Information For Schools
Schools subject to DPL licensure must first satisfy the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) that they are financially qualified to operate. If the OSA finds that a school is financially qualified to operate, then the school is eligible to apply to DPL for licensure.
The law and regulations require applicants to submit to DPL information regarding instructors, facilities and equipment, courses, and fields of instruction, as well as the form of any contract or agreement to be executed by a prospective student. 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. A decision to deny a license is subject to administrative and judicial review. The DPL license application form for schools is available here.
The law provides that schools licensed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as of July 31, 2012 shall remain licensed to operate for the duration of that license, and such schools shall have 18 months to comply with new licensing requirements promulgated by DPL. The schools licensed by DESE are listed here .
DPL is empowered to conduct criminal background checks for purposes of licensure and investigations, and to issue subpoenas for testimony and documents. After a hearing, DPL may revoke or suspend a license, order probation, and assess civil penalties. DPL also may order restitution of student fees and tuition, and issue orders to cease and desist.
School Procedures and Forms
For more information regarding policies, guidelines, application process, fees and other elements of the licensing process that are applicable to owners and directors of existing or prospective private occupational schools, please visit the following links: