Occupational Schools Info
The Program Cost Worksheet
The Program Cost Worksheet is now available for schools to use: For any programs (1) beginning after July 1, 2017, and (2) exceeding $2,000 in total cost, schools must use the Program Cost Worksheet. The link also includes a memo about the Program Cost Worksheet and some FAQs that are meant to guide schools. Schools are encouraged to contact DPL with any questions.
New Regulations Are Now in Effect
Effective December 30, 2016, the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) has issued new regulations for licensed private occupational schools; as such, the previous regulations at 603 CMR 3.00 are no longer in effect. Over the next few months, DPL will be updating this site with FAQs, updated forms, and information about upcoming conference calls regarding the new regulations. In the meantime, the new regulations can be accessed via “Statutes and Regulations” on the left side of the page.
Please see below for a link to the “Ethics Training for Sales Representatives, Admissions Representatives, and Administrators of Licensed Private Occupational Schools” (Ethics Training ). All sales representatives must submit evidence of having completed the Ethics Training at initial licensure and at each renewal. In addition, at each renewal licensed private occupational schools must submit evidence that their admissions representatives and administrators have completed the Ethics Training. Evidence of completion consists of reading the Ethics Training slides and then signing the last page and forwarding that page to DPL.
Welcome to the home page for the DPL Office of Private Occupational School Education.
Unless otherwise noted on the Division of Professional Licensure’s website, an occupational school’s license may remain current beyond its expiration date if that school has submitted a timely and sufficient application for renewal.
Effective August 1, 2012, DPL has assumed responsibility for the licensing and regulation of private occupational schools (also known as "proprietary schools") and sales representatives, pursuant to G.L. c. 112, § 263.
DPL will bring to occupational schools its mission of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare by licensing qualified businesses and individuals to provide occupational education to students, and by fair and consistent enforcement of the licensing laws and regulations.
Among other things, G.L. c. 112, § 263 authorizes DPL to:
• License qualified private occupational schools and sales representatives;
• Adopt rules and regulations governing the licensure and operation of
private occupational schools;
• Approve curriculum, instructors, and staff;
• Investigate complaints and conduct inspections;
• Discipline licensees for noncompliance; and
• Sanction unlicensed individuals and entities for operating without a license.
Previously, occupational schools and sales representatives were licensed and regulated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). G.L. c. 112, § 263 provides that regulations promulgated by DESE (603 CMR 3.00) will remain in effect unless and until they are revised or rescinded by DPL. Likewise, DPL has determined that DESE policies and procedures generally will remain in effect until they are modified by DPL.
DPL will work with the Advisory Council created by G.L. c. 112, § 263 to develop new regulations, policies, and procedures.
Students who believe that a school or a sales representative is not complying with the law can call the DPL telephone line for occupational schools at (617) 727-6917, or file a written complaint.
Schools, sales representatives, students, and other affected individuals and entities are encouraged to consult this web site and its links to ensure that they have the latest information on applicable regulations, policies, and procedures. Schools and sales representatives must use current DPL forms to apply for licensure and for other purposes. Important information about the occupational schools licensed by DPL may be found on the About Occupational Schools page.