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Grad’s Struggle Clears Way for Others to Take Vocational Exam

by Scott Woodruff • October 30, 2018

A homeschool graduate sought to obtain a pump installer’s license, but when he tried to sign up for the test, an official told him he could not take it because his parent-issued high school diploma was not acceptable.

In New Jersey, only properly licensed individuals are permitted to install, service, and decommission water wells and pumps.

After his parents asked Home School Legal Defense Association to help, I wrote a letter to the official explaining that a homeschool parent has authority to issue a diploma to his child who finishes his secondary education in a homeschool setting. I also explained that the applicable New Jersey regulation requires a candidate to have a high school diploma, but not any particular type of high school diploma. While the official did not change his mind, this situation seems to have set off a helpful chain of events.

The applicable regulation was changed several months later to completely abolish the need for any type of high school diploma. This cleared the path for the graduate to take the pump installer’s test.


Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.


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