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Labour and Advanced Education

Private Career College Registration

Who Needs This Registration?
Anyone who wants to operate a school or place where vocational, occupational or career training is provided to students for a fee.

For a list of institutions which do not require this registration, see Additional Information, below.

For more information, go to:
Issuing Department Agency:
Labour and Advanced Education
Where can you get this Registration, and / or further information?
Private Career Colleges
Labour and Advanced Education

Office Location:
5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 697
5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8

Tel: 902-424-5636
Fax: 902-424-6656
Application Forms & Process:

An applicant should contact the Private Career Colleges office by phone and request a registration application. Once completed, this should be sent in for review. Further information and/or clarification will be requested in writing if required. Results will be given in writing. The Office will provide any assistance requested in this process.

Expiry & Renewal:
This registration is valid for up to 1 year, covering the period from April 1 of one year to March 31 of the next. It can be renewed; the Department will send a renewal form to the registration holder before the registration expires.

The renewal application must be accompanied by the applicable annual fee.
Initial Application and Annual Renewal: $623.00 plus HST

Program Registration Fee: $124.60 plus HST per program

There is also a security requirement. The amount of security must be decided upon in consultation with the Department.
Related Requirements:
A fire inspection must be carried out on any training facilities. This is done through the Labour and Advanced Education: Office of the Fire Marshal or the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service within the HRM.
Additional Information:
Schools which do not need this registration include:
  1. Degree-granting Universities;
  2. N.S. Community Colleges;
  3. Schools governed by the N.S. Education Act, or an Act of the Parliament of Canada;
  4. Schools operated by employers or groups of employers for employees or employee associations; or
  5. Occupational training offered by an organization, where the training or instruction is a part of professional development.
    (For more on this, contact the Department; see Where can you get..., above.
  1. All programs and instructors related to the school must be approved by the Department.
  2. There must be a student contract.
  3. In some cases, a Health Inspection will be required.
  4. The Department will also request an up-to-date inventory of equipment.
  5. Changes and/or additions to the original registration must be approved by the Department prior to implementation, for example, new courses, course changes, new instructors, change of location, etc.
Legislative Authority:
Private Career Colleges Regulation Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1998, Chapter 23.

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