Determining if your vocational training program is required to be licensed.
If you are a provider offering a vocational education training program to the general public with a program length of more than three days, and charging tuition, you may need to obtain a "Private Vocational School License" to comply with the State's Private Vocational School Act. You'll want to take the “self-test” and send it to us, Kamala.andrews.wa.gov, to determine your requirements. If you have more specific questions please contact our Consumer Protection Unit for more information, 360-709-4600.
If the questionnaire determines you need a license to operate a private career school in Washington State, or to advertise your school in Washington, you'll need to participate in a new school orientation before applying. If you haven’t already, you will need to:
- Finally, be sure to comply with any local ordinances governing businesses in the city or county where you plan to operate.
Please review the New School Orientation PowerPoint. If you need further clarification, a call-in conference style orientation is available monthly, see dates below. Please contact the Consumer Protection Unit for dial-in information, 360-709-4600. Space is limited, you must preregister with staff to ensure your place on the call.
- January 21, 2016
- February 18, 2016
- March 17, 2016
- April 21, 2016
- May 19, 2016
- June 16, 2016
- July 21, 2016
- August 18, 2016
- September 15, 2016
- October 20, 2016
- November 17, 2016
- December 15, 2016
We recommend you familiarize yourself with the private vocational school licensing statute,and regulations. You can download the orientation materials here:
After you have completed these necessary first steps, you’ll be able to fill out an online application. Please contact staff, 360-709-4600 for a user name and password.
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