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Boston, MA — The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) today announced that it recently issued a total of $20,000 in fines against two occupational schools, the Massachusetts School of Pet Grooming of Medford and the National Medical Academy of Franklin and Attleboro. Both schools were operating without valid occupational school licenses issued by DPL’s Office of Private Occupational School Education.
“Today’s announcement is an important reminder that occupational schools operating in Massachusetts conform to applicable requirements,” said DPL Director Charles Borstel. “Occupational schools are required by state law to obtain and timely renew their license. The failure to do so will result in significant penalties.”
Although previously licensed by DPL, the Massachusetts School of Pet Grooming’s license expired in December 2013 after the school submitted an incomplete license renewal application. Following the receipt of a complaint from a student enrolled in the school in mid-2015, DPL opened an investigation and found that that school was continuing to operate and enroll students without a valid occupational school license. The school was fined $10,000 for the operation of an unlicensed private occupational school and was also ordered to cease and desist from its operations for thirty days.
The National Medical Academy offered various medical training programs and certifications, including a nurse aide training program, since June of 2015. The school, which has never held a valid occupational school license, failed to cooperate with DPL’s investigation. As a result, the National Medical Academy was fined $10,000 for the operation of an unlicensed private occupational school.
DPL’s Office of Private Occupational School Education oversees private occupational schools that offer courses for the purpose of training or preparing individuals for a business, trade, technical or industrial occupation, or any other vocational purpose. Currently, there are 165 occupational schools licensed to operate at approximately 226 locations in Massachusetts. For more information on the Office, visit www.mass.gov/dpl/schools.
The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for more than 370,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 28 boards of registration. Consumers are urged to visit DPL's website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional's License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may wish to do business is licensed and in good standing. Follow DPL on Twitter @Mass Consumer.