Statutes and Regulations

DPL oversees private occupational schools pursuant to G.L. c. 112, § 263, effective August 1, 2012. G.L. c. 112, § 263 also repealed G.L. c. 75C, G.L. c. 75D, and G.L. c. 93, § 20A to 21G, under which occupational schools were subject to oversight by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Pursuant to G.L. c. 112, § 263, all orders, rules, regulations, and approvals in effect as of August 1, 2012 continue in force until superseded, revised, rescinded, or canceled by DPL. Private occupational schools holding a valid license at the time that DPL takes such action shall have 18 months to comply with any new prerequisites to licensure established by the new orders, rules, or regulations.

DPL will be drafting new regulations at a later date. To view the DESE regulations for occupational schools (603 CMR 3.00) which remain in effect at this time, click here. Other statutes and regulations also apply to private occupational schools. Some of them are listed below (this is not meant to be an exhaustive list):

  • G.L. c. 255, § 13K - sets forth requirements for termination and refund provisions in contracts between schools and students;
  • 940 CMR 3.10 - regulations promulgated by the Attorney General outline conduct, terminology, and representations constituting unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices regarding occupational schools;
  • G.L. c. 112, §§ 74 - 81C - sets forth the requirements for the establishment of nursing schools;
  • 244 CMR 6.00 - regulations promulgated by the Board of Registration in Nursing set forth the requirements for schools seeking approval for practical nursing programs;
  • G.L. c. 62C, § 49A - requires license applicants to certify compliance with laws relating to taxes, reporting of employees and contractors, and child support;
  • G.L. c.119,§ 51A - mandates reporting of child abuse by a public or private school teacher, or educational administrator;
  • G.L. c. 19C § 10 - mandates reporting of abuse of a disabled person by a public or private school teacher, or educational administrator;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act - school and school's facilities must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Private occupational schools may also be subject to laws or regulations of trade-specific DPL Boards, or to those of other agencies or boards. Please see the "About Private Occupational Schools" page.