The Code of Alabama Section 46-16-1 through 10 provides that the Alabama Community College System (formerly Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education) has approval /licensing authority for for-profit/proprietary vocational/technical school, non-degree-granting proprietary schools and non-accredited degree-granting institutions. No proprietary postsecondary school, unless otherwise exempted, shall operate within the State of Alabama unless the school first secures a Private School License. These licenses are based on recognized educational standards and practices; and are valid for a two year period.
In Alabama, approval to offer courses of instruction in residence, online, mail or otherwise involves a 2-step process with 2 separate agencies, 1) Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and 2) Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).
To apply with ACCS for a Private School License, please refer to the Guidelines for Policy to Obtain a Private School License. The Private School License application must be submitted using the online system located in the quick links section or by clicking on online application. You will need to register as a new user prior to beginning the application. All required documents can be uploaded to the online application.
To apply with ACHE, please refer to their website http://www.ache.state.al.us and link to the red drop down box on the left entitle Non-Resident Institutions and access the Application for a Single Institution/Application for Multiple Public Institutions, Section One: Procedures will provide information on what is required.
ACCS approves Certificates of Exemption upon request; please see the Exemption Section for more information.
The Private School License statute, Code of Alabama Chapter 46, Section 16-46-1 through 10, was amended in the 2011 Legislative Session. Primarily the amendment changes exemption requirements for postsecondary private schools. Click here to review ACT No. 2011-296.
Application for Private School License
Faculty Roster Form PS-3
Agent Permit Application Form PS-4
CCNH Transcript Request Form
Transcript Request Form
Agents Bond Form
Performance Bond Form Driving School
Performance Bond Form Degree
Performance Bond Form Non-Degree
Private School Licensure Fee Schedule & Form