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Information For Schools - Office of Private Occupational School Education

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This page contains information for schools about what applications they will need to submit to in order to become a licensed occupational school.  It also includes information about obtaining instructor and staff approval, which occurs at licensure, renewal, and anytime a school hires someone new.  

Please note that not all of the forms on this page have been updated to reflect the new contact information for the Office of Private Occupational Schools.  The new phone number is 617-701-8719, facsimile is 617-701-8612, and email address is occupational.schools@mass.gov. Schools should also update DPL's contact information on its own documentation (enrollment agreements, catalogues, website, etc.)   

DPL will review license applications and conduct criminal background checks of principals, administrators, employees, and other individuals who are related to private occupational schools. Schools also must furnish a bond with surety or a form of indemnification acceptable to DPL in an amount determined by the OSA of not less than $5,000.

Online Initial and Renewal Applications and Instructions

All applications for initial school licensure and renewal of school licensure must be submitted and paid for online through the ePLACE Portal.  Additionally, all applications for new staff and instructors must be submitted online.  DPL has also established new methods for schools to apply for new programs and amendments to same, through school’s ePortal accounts; please see the new form and instructions below.

School Licensure Applications and Checklists

Branch Forms

Enrollment Agreements and Program Cost Worksheet

The Program Cost Worksheet is 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.
***The Division of Professional Licensure has received feedback regarding the Program Cost Worksheet. In turn, DPL has updated the worksheet to (1) clarify that the title should always be “Program Cost Worksheet”; (2) added a place for both the student’s name and, if applicable, a student’s ID; (3) clarified that grants can be both state and federal; and, finally, (4) added a Word version so schools can make changes, as needed, for their own school.

Ethics Training for Sales Representatives, Admissions Representatives, and Administrators of Licensed Private Occupational Schools

All sales representatives, admissions representatives, and administrators must submit evidence of having completed the Ethics Training at initial licensure and at each renewal. Evidence of completion consists of reading the Ethics Training slides and then signing the last page and forwarding that page to DPL.

Facility Inspection Reports

Instructor Forms

Miscellaneous Application Documents

Miscellaneous Policies

Ownership Forms

Program, Course and Equipment

Sales Representatives

School and Student Records

Staff Forms

Surety Forms and Instructions

Technical Assistance Handouts

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