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:
APPLICATION DUE DATES
There are six due dates annually for new institution applications:
On average, the licensing process takes 6 to 9 months for a complete well-prepared application. The commission expects applications to include all required exhibits. Let us help you prepare a winning package.
APPLICATION EXHIBITS LIST
Ready to learn more? Visit our Florida school application exhibits list page. Download the free reference guide. Understanding the exhibits required with the application is the first step in sizing this project's scope.
WATCH THE MARCH 2024 MEETING LIVE
The March meeting will be held on the 19th & 20th and is open to the public. Visit our CIE March 2024 Commission Meeting page for information regarding the agendas and weblinks.
THE NEW SCHOOL APPLICATION
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.
COMPLETING THE APPLICATION STEP-BY-STEP
Visit How to Complete CIE New Institution Application for a review of the 24 exhibits and submission process. This page includes tips on avoiding common mistakes and links to tutorial videos for many of the items.
COMMISSION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For answers to the commission's most common questions, visit our Florida Commission for Independent Education page. Among others, it includes the commission scope and responsibilities, the 2023 calendar, the difference between licensing and accreditation, and what to expect after initial approval.
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We have helped many new Florida school owners obtain their career school and college licenses. Visit our Florida Consulting Page for a complete list of the services readily available to assist you. We can help you with the entire application process, including the planning, preparing the application documents, and operations training. Schedule a complimentary consultation today.
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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 to obtain a license to operate.