Education Law

Article 130 General Provisions
Subarticle 2, State Management

§6506 Supervision by the board of regents. | §6507 Administration by the education department. | §6507-a Registration fee surcharge. | §6508 Assistance by state boards for the professions.

§6506 Supervision by the board of regents.

The board of regents shall supervise the admission to and the practice of the professions. In supervising, the board of regents may:

  1. Promulgate rules, except that no rule shall be promulgated concerning article 131-A of this chapter;
  2. Establish by rule, high school, preprofessional, professional and other educational qualifications required for licensing in the professions regulated by this title;
  3. Charter schools offering educational programs for the professions regulated by this title, and no such school shall operate in this state without such a charter, except Columbia University, any school chartered by special act of the legislature prior to September one, nineteen hundred seventy-one, and schools specifically authorized to conduct such programs by the regents;
  4. Appoint such committees as it deems necessary and compensate members of such committees who are not members of the board of regents or the department up to one hundred dollars per day for each day devoted to committee functions, together with their necessary expenses;
  5. Waive education, experience and examination requirements for a professional license prescribed in the article relating to the profession, provided the board of regents shall be satisfied that the requirements of such article have been substantially met;
  6. Indorse a license issued by a licensing board of another state or country upon the applicant fulfilling the following requirements:
    1. Application: file an application with the department;
    2. Education: meet educational requirements in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    3. Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    4. Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    5. Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Citizenship or immigration status: be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States;
    7. Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    8. Prior professional conduct: where an application is submitted for licensure endorsement in any profession regulated by this title and the board of regents determines that while engaged in practice in another jurisdiction the applicant: (i) has been subject to disciplinary action by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of such other jurisdiction, where the conduct upon which the disciplinary action was based would, if committed in New York state, constitute practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope, with gross incompetence, with gross negligence on a particular occasion, or with negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion under the laws of New York state, or (ii) has voluntarily or otherwise surrendered his or her professional license in another jurisdiction after a disciplinary action was instituted by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of such other jurisdiction, based on conduct that would, if committed in New York state, constitute practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope, with gross incompetence, with gross negligence on a particular occasion, or with negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion under the laws of New York state, the board of regents shall evaluate the conduct and may deny licensure endorsement to the applicant based on such conduct;
  7. Direct the department to remedy any error, omission, delay or other circumstance in the issuance or registration of a license;
  8. Designate a professional conduct officer, who shall be the chief administrative officer of the office of the professions, or his designee, in connection with professional licensing and misconduct proceedings and criminal matters, such officer to be empowered to issue subpoenas and administer oaths in connection with such proceedings;
  9. Establish by rule, standards of conduct with respect to advertising, fee splitting, practicing under a name other than that of the individual licensee (when not specifically authorized), proper use of academic or professional degrees or titles tending to imply professional status, and such other ethical practices as such board shall deem necessary, except that no rule shall be established concerning article 131-A of this chapter; and
  10. Delegate to department officers the disposition of any licensing matters pursuant to rules.

§6507 Administration by the education department.

  1. The commissioner and the department shall administer the admission to and the practice of the professions.
  2. In administering, the commissioner may:
    1. Promulgate regulations, except that no regulations shall be promulgated concerning article 131-A of this chapter;
    2. Conduct investigations;
    3. Issue subpoenas;
    4. Grant immunity from prosecution in accordance with section 50.20 of the criminal procedure law to anyone subpoenaed in any investigation or hearing conducted pursuant to this title; and
    5. Excuse, for cause acceptable to the commissioner, the failure to register with the department. Such excuse shall validate and authorize such practitioner's right to practice pending registration.
  3. The department assisted by the board for each profession, shall:
    1. Establish standards for preprofessional and professional education, experience and licensing examinations as required to implement the article for each profession. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commissioner shall establish standards requiring that all persons applying, on or after January first, nineteen hundred ninety-one, initially, or for the renewal of, a license, registration or limited permit to be a physician, chiropractor, dentist, registered nurse, podiatrist, optometrist, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed master social worker, licensed clinical social worker, licensed creative arts therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed mental health counselor, licensed psychoanalyst, dental hygienist, licensed behavior analyst, or certified behavior analyst assistant shall, in addition to all the other licensure, certification or permit requirements, have completed two hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. The coursework or training shall be obtained from an institution or provider which has been approved by the department to provide such coursework or training. The coursework or training shall include information regarding the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and maltreatment and the statutory reporting requirements set out in sections four hundred thirteen through four hundred twenty of the social services law, including but not limited to, when and how a report must be made, what other actions the reporter is mandated or authorized to take, the legal protections afforded reporters, and the consequences for failing to report. Such coursework or training may also include information regarding the physical and behavioral indicators of the abuse of individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities and voluntary reporting of abused or neglected adults to the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities or the local adult protective services unit. Each applicant shall provide the department with documentation showing that he or she has completed the required training. The department shall provide an exemption from the child abuse and maltreatment training requirements to any applicant who requests such an exemption and who shows, to the department's satisfaction, that there would be no need because of the nature of his or her practice for him or her to complete such training;
    2. Review qualifications in connection with licensing requirements; and
    3. Provide for licensing examinations and reexaminations.
  4. The department shall:
    1. Register or approve educational programs designed for the purpose of providing professional preparation which meet standards established by the department.
    2. Issue licenses, registrations, and limited permits to qualified applicants;
    3. (i) Issue a certificate of authority to a qualified professional service corporation being organized under section fifteen hundred three of the business corporation law or to a university faculty practice corporation being organized under section fourteen hundred twelve of the not-for-profit corporation law on payment of a fee of ninety dollars, (ii) require such corporations to file a certified copy of each certificate of incorporation and amendment thereto within thirty days after the filing of such certificate or amendment on payment of a fee of twenty dollars, (iii) require such corporations to file a triennial statement required by section fifteen hundred fourteen of the business corporation law on payment of a fee of one hundred five dollars.
    4. Revoke limited permits on the recommendation of the committee on professional conduct for the profession concerned, except for limited permits issued to physicians, physician's assistants and specialist's assistants which shall be subject to sections two hundred thirty, two hundred thirty-a, two hundred thirty-b and two hundred thirty-c of the public health law;
    5. Maintain public records of licenses issued and retain in its files identifying data concerning each person to whom a license has been issued;
    6. Collect the fees prescribed by this title or otherwise provided by law;
    7. Prepare an annual report for the legislature, the governor and other executive offices, the state boards for the professions, professional societies, consumer agencies and other interested persons. Such report shall include but not be limited to a description and analysis of the administrative procedures and operations of the department based upon a statistical summary relating to (i) new licensure, (ii) discipline, (iii) complaint, investigation, and hearing backlog, (iv) budget, and (v) the state boards for the professions. Information provided shall be enumerated by profession; and
    8. Establish an administrative unit which shall be responsible for the investigation, prosecution and determination of alleged violations of professional conduct.
  5. Where an application is submitted for licensure or a limited permit in any profession regulated by this title and the commissioner determines that while engaged in practice in another jurisdiction: (i) the applicant has been subject to disciplinary action by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of such other jurisdiction, where the conduct upon which the disciplinary action was based would, if committed in New York state, constitute practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope, with gross incompetence, with gross negligence on a particular occasion, or with negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion under the laws of New York state, or (ii) the applicant has voluntarily or otherwise surrendered his or her professional license in another jurisdiction after a disciplinary action was instituted by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of such other jurisdiction based on conduct that would, if committed in New York state, constitute practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope, with gross incompetence, with gross negligence on a particular occasion, or with negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion under the laws of New York state, the department shall evaluate the conduct and the commissioner may deny licensure or issuance of a limited permit to the applicant based on such conduct.
  6. The commissioner and the department shall perform any other functions necessary to implement this title.

§6507-a Registration fee surcharge.

The commissioner is hereby authorized to impose and collect a fifteen percent surcharge, rounded upward to the nearest dollar, on any professional registration fee imposed under this title that is subject to deposit in the office of the professions account established pursuant to section ninety-seven-nnn of the state finance law. Such surcharge shall not be imposed on any such fee dedicated for deposit in the professional medical conduct account. [Effective September 25, 2009]


§6508 Assistance by state boards for the professions.

  1. A board for each profession shall be appointed by the board of regents on the recommendation of the commissioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the department on matters of professional licensing, practice, and conduct. The composition of each board shall be as prescribed in the article relating to each profession. Within each board a committee on licensing may be appointed by the board chairman.Except as provided in paragraph (a) of this subdivision, the membership of each professional licensing board shall be increased by one member, and each such board shall have at least one public representative who shall be selected by the board of regents from the general public.
    1. The membership of the professional licensing boards created under sections sixty-five hundred twenty-three, sixty-eight hundred four, sixty-nine hundred three, and seventy-four hundred three of this chapter shall be increased by two members, and each such board shall have at least two public representatives, who shall be selected by the board of regents from the general public.
    2. For the purposes of this title, a "public representative" shall be a person who is a consumer of services provided by those licensed or otherwise supervised or regulated by the boards created hereunder, and shall not be, nor within five years immediately preceding appointment have been:
      1. a licensee or person otherwise subject to the supervision or regulation of the board to which appointed; or
      2. a person maintaining a contractual relationship with a licensee of such board, which would constitute more than two percentum of the practice or business of any such licensee, or an officer, director, or representative of such person or group of persons.
  2. Each board, or its committee on licensing, shall select or prepare examinations, may conduct oral and practical examinations and reexaminations, shall fix passing grades, and assist the department in other licensing matters as prescribed by the board of regents.
  3. Each board shall conduct disciplinary proceedings as prescribed in this article and shall assist in other professional conduct matters as prescribed by the board of regents.
  4. Members of each board shall be appointed by the board of regents for five-year terms except that the terms of those first appointed shall be arranged so that as nearly as possible an equal number shall terminate annually. A vacancy occurring during a term shall be filled by an appointment by the board of regents for the unexpired term. Each state professional association or society may nominate one or more candidates for each appointment to be made to the board for its profession, but the board of regents shall not be required to appoint candidates so nominated. Former members of a board may be re-appointed by the board of regents, on the recommendation of the commissioner, to serve as members of the board solely for the purposes of disciplinary proceedings, proceedings relating to the moral character of an applicant for licensure, and proceedings relating to applications for the restoration of a professional license. In addition, each board shall establish a roster of auxiliary members from candidates nominated by professional associations or societies for appointment by the board of regents, on the recommendation of the commissioner, to serve as members of the board solely for the purposes of disciplinary proceedings, proceedings relating to the moral character of an applicant for licensure, and proceedings relating to applications for the restoration of a professional license.
  5. Each member of a board shall receive a certificate of appointment, shall before beginning his term of office file a constitutional oath of office with the secretary of state, shall receive up to one hundred dollars as prescribed by the board of regents for each day devoted to board work, and shall be reimbursed for his necessary expenses. Any member may be removed from a board by the board of regents for misconduct, incapacity or neglect of duty.
  6. Each board shall elect from its members a chairman and vice-chairman annually, shall meet upon call of the chairman or the department, and may adopt bylaws consistent with this title and approved by the board of regents. A quorum for the transaction of business by the board shall be a majority of members but not less than five members.
  7. An executive secretary to each board shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner. Such executive secretary shall not be a member of the board, shall hold office at the pleasure of, and shall have the powers, duties and annual salary prescribed by the board of regents.
Last Updated: June 5, 2014