Professional Licensure

Important Note for Prospective Students:
If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in the state where you plan on living and working after graduating, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in that state BEFORE beginning the academic program at Trinidad State College. Please visit the specific program webpage for more information.

If you are considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in the state where you plan on living or working after graduating, please refer to this list to ensure that the professional licensure or certification will be valid in the state you will be working. Programs not listed have no national licensure examination required to practice in the profession.



  Cosmetology

Completion of the Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetician, Hairstylist, and Manicurist certificates prepare students to take the State of Colorado licensure boards/exams and has determined that the program meets the requirements for cosmetology licensing in the following states: AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MA, MI, NJ, MS, MO, NH, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA.

These programs do not meet the requirements for licensing in the following states: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, IA, MN, MT, NE, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WV, WI, WY.

Completion of the Barbering certificate prepares students to take the State of Colorado licensure boards/exams and has determined that the program meets the requirements for cosmetology licensing in the following states: AR, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, ME, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NM, NJ, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY.

The Barbering program has determined that the program does not meet the requirements for licensing in the following states: AK, AZ, ID, KY, MI, NC, OH, WV, WI.

Many states allow individuals who hold cosmetology licenses from other states to apply for licensure by reciprocity. Each state has different requirements for licensure by reciprocity, and students are encouraged to visit the Department of Regulator Affairs (DORA) for the state they want to practice in to get further specifics.
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  Criminal Justice

Trinidad State College’s criminal justice program does not prepare you to enter a police officer academy in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.
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  Early Childhood Education Level I/II and/or Early Childhood Education Director

In all fifty states and in all territories, teachers and directors of early childhood programs must be licensed. These vary widely and we recommend you visit the National Database of Childcare Licensing Regulations website to identify the requirements for the state in which you plan to live and practice. Trinidad State College can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program.
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  Emergency Medical Technology

Colorado is part of the EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA) multi-state compact agreement. This allows a qualified EMS professional licensed in their home state (in this case, Colorado) to be extended a privilege to practice in other compact states. In addition to Colorado, the other states include: ID, WY, UT, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO, IN, WV, VA, TN, SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, and TX.
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  Nurse Aide

All graduated nurse aide students must take and pass the NCLEX Nurse Aide licensure exam in the state or territory where you wish to be licensed. The TSC nurse aide program qualifies graduates to sit for the exam, and practice in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.
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  Nursing

A practical nurse must take, and pass, the NCLEX-PN exam in the state in which they plan to practice. The TSC practical nursing program qualifies students to sit for the NCLEX-PN in these states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C., American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.
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