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As with any career choice, the requirements for hearing officers can vary by the state and country that one is working in. Almost all countries require a minimum of a bachelor's degree and some require a degree in law as well. Most states and countries prefer degrees in law programs, but will sometimes accept business degrees. Those who have or are practicing law are more likely to be given positions as hearing officers.
In the United States, hearing officers are sent to a special training program that is state and federally mandated. The coursework often includes information on evidence review, procedure, administrative duties, and rules and regulations for hearings. Some states and countries require further education for their hearing officers in the form of certification programs in law and continuing education throughout their careers.
A hearing officer needs to have acute decision-making skills to allow them to make accurate and just decisions. They must also have an accurate understanding of the administrative laws so that they can preside over hearings with authority and understanding.
Age requirements for hearing officers vary by state and country. Many require that an applicant be around thirty years of age and have worked in the field of law. Some countries are stricter than others when it comes to age requirements. It is important that officers check with their local and federal laws to be sure that they meet all of the requirements as set forth by the law in their area.