How to Start a Private Career School in California
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary
Education is responsible for enforcing the statutes and rules relating to private postsecondary education in
California. In this capacity, the BPPE is charged with licensing and regulating persons and organizations operating vocational programs and granting degrees within the State of
Private postsecondary schools operating in California come under the
jurisdiction of the the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and
are subject to the requirements of the Private Postsecondary Education
Act of 2009.
The application for licensure form can be found
It is called "Application for Approval to Operate for an Institution Non
Bureau uses the same form for both non-degree and degree granting institution.
It is divided into some 24 sections and requires information about the
2. Form Of Business Organization
4. Agent For Service Of Process Within California
5. Organization And Management
6. Governing Board
7. Mission And Objectives
8. Institution Representative
9. Exemplars Of Student Agreements
10. Financial Aid Policies, Practices, And
11. Advertising And Other Public Statements
12. Instruction And Degrees Offered
13. Description Of Educational Program
14. Instruction In Languages Other Than English
15. Financial Resources And Statements
17. Facilities And Equipment
18. Libraries And Other Learning Resources
19. Job Placement Assistance
20. Copy Of Catalog
21. Graduation Or Completion Documents
22. Recordkeeping; Custodian Of Records
23. Self Monitoring Procedures
24. Additional Information
The time it takes to submit the application to the BPPE
depends on the speed at which you/the client respond to my inquiries and the
time it takes to gather the exhibits required.
There are several issues that you should be aware.
You will be required to submit a current financial statement
reviewed by a C.P.A. This can cost between $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the
complexity of the financials. I can recommend a CPA with experience who is
The non refundable fee to the BPPE is $5,000.
If licensure is a goal of an education program, like Nursing Assistant or
Cosmetology a copy of the approval from the appropriate licensing agency will be
required. A copy of the intent to approve conditioned solely upon institutional
approval from the Bureau will also meet this requirement.
My services would include writing the
application to the BPPE that describes the school’s mission, management,
programs, coursework, admissions, academic policies, and quality measures along
with plans for the school’s continued improvement and growth. As a BPPE
application consists of many different components I expect my client/ you to
agree to coordinate the production of several of the items needed to assure a
I usually bid by project and email a
contract out to my prospective client that outlines the various tasks that would
be involved in order to accomplish that project just as I have done here. I
include in the bid a timeline and a pay schedule broken into two payments that
makes the cost manageable for my prospective client.
Feel free to give me a call at
818-666-1333 and we can discuss your vision.