Chapter 467
HAR Chapter 99 HRS

Chapter 514B
Real Estate AppraisalReal Estate Appraiser ProgramState Licensed Appraiser
State Certified Residential Appraiser (C)
State Certified General Appraiser (C)
Real Estate Appraiser Trainee
Appraisal Management Company
HRS Chapter 466K
HAR Chapter 114
Respiratory TherapistRespiratory TherapistsRespiratory TherapistHRS Chapter 466D
Social WorkerSocial Worker ProgramLicensed Bachelor Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Social Worker
HRS Chapter 467E
Speech Pathology and AudiologyBoard of Speech Pathology and AudiologyAudiologist
Speech Pathologist
HRS Chapter 468E
HAR Chapter 100
Time ShareTime ShareDeveloper (R)
Plan Manager (R)
Acquisition Agent (R)
Exchange Agent ®
HRS Chapter 514E
HAR Chapter 106
Travel AgencyTravel Agency ProgramCharter Tour Operator (R)
Travel Agency (R)
HRS Chapter 468L
HAR Chapter 116
Uniform Athlete AgentUniform Athlete Agents ProgramUniform Athlete Agent (R)HRS Chapter 481E
VeterinaryHawaii Board of Veterinary MedicineVeterinarianHRS Chapter 471
HAR Chapter 101
VeterinaryVeterinary Technician ProgramVeterinary TechnicianHRS Chapter 472


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