NOTICE: Revised Proposed Regulations on Private Occupational Schools and Sales Representatives
Updated September 11, 2014
The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) Office of Private Occupational School Education has issued revised proposed regulations governing the licensure and oversight of private occupational schools and sales representatives for public comment. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 112, § 263 and M.G.L. c. 30A, DPL previously published proposed regulations, and held two public hearings and a comment period in March 2014. In response to testimony and comments received at the public hearings and during the comment period, DPL has revised the proposed regulations.
To view a copy of the revised proposed regulations, please click here pdf format of Revised Proposed OS Regulations (230 CMR 12.00-17.00)
. For more information on the comment period for the revised proposed regulations, please click here pdf format of NOTICE: DPL Extends OS Regulations Comment Period

NOTICE: Everest Institute Closures and Teach-Outs.

The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) has been informed that the Everest Institute in Massachusetts (Everest), with locations at both Brighton and Chelsea, will be closing. DPL continues to monitor this situation and remains in contact with representatives of Everest as well as the United States Department of Education. Current and former students of Everest should consult the bulletin posted below for information about the closure:
    - Bulletin #1 - Everest Institutes in Massachusetts  

Welcome to the home page for the DPL Office of Private Occupational School Education.

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.