3A1. General Exemptions - Are certain institutions or programs exempt by law or policy from your state authorization requirements:
3A2. If yes, to which institutions or programs does the exemption apply? How does it work (please describe)? If available, please provide any pertinent web links:
M.G.L. c. 112, s. 263(c) sets forth categories of schools that are exempt under the statute. M.G.L. c. 112, s. 263(c)(x) also provides the Director with authority to exempt other categories of schools and programs.
3A3. If yes, how does the institution or program claim an exemption? For example, is the exemption automatic as long as it meets specified criteria, does the institution or program notify the agency and the exemption is granted, is there an application process, etc.:
Institutions should contact DPL to request a determination on whether occupational school licensure is required to operate within the Commonwealth.
3C1. Religious Institutions - Does your state constitution or do your state laws provide any exemptions for religious institutions:
3C2. If yes, are all religious institutions exempt (please describe):
However, if the religious institution is providing training for other than religious occupations, the institution must contact DPL to request a determination.
3C3. If yes, are religious institutions that award only religious degrees or certificates exempt (please describe):
Non-degree granting religious institutions offering only religious certificates, diplomas, or courses are exempt from oversight by DPL in accordance with M.G.L. c. 112, s. 263(c). Religious institutions offering religious degrees should contact the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education www.mass.gov.