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Pursuant to IC 22-4.1-21-10 the responsibility for accrediting post-secondary proprietary schools that are non-credit-bearing and non-degree-granting is transferred to the Office for Career and Technical Schools (OCTS) under the Department of Workforce Development. If you are seeking initial accreditation for a non-credit bearing / non-degree granting career or technical school, please continue reading and follow the instructions prior to completing any documents. If you represent a credit-bearing / degree-granting institution seeking initial accreditation or accreditation renewal, contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Board for Proprietary Education (BPE).
IMPORTANT: It may be a violation of Indiana Code for you to offer to the public for a fee, tuition, or charge educational and/or training services without accreditation.
Please read and follow the instructions prior to completing any documents. Note that not all documents and/or forms are compatible with every internet browser. If you are unable to send any documents using the built-in submit button, please download or print and scan the documents and send to OCTS@dwd.in.gov.
Prior to submitting an application, proprietors are to complete the Determination of Status Questionnaire and review the OCTS Policy and Procedures. If accreditation is required, you will receive an identification number needed for orientation.
After receiving the identification number, complete the New School Orientation and submit the verification page. The orientation provides an overview of both the regulatory process and application requirements. The checklist contains the steps needed to complete an application. Note: DO NOT complete and submit the application until receiving notification from OCTS. Fees paid by institutions are non-refundable.
Below are important documents that must be reviewed to ensure continual compliance. Institutions that do not remain in compliance are subject to revocation and/or closure. Send questions regarding due dates and accreditation renewals to OCTS@dwd.in.gov.
OCTS is charged with protecting students, educational institutions, the general public, and honest and ethical operators of post-secondary proprietary schools that are non-credit bearing and non-degree granting from dishonest and unethical practices. OCTS maintains and updates a list of accredited and closed/defunct institutions for the public (see below):
OCTS is responsible for reviewing and responding to student complaints against post-secondary proprietary schools that are non-credit bearing and non-degree granting. Though staff cannot offer legal advice or initiate civil court cases, they will review submitted complaints and work with student complainants and schools toward a mutually satisfactory resolution.
If you are a student at one of the accredited schools regulated by OCTS (see List of Accredited Institutions) and wish to file a complaint, proceed as follows:
STEP 1. First, concerns should be addressed directly with school staff or faculty. Part of the complaint review process will include contacting the school, so please be sure to follow the school’s student complaint process and exhaust your options with the school. If the problem cannot be resolved through the school, proceed to STEP 2.
STEP 2. File a formal complaint by completing the online complaint form.
STEP 3. Staff will review the complaint and contact you should they need additional information or clarification. Staff will forward a copy of the complaint to the school at which time the school will have three (3) weeks to respond. Upon receipt of the school’s response, staff will determine if the school’s student complaint process has been followed and exhausted and what additional steps or follow up may occur; both parties will receive notification.
NOTE: If you believe a school has acted in a discriminatory manner, you may wish to contact the Indiana Civil Rights Commission using the ICRC’s complaint form.