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Apply for an occupational school license

Learn how to apply for a license to operate a private, post-secondary, for-profit, or nonprofit occupational school in Massachusetts.

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Division of Occupational Licensure (DOL) occupational school regulations

Before completing an application, please review the Department’s regulations, set forth at 230 CMR 12.00-17.00. A copy can also be ordered online through the Secretary of State’s office.

How to apply and application fees

Application Fees 

Please note that all applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee. The for-profit school fee is $2,500 and the non-profit school fee is $1,250. You can pay this fee online at the end of the online application process, either by check or credit card.  

Read all steps carefully before starting your application.

Step 1: See if you need to apply for a license 

If you’re not sure whether you must apply for an occupational school license, please see the Private Occupational School Licensure Determination Form

Step 2: Email the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to request a new applicant financial application for an occupational school

  • Submit your completed form to OSA to determine whether you are financially eligible to apply to DOL for an occupational school license

       Note: You must be found eligible in steps 1 and 2 before continuing to step 3

Step 3: Create an ePLACE account if you don't have one

Step 4: Contact other agencies as necessary 

  • If you plan to offer any program that is also overseen by other state or federal agencies, contact those agencies for required approvals

Examples of Programs: 

Step 5: Get surety 

Step 6: Submit your application and payment

  • After you submit your application and payment, please email the record ID to occupational.schools@mass.gov to notify us that your initial application has been submitted 

Step 7: Host a site visit

  • Once your completed application and any necessary additional approvals have been submitted, DOL will schedule a site visit for inspection

Required attachments for initial applicants

The following items must be uploaded with your application. Documents and forms can be found on Information for Occupational Licensing.

  • Ownership Documentation:
  • Ownership Type Documentation:
    • Corporations must submit a copy of their Articles of Incorporation and documentation of employee identification number (EIN) or federal employer identification (FEIN) number. (Note: Corporations that are operating (not as schools) and now want to offer courses must amend their articles of organization with the Secretary of State’s Office). Enclose a copy of the certified amendment.
    • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) must submit a copy of their Articles of Organization and documentation of EIN or FEIN number
    • Partnerships must submit a notarized copy of their partnership agreement and Articles of Organization, along with documentation of EIN or FEIN number
    • Individual owners must submit consent to do business from the city/town clerk for locations of operation
    • Franchises must submit a signed copy of their franchise agreement
  • A Business Certificate, or D/B/A Certificate, from the cities or towns of operation

Corporations that are not operating as schools and want to offer courses must amend their articles of organization with the Secretary of State’s Office and include a copy of the certified amendment.

Facility inspection reports

Current Building and Fire Inspection reports for each facility students will enter. If you don’t have separate inspection reports, a current Certificate of Occupancy report signed by both the local building and fire inspectors may be submitted.

  • Building Inspection Report Form: For each location, upload the current Certificate of Inspection or use the Building Inspection Report Form. You must also include the Building Use Group in accordance with the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (780 CMR 304 or 305).  
  • Fire Inspection Report Form: For each location, upload the current Certificate of Inspection or use the Fire Inspection Report Form.  

Enrollment agreement

An Enrollment Agreement, also known as an Enrollment Contract, on school letterhead that complies with state regulations (G.L. c. 255, §13K). View this Sample Enrollment Agreement to ensure you include all required information.

School closure plan

A completed School Closure Plan.

Property lease or deed

If you own the property, upload a copy of the deed.  If the property is being leased, upload a copy of the lease, signed by both the lessee(s) and the lessor(s) that includes the lessor’s name, address, and telephone number.

Floor plan

A copy of the floor plan indicating the approximate size and purpose of each room.

Board of Health approval

If you will be teaching in an allied health program that requires approval from the local board of health, you must provide a copy of the approval. Oversight programs like phlebotomy and other allied health programs is at the discretion of the local board of health.

Proof of adequate liability insurance

Documentation proving adequate liability insurance.

Policy statements

On school letterhead, or marked with the school catalog or student handbook, include the following policy statements

  • Entrance requirements in accordance with 230 CMR 15.05(1)(b)
  • Attendance policies, including the consequences of not following them
  • Grading policies, including the consequences of not maintaining minimum grade requirements
  • Satisfactory progress pursuant to 230CMR 15.01(10) 
  • School rules and regulations, including the consequences of not following them
  • Guidance and counseling policies
  • Job placement
  • School calendar with dates of courses, days off, days the school is closed, or any other breaks
  • Student complaint resolution process in accordance with (230CMR 15.07), including that the school must respond to a student’s written complaint in writing within 10 days and students may contact the Office of Private Occupational School Education at any time

Program course catalog

A copy of the catalog

Federal Student Aid approval(s) (if applicable)

A copy of the approval letter(s)

Accreditation approval(s) (if applicable)

A copy of the approval letter(s)

GI Bill approval letter (if applicable)

A copy of the approval letter

Surety

Initial applicants must submit by first-class mail the original surety document in the amount determined by the State Auditor along with the surety and a copy of the State Auditor’s determination letter.

Instructors

For each instructor, upload a CORI Authorization, which is an application packet containing an Instructor Certification Form, notarized CORI Form, notarized SORI Form, and resume or Cirriculum Vitae. Include a printout of their professional license, if required.

Non-instructional staffers

For each staffer, upload a CORI Authorization, which is an application packet that contains a Staff Certification Form, notarized CORI Form, and SORI Form. Include a signature page of Ethics Training, if required.

Electronic Records Waiver (if applicable)

A copy of the completed Electronic Records Waiver 

Contact   for Apply for an occupational school license

Online

To receive written instructions on how to submit an application, renew your license, change your name or address, request a duplicate license, or obtain a verification of license, please email us at: Email Office of Private Occupational School Education at occupational.schools@mass.gov

Fax

617-727-8612

Address

1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02118

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