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Career & Technical Education: Learning That Works for New Jersey

Postsecondary Private Career School Unit

The Postsecondary Private Career School Unit (PPCSU) is in the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE). The OCTE provides leadership for the state's career and technical education system for both secondary and postsecondary programs.
The PPCSU works in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's (LWD) Training Evaluation Unit (TEU) to evaluate and approve private career schools, out-of-state private career schools and correspondence schools that wish to operate within New Jersey.

Private Career Schools (PCS): These schools offer postsecondary occupational training and retraining programs to the general public. The training may be financed personally by the student, through funds provided by a variety of state agencies, through federal loans and grants, or a combination of these sources. PCS approval is shared between the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The PPCSU, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:19-7.1, is responsible for approving the programmatic components of school applications including:

  • Program and Course Curricula
  • Personnel and Professional Credentialing

The TEU, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 12:4, is responsible for approving and managing the administrative components of school applications and operations including:

  • Insuring Maintenance of School Records
  • Maintaining Inter-agency Partnerships
  • Conducting Joint Site Visits to Approve Facilities, Educational Equipment and Supplies