Board Information

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Welcome to the Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

The Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners is pleased to make this web site available to share licensing and regulatory information with you.

Respiratory Care Practitioners provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems.For specific statutory or administrative rule provisions, please go to the "Regulations" tab at left and follow the links provided.



The Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners recently changed their continuing education rules. Click here to read the December 2019 newsletter for more information.


On this website, you can find information about the requirements to become licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in Montana. You also can verify who is already licensed via the Department's free, public, Licensee Lookup service.

This website also is your portal to statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the Board of Respiratory Care, as well as information about board meetings (including agendas and minutes from past meetings) and a section on frequently asked questions.

You can start your search for information by either selecting a tab in the left hand area of the page or a "quick link" on the right side. 

The Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our web site. 


Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners.


If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880



If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners:

Missy Poortenga, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2380



If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696



If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312


Mailing Address:

Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513


Physical Address:

Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held twice a year, in February and August. Please use the link provided below to see the most recent meeting information.

Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts of meetings (Screening Panel and Executive Session) that are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. Members serve 4 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at

Justin O'Brien, Public Member  
William Carmichael, Respiratory Care Practitioner
Tony Miller, Respiratory Care Practitioner (Sleep studies specialist)
Leonard Bates, Respiratory Care Practitioner
Rusty Davies, Respiratory Care Practitioner

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

Clinical Practice Guidelines

American Association For Respiratory Care Position Statements

American Association for Respiratory Care

License Information

Individuals who want to practice respiratory care in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners for licensure.  The Board evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met.

Public or Licensee Inquiries

Licensees can find license renewal information in this section and mailing lists of licensees may be purchased here.

You can learn who is licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioners in Montana by searching our Licensee Lookup system

Respiratory Care Practitioner

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee: $100.00 - All Fees are Non-Refundable

B. Education Requirements:
(i) High school or the equivalent; and
(ii) A respiratory care educational program accredited or provisionally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

C. Examination Information: Please contact the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) for exam dates and prerequisites.

D. Renewal Period: March 3 - May 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until June 16

E. Renewal Fee: Active and Late $75 / Inactive $50

F. Continuing Education Requirements:24 hours May 1 even numbered years (biennially) completed in the preceding 24 months. One continuing education unit (ce unit) is equivalent to 50 minutes in length.

G. Other Special License Requirements: Copy of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) certificate is required.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Statute/Rule Information

The Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners regulates the occupation by establishing standards for licensure and practice, and adopting policies to strengthen the practice.  Respiratory Care Practitioners should be aware of their obligations under Montana law and administrative rule. 

The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) includes the laws passed by the Legislature that govern this profession. Professional and Occupational Licensing Laws can be found in Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3.  Known as the Uniform Regulatory Act, these statutes were passed in 1995. 

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) are often referred to as regulations.  The Board adopts administrative rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. The Board follows a process defined in law, the Montana Administrative Procedures Act, when they are proposing new rules or making changes to existing rules to ensure public participation.  The Board files a public notice in the Montana Administrative Register (MAR) on any proposed rule changes or new rules.  You can keep track of any rule changes by viewing MAR online.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana


Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals



In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.213.2101 continuing education requirements, 24.213.2104 acceptable continuing education, 24.213.2121 waiver of continuing education requirement, and the repeal of 24.213.2107 traditional education by nonsponsored organizations, 24.213.2111 teaching, 24.213.2114 papers, publications, journals, exhibits, videos, independent study, and college course work


In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.213.403 abatement of renewal fees and 24.213.2101 continuing education requirements




Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent Respiratory Care Practitioners and by the regulation of their practice to promote the delivery of quality health care.

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice.  You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board here.

To access a brochure on the compliance process, click here.

To access a complaint form, click here.

Both forms also are found in the "Forms" tab among "General Forms."

Complaint Contact

LaVelle Potter, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2312


How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

Business Standards Division

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. 
The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Complaint Process


When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual...

The Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.

Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage.
(Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.


Screening PanelA committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.


If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.

Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.


Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.


Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.

Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel. 

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrativeHearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process


Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are  NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.



Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against
a licensee can be accessed online at:

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notification of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.


  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.


  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.


  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300



You can use the "Apply for a License" Quick Link at the right to register for an account on the Department's "eBiz" electronic commerce site and begin an online license application. You also can download an application form here.

Please use the "Change Address" Quick Link on the right to notify the Board of an address change. If you have an account on the Department's "eBiz" website (with a unique User Name and Password) you can change your address via that account. You also can notify the Board via e-mail using the "E-mail the Board" Quick Link on the right.

Name changes must be requested in writing with legal documentation of the name change included (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.). Once the change is made, you can access and print an updated license certificate by logging into the Department's "eBiz" website (the same one you can use to renew your license) and seeking your license in the "Health Care Licensing" tab.

All RCP licenses expire May 1 and must be renewed each year.

You can access and print your license certificate by logging into the Department's "eBiz" website (the same one you can use to renew your license.) Once in the site, you can find your license in the "Health Care Licensing" tab. Then look for the link to print your license.

If you cannot access the "eBiz" website, send the board office a written request for another license along with a $5.00 fee.

You will have up to two years to renew and will need to pay the renewal fees and late fees and submit continuing education. If you do not renew your license within two years following the expiration date, your license will "terminate" and cease to exist.

Your license will "terminate" (cease to exist.) If you still desire to be licensed in Montana following license termination, you will have to submit a new application for licensure.

Go to the "Board Information” tab on this website and then click the link for “Scheduled and Proposed Board Meetings."

Contact the Board office by phone at 406-841-2360 or by e-mail at You can suggest or request that an item be placed on the agenda and can ask questions about licensure, renewal or anything else regarding the Board.

You can go directly to the License Lookup System.  This site is a primary source for verification of licensed individual’s credentials.

You can go directly to the License Download System.  This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division by using a credit/debit card.

Licensure requirements can be found under the License Information tab of this website. Applications can also be found under this tab as well.

The National Board for Respiratory Care is the national entity for testing and certification of respiratory therapists. The American Association for Respiratory Care is the national professional organization for respiratory therapists and RCP's.

Continuing education for licensees is due at licensure renewal every even-numbered year. The Board requires 24 continuing education credits be completed by the renewal deadline. Application for course or program approval can be made through a letter of request to the Board to review the course or program. If requesting approval, please include a copy of the course outline or agenda, brochure, and resume of the presenters along with any information on course or program objectives. Incomplete applications for course or program approval will not be processed until all required information is received.

National certification is handled by the NBRC. You should check with that organization about its policies, rules and standards. In order to practice respiratory care in Montana, you must have a Montana license.

Verifications are normally processed within five days of the date of request.  To request a written verification from the Board, please go to “license verification request” under the “Services/Links” tab.

The National Board for Respiratory Care offers a national exam accepted by the Board; you can reach them at their website,, or by phone at 883-341-4811.