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General Questions

  1. What is a private vocational school?
    The schools the OBPVS licenses are defined by the training offered rather where located/housed.  Beginning in August 2015, the Oklahoma Legislature clarified that in addition to live training and correspondence courses, the OBPVS should license on-line (distance education) schools that make certain training available to Oklahoma residents.  The three main training features that require a school license in Oklahoma are that the entity is:

    1. Private, meaning it is not a public entity or fully paid by tax funding

    2. Remunerated for the training provided

    3. Offering training of a vocational or occupation nature.


      For additional information refer to Title 70 O.S. §21-101, the statutory definition of a private vocational school and the License Wizard

  2. What are the OBPVS Office Hours? 
    8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. The OBPVS has a staff of three (3) who may occasionally all be assigned to off-site activities at the same time. Please call prior to coming to the office to be sure someone will be here when you arrive.
     
  3. What Holidays does the OBPVS take? 
    The OBPVS is closed for all State holidays.
     
  4. Where is the OBPVS located? 
    3700 N. Classen Blvd., Ste. 250 (2nd Floor)
    Oklahoma City, OK 73118
     
  5. What does the OBPVS license? 
    Schools that 1) are not public schools, 2) that charge people for the training that is 3) usually postsecondary (after 12th grade) in nature and used for the student to gain employment.
     
  6. Can I ask if a school is licensed? 
    Yes, and the OBPVS will tell you how long the school has been licensed or see the list of licensed schools.
     
  7. Is there a list of schools already licensed? 
    Yes. See the list of licensed schools. The list is in a spreadsheet and PDF format.
     
  8. What does it mean to be, "accredited"? 
    Accreditation may be used at least two different ways depending on the context in which it is used.
    1. To the OBPVS it is used in identifying a separate, independent process conducted by a non-governmental entity with its own application steps. The standards applied by an accreditor vary with each accreditor. 
    2. The term "accreditation" may be implied by others to mean the authority of the OBPVS to license a school. However, the OBPVS does not identify itself with the term accreditation this way. Schools are, "licensed," by the OBPVS. 
  9. Does the OBPVS require schools to be accredited? 
    No. If a school secures accreditation and self-imposes the higher standards of the accreditor, the school will be responsible for maintaining the accreditor's higher standards.