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. 

  • Assistance with Florida vocational school, college, and university applications
  • Allied Health school applications: Medical Assisting, Patient Care Technician (PCT), HHA, Phlebotomy, EKG
  • Beauty school applications: Cosmetology, Barber, Nail, Facial, Electrology, Laser, Massage
  • Degree-granting, online, and hybrid school applications
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) school applications
  • ​Renewals, on-site visit preparation, new programs, and new location applications​

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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 786-618-2277, 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 a consultation on continued compliance.

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Getting Started

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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.

Start a Vocational School or College in Florida



Starting a vocational school or college in Florida requires obtaining a license that will allow your institution to offer degree, diploma, or certificate programs. The new institution application process includes 10 steps from planning to approval: 

  1. Prepare a business plan and projected budget
  2. Register corporation with the Florida Department of State
  3. Lease or own a Florida campus location 
  4. Secure financial resources
  5. Purchase equipment for instruction and operations
  6. Secure services and affiliation agreements
  7. Hire faculty and administrative personnel 
  8. Submit application, 24 exhibits, and fees
  9. Satisfy all requests during the application review process
  10. The commission votes and grants the license at one of their meetings     


Visit Open a School or College in Florida for a review of the application and approval process with the Florida Department of Education. This page includes answers to common initial application questions, Florida Board requirements, and recommended homework to complete before starting the application process.


Visit How to Complete CIE New Institution Application for a review of the submission process, formatting, and each of the 24 exhibits. This page includes tips on avoiding common mistakes, links to tutorial videos for many of the items, and application follow-up advice. 


For additional information and answers to the commission's most common questions, visit Florida Commission for Independent Education. Among others, this page includes the commission scope and responsibilities, meeting calendar, application due dates, links to important pages, the religious exempt process, difference between licensing and accreditation, and what to expect after initial approval.


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