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Start a Vocational School or College in Florida

We have helped many new school owners start this exciting venture. Our services include the planning, application, implementation, operations training, and mentoring for the first years of operation. 

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Are you considering opening a vocational school or college in Florida? Learn the basics to get started with the Commission for Independent Education (CIE) application process to obtain a license to operate 

We hope the information included on this page has answered your questions about starting an educational institution in Florida. Still needing assistance with your school application?  We are glad to help! Request a free consultation by calling 786-618-277, emailing [email protected], or completing the free session request form. We are readily available to help you start a vocational school or college in Florida and provide consultation on continued compliance.

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Starting a vocational school or college in Florida requires obtaining a license that will allow your institution to offer degree, diploma, or certificate programs. All institutions are required to obtain state approval, from trade and vocational schools to colleges, and universities. Prior to starting the work on the application, we recommend new school owners complete the following homework:

  • Understand the application requirements and process
  • Be familiar with the commission's expectations after provisional approval
  • Complete a research study to confirm the market need for the programs to be offered
  • Decide the cost to charge your students per program (tuition, registration fees, other costs).
  • Determine the start-up (one-time) expenses
  • Establish the institution's ongoing monthly operating expenses for the first 12 months once approved
  • Estimate enrollments by program for the first 12 months
  • ​Create a business plan
  • Based on the business plan and projected budget, evaluate if your institution will be able to show profits for the first year of operations     

Visit How to Open a School or College in Florida for the most common questions by new school owners related to the new institution application process with the Florida Department of Education.

Visit How to Complete CIE New Institution Application for an explanation of each one of the items of the provisional license application, and tips on how to complete them.

For additional information and answers to the most common questions including what to expect after initial approval visit our Florida Commission for Independent Education