Become a Board Member or Advisor

The Office of Professional Regulation, commonly known as “OPR,” is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Our mission is to protect the public from incompetent or unethical practitioners through a system of licensure that also assures a minimum barrier to enter a profession. We achieve this by supporting boards and advisor groups that oversee licensure of 50 professions (such as architects and tattooists) and approximately 58,000 licensees. Statutes and meeting notes for each profession are found on our website

Serving on a professional board with licensed practitioners and members of the public is a rewarding opportunity. Your contributions help us provide an important service to your community. Please see the current openings listed below.

The work of OPR includes these four distinct but essential components:

  • Licensing administration to issue and renew licenses to qualified individuals and businesses;
  • Independent enforcement capabilities to screen, investigate and prosecute complaints of unprofessional conduct;
  • An inspection program where necessary; and
  • An independent quasi-judicial administrative law division to adjudicate licensing and enforcement cases.

Duties and Details

  • Board membership is a gubernatorial appointment. The Governor may request nominations from any source but shall not be bound to select board members from among the persons nominated. (3 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 3, § 129b).
  • Advisors are appointed by the Secretary of State. The Secretary may request nominations from any source but shall not be bound to select advisors from among the persons nominated. (3 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 3, § 129b)
  • Vermont statutes governing board member and advisor appointments can be found in 3 V.S.A. Chapter 5 Subchapter 3.
  • Board members are appointed to serve for staggered five-year terms, serving not more than two consecutive terms, as regulated by statute. (Filling a vacancy created before the end of a term shall not be deemed as having created a term).
  • You may be asked to serve on an “I-team”, an investigative team including the OPR Case Manager and OPR Prosecuting Attorney that supports an investigation of unprofessional conduct. The investigations and materials will be assembled for you and shared prior to participating in a phone meeting that most often lasts about ½ hour. You may occasionally be asked additional questions to support an investigation.
  • Compensation is provided at $50.00 per board meeting, plus mileage reimbursement, as regulated by statute.
  • Due to the dynamic nature of these appointments, the Governor’s Office website may not match the opening identified by OPR. Please see our current vacancies and submit an application indicating the board(s) you are interested in serving.

Current vacancies (as of November 15, 2016)

Board meetings take place at OPR's Montpelier office. Depending on the agenda, meetings may run into the afternoon.

(link to governing statutes)
Vacancy Type Typical Meeting Schedule
Board of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons Public Member March, June, September, December
2nd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Real Estate Commission (Board) Public Member Monthly
4th Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Board of Professional Engineering Public Member Monthly
1st Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
Board of Real Estate Appraisers Professional Member Even Months
1st Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Board of Nursing Professional (LPN)


2nd Monday at 9:00 a.m.

Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners Professional (Non-Licensed / Non-Certified Counselor)


3rd Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners Public Member


3rd Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Wastewater Designer Advisor Member  
Wastewater Operator Advisor Member  

Application Information

Save the application to your computer before typing. If not enough space is provided for your answers, you may add an attachment. A résumé may also be attached. To send your application, click on the submit button on the last page. This will prepare an email with your application attached to Jessica Gingras, Director of Boards and Commissions (for a Gubernatorial Appointment application) or the Secretary of State's office (for an Advisor Appointment application). You may also attach other documents such as a resumé to this email. You will have an opportunity to review this email before sending.

Questions regarding board appointments

Jessica Gingras
Director, Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Governor’s Office (802) 828-3333

Questions regarding advisor appointments

Terry Gray
Administrative Services Manager
Office of Professional Regulation (802) 828-2191



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This page was last updated: 2016-11-15