How to Get a License or Permit For Work As an Alabama Sign Language Interpreter Or Transliterator

Although a relatively small field, there are about 200 licensed or permitted sign language interpreters in Alabama. There are some differences between getting a license and permit, as they have separate qualifications. It is a little more difficult to get a license, but it is best to go that route if you can qualify. It just may take a bit longer. There is also the option of getting a permit first and then working to get a license.

To get a license as an Alabama sign language interpreter or transliterator, you are going to first need national certification from one of two organizations. They are the National Association For The Deaf, which is NAD, and the Registry of Interpreters For The Deaf, which is RID. The next step in getting an Alabama license is to pass a Code of Ethics exam.

Note: Contact the Board about how to apply for and take a Code of Ethics exam. There is little to no specific information on this online.

If you don’t yet qualify for a license but want to get a permit, you still need to pass a performance assessment to prove that you are competent as a sign language interpreter. There are a number of assessments in the field that you can take, and you need only one of them. The Department of Labor lists the following assessment options: RID, NAD, Georgia Quality Assessment, Florida Quality Assessment, Educational Interpreter Evaluation, English Signing System Evaluation, and Education Interpreter Performance Assessment. But to get a permit, you must also pass the same Code of Ethics exam as that given to license applicants.

If applying for a license or permit, you need to send an application to the Alabama Licensure Board For Interpreters And Transliterators. Here is their contact information:

PO Box 240178
Montgomery, AL 36124

Also, here is the page with all the application forms. You might also be able to apply online using the links on the second page listed below:

The source for much of the information in this article is from the Alabama Department of Labor.

How to Get an Alabama Security Alarm Installer License

A security alarm installer in Alabama is licensed to install both security and fire alarms. This job does not provide authority to do other types of electrician work, as this is a specialty category. However, licensing does include repairing, maintaining, and programming the alarms. The Department of Labor says that there are about 1500 licensed installers in Alabama.

The first step in licensing is to actually get a job with an installation company. This must be only after turning 18 years of age and obtaining a high school diploma.

After getting hired, the installer applicant has 6 months to pass one of two tests. One is the Alabama Electronic Board of Licensure exam, or AESBL, and other is the National Training School Level 1 test. However, if the applicant chooses to take the AESBL, he or she must also take and pass the NTS Level 1 within 12 months after obtaining employment with the security alarm company.

Tip: Looking at these qualifications, it appears to be better to take the NTS Level 1 first since that completes the installer license testing requirements all by itself. Otherwise, you are going to have to pass both tests.

In a couple of cases, the Department of Labor says that there is a course requirement:

1. CCTV systems installers must complete an NTS Level 1 or NTS Video Systems Technology course, and
2. electronic access control systems installers must complete NTS Level 1, NTS Electronic Access Control, or ALOA Access Control (the 2-day course).

All applicants must also complete fingerprints for a background check.

The Alabama Electronic Security Board of Licensure may be reached at 334-264-9388. Their address is 7956 Vaughan Road, Suite PMB 392, Montgomery, AL 36116. The website is

Here is a list of certification courses approved by the Electronic Security Board of Licensure. Contact the course providers about testing requirements.

And here is the application form for individual installers and alarm companies.

How to Become a Licensed School Bus Driver In Alabama

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, there are approximately 15,000 school bus drivers in the state. There are really two types of licenses an applicant must get to become a school bus driver in Alabama. The first is a driver’s license from the Department of Public Safety. The second is a school-bus-specific license from the Department of Education. This one is also called a “School Bus Driver Certificate.” Use the link above for a more comprehensive list of requirements and contact information.

In addition to testing for the two licenses, applicants must also receive about 16 hours of training. A minimum of 12 of these hours must be completed through the Department of Education’s school bus driver training program.

Department of Public Safety Licensing:

Applicants go to the local driver’s license office to get this. You must test for and receive a Class B commercial driver’s license, and it must include a PNS endorsement. A CDL requires what you would expect, which is passage of a written test and a driving test.

Department of Education Certification:

The SDE also has its own written and performance tests. To get this, you should contact the Transportation Section of the local Board of Education. They will have the necessary application forms.

Note On Other Qualifications:

Both a criminal background check and drug testing must be successfully completed for work as an Alabama school bus driver. There is also a fee for this background check, which was about $52 in 2013. For the current CDL fee, contact your local driver’s license office.

How to Become a Licensed Alabama Real Estate Salesperson (Agent)

The Alabama Real Estate Commission regulates the profession and license qualifications for real estate salespersons, who are sometimes referred to as real estate agents. You can contact the Commission at 1201 Carmichael Way, Montgomery, AL 36106. For telephone inquiries, the number is 334-242-5544.

There are approximately 9000 salespersons in Alabama for real estate. This job should has similar qualifications as the ones for a real estate broker. However, a broker typically must first be a salesperson for 2 years. So if you want to sell real estate in Alabama, your typical route is to first become a salesperson.

Real estate professionals in Alabama must be at least 19 and have a high school education. You also cannot have any felony or moral-turpitude-related convictions.

You will also have to attend a real estate salesperson course and pass an exam to get licensed in this state. The course lasts 60 hours. To find out where you can complete this course, the Alabama Real Estate Commission maintains a database of approved courses. You can search for a course by using the Course Search page on the Commission’s website.

After completing the salesperson course, you can then register to take the exam. As of 2016, this test was given by Applied Measurement Professionals. Use this page on the Commission’s website to learn how to register for the test.

There are no application forms that can be obtained online. Rather, you go to take your test and then receive the application at that test center. But to familiarize yourself with all the license requirements, you can click here and see a sample application.


Alabama Labor Department

How to Obtain an Alabama Real Estate Broker License

Alabama has close to 7000 real estate brokers. While salespersons work as agents, brokers can also run real estate offices and sometimes supervise agents or other brokers. The general rule is that a broker must first have 2 years of experience as a salesperson before betting licensed as a broker.

This job is licensed by the Alabama Real Estate Commission. This government agency is located at 1201 Carmichael Way, Montgomery, AL 36106. For telephone inquiries, the number is 334-242-5544.

An applicant to become a real estate broker in Alabama must be at least 19 and have a high school education. This is a trust position, so any criminal record for a felony or crime involving moral turpitude is a disqualifier. As part of this, you will have to submit fingerprints and pass a background check. Like many licensed occupations, there are also education, experience, and exam requirements.

In addition to the two years as a salesperson (the experience requirement), there is a 60-hour real estate broker course. Only after successful completion of the course and work experience can an applicant sit for the exam.

Note on Reciprocity: If you already have a real estate broker license from another state, you may contact the board for instructions on getting a reciprocal license.

To get license application forms and other information, you can use the Commission’s website, which is at I have posted some of the more important web pages here to save you time.

Here is a sample broker application. Use this to check out license requirement details. But this is not an official form. You will receive an official copy at the testing site. You should just look at it for now to get info on the various license fees and so forth.

Use the Course Search page to find approved real estate courses for your education requirements.

Exam locations and links to registration forms can be found here. At the time of this post, Applied Measurement Professionals was administering the exam for Alabama applicants. The test was $75 at that time.


Alabama Labor Department

How to Get an Alabama Real Estate Appraiser License

A real estate appraiser in Alabama is licensed to appraise the value of residential or commercial real property. Also, this job category involves tax assessment in some cases.

The Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board issues this license type. According to the Department of Labor, there are approximately 1300 licensed appraisers in the state. About half have a general license, which includes the authorization to do work on commercial properties. The others are authorized for residential properties only.

Applicants must be at least 19 and have some educational and experience requirements before applying, including high school graduation. They then submit an application to take the appraiser exam. Once having passed the exam, the Real Estate Appraisers Board would then issue a license if the applicant is otherwise qualified.

The board has a website at You can go there for additional information. But I have included a summary of the license acquisition process below. Also, the Board has a qualification checklist here:

Note that the information for the checklist might change. So check the website for possible updates, as Alabama sometimes changes its education, experience, and testing requirements for real estate appraisers.

There are multiple categories of appraisers in Alabama, including trainee real property appraiser, state registered real property appraiser, licensed real property appraiser, certified residential real property appraiser, and certified general real property appraiser.

It is best to become licensed or certified instead of just “state registered.” That is because those without the full license or certification cannot appraise “federally related property.” But it also better to be certified than merely licensed because licensed appraisers have limits on the value of properties they are allowed to appraise. Those who want to make a serious career in this field should ideally go for certification, especially for “certified general real property appraiser.”

Only the trainee category does not require experience. You will need to find an approved mentor to work as a trainee. Contact the Board if you don’t know a mentor who is available to train you.

For experience, you need about 2000 hours to become licensed, about 2500 hours for certified residential, and 3000 hours for certified general, with half of the 3000 spent on commercial properties.

As far as education, here is a list of approved courses:

What I would do is call one of the education providers and ask them the current complete educational requirements, as they are different for each license category. Briefly, though, you are going to need 30 semester hours to be licensed and a bachelor’s degree to be certified, plus separate appraiser course hours.

Instructions for how to apply to take the real estate appraiser exam are provided after you submit your application. And here is the direct link to the Alabama real estate appraiser application and instructions to fill out the form:

The Board can be reached at 334-242-8747. The address is PO Box 304355, Montgomery, AL 36130.


Alabama Department of Labor

How to Become a Licensed Alabama Psychologist or Psychological Technician

Alabama does not have a very favorable licensing program for psychologists unless you have a doctoral degree. If you do have a doctoral degree, though, that can be a big plus because those with a master’s degree can only become psychological technicians.

As a result, there are few psychological technicians in Alabama because it is not a very desirable license. For technicians, you must get a master’s degree but still aren’t really a psychologist. Comparatively, there are far more licensed psychologists.

So while the educational requirements are different, both Alabama psychologist and psychology technician license applicants take the same exams. They include the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the Professional Standards Examination, or PSE. The EPPP is a national test, administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. The PSE is a test on Alabama state law.

To learn more about the EPPP, you can download a Candidate Handbook:

The PSE covers licensing law in Alabama, the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and the APA General Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services.

You fill out and send in a license application first to the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology to get authorization to test for the EPPP. If you pass that and are qualified to get a license, then you will receive instructions on taking the PSE.

You don’t need a specific amount of experience to become an Alabama psychologist or psychological technician. But you do need professional references. And as part of your psychology degree program, you would generally have internship or training programs that will allow you to get these references since you will be working with actual psychologists.

For psychologists, you need 4 references from psychologists, with at least 3 of them being doctorate-level psychologists. One should be from your psychology school, like a department head or dissertation supervisor. Another should be from an internship supervisor or director of internship training. If you attended more than one internship, then you need a reference from all of them, not just one. And only if you have previous experience, you need one from a supervisor or colleague.

Psychological technicians need 4 references, as well. One must be from either a psychologist or licensed technician. Another must be from your graduate program, and yet another should be from your practicum supervisor.

To see the detailed list of requirements and application instructions for Alabama psychologists and psychology technicians, you can click here and choose the desired link:

As of 2015, the EPPP exam is $600, and the PSE exam is $50. The direct Board fees are $350 for the psychologist license application, and $227.50 for the psychological technician application.

Here are some contact details so you can get application forms and ask any questions:

Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology
660 Adams Avenue
Suite 360
Montgomery, AL 36104

How to Become a Licensed Polygraph Examiner In Alabama

As of 2015, there were roughly 100 full-time polygraph examiners in the state of Alabama. They are licensed by the Alabama Polygraph Examiner’s Board.

To qualify to conduct lie detector tests in Alabama, you must first be 21. You must also be a US citizen and have no criminal background.

The next requirement is to have either some education or experience. You could either have a bachelor’s degree or 5 years of investigative work. But the 5 years of work must be continuous and immediately before your Alabama polygraph examiner license application submission date.

The Board also approves polygraph examiner courses. And you must complete one of them.

Total newbies cannot get a license. Instead, you must have at least 6 months of training in an internship.

The last major qualification is to pass an Alabama polygraph examiner licensing exam.

Note that, even if you otherwise qualify to get a license, you must submit a $5000 surety bond.

After you have done everything except the exam, you then fill out an application. The Board will then schedule you for your exam if you qualify to be licensed based on all the other factors.

You will also have to do an interview and submit proof of having completed at least 10 polygpraph exams on actual people. Presumably, you would do this as part of your internship training.

Note on Schools:

There aren’t so many polygraph exam courses. In fact, as of 2014, there were none in Alabama. The Department of Labor listed some area schools in its report on Alabama licensed occupations. They include the Academy of Polygraph Science (Florida), the International Academy of Polygraph (Florida), American International Institute of Polygraph (Georgia), and Troy University Polygraph Center (Georgia).

The full list of approved schools can be found here:

To get license application or intern registration forms, use the following contact information:

Alabama Polygraph Examiners Board
301 S. Ripley St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone 334-353-1881

As of 2014, there were separate application and license fees of $150. The internship license fee was $100.

How To Get an Alabama Podiatry License

Candidates seeking to become a podiatrist in Alabama have a number of challenging requirements. They can generally be described as educational, residency (training and experience), and exam qualifications. Before practicing, candidates need to get a license from the Alabama State Board of Podiatry.

First, you would need to graduate from a college of podiatry. These schools or colleges are recognized/accredited by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Second, you need to complete a residency. This will give you actual clinical training and experience under a licensed podiatrist. The American Podiatric Medical Association also approves podiatry residencies.

View the list of podiatric medical colleges here:

There are very few approved schools. As of 2015, there were none in Alabama.

And here is the list of approved podiatric residency programs:

There is also a National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners exam (the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam). There are several parts to this exam, and you have to pass all of them to become an Alabama podiatrist. Use the following page to access the candidate bulletins for each exam:

That’s not it for testing because you then have a state podiatric exam that deals with the laws and regulations governing the practice of podiatry in the state of Alabama, administered by the State Board of Podiatry. For example, podiatrists in Alabama may not amputate a foot or administer general anesthesia. The Board’s website has an Applicant section with the Alabama podiatric laws, rules and regulations. You will receive information on taking your state test after you apply for a license.

The Board’s website does not have to copy of license or exam application forms. You need to call for an application unless you can pick one up from your podiatry school or something like that. Here is their contact information:

Alabama State Board of Podiatry
610 South McDonough Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

All together, the license and state podiatry exam fees are about $250, as of 2015. But that does not include the national exam fee. As of 2015, there are 3 parts, and they are $900 each. There is now a Part II CSPE, which was $1230 when I checked. Since this is new, check with the Board to see if you have to pass both Part II exams.

How To Become a Licensed Alabama Plumber Or Gas Fitter (Master, Journeyman, Apprentice, And Medical Gas)

The Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board provides licenses or registration of master, journeyman, and apprentice plumbing and gas-fitting specialists. Including apprentices, there are over 12,000 such licensed individuals in Alabama.

Note that there are six different license types issued by this Board. They include the following:

1. Apprentice
2. Journeyman Plumber
3. Journeyman Gas Fitter
4. Master Plumber
5. Master Gas Fitter
6. Medical Gas License

An apprentice does not need to take an exam, but does need to register. This is important because work as an apprentice can qualify you for the higher levels.

To become a journeyman plumber or gas fitter, you must complete an approved apprentice program or work 2 years as a registered apprentice, plus take the journeyman exam

To become a master plumber or gas fitter, you must be certified for at least one year as a journeyman, plus pass the master-level exam.

Those who want an Alabama medical gas license (endorsement) must be certified by the National Institute of Testing And Certification. You can reach that organization at 504-885-0748.

Because these requirements may change, you can check for updates by going to the website of the Alabama Plumbers And Gas Fitters Examining Board and clicking on “Requirements And Fees.”

The exams are totally different for plumbers and gas fitters. They are specific to that discipline. If you are ready to register for a test, then go to the Exams page on the Board’s site:

Note: It is possible to become both a plumber and gas fitter. That way, you could offer both services to clients. But you need to test separately for each discipline.

If you are applying to be an Alabama plumbing or gas-fitting apprentice, then you don’t have to take a test. But you need to register using the form on the page below:

As of 2015, I didn’t see any list of approved apprenticeships on the Board’s website. If you are looking for approved programs, then use the contact information to inquire about them. The same goes for the information bulletins for the exams. They were conveniently missing from the site when I checked.

Alabama Plumbers And Gas Fitters Examining Board
11 West Oxmoor
Suite 104
Birmingham, AL 35209