State Licensing and Authorizing Agencies


Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Licenses non-degree private career schools, maintains the Eligible Training Provider list for Workforce programs, provides VA Educational Benefit approval and review for non-degree programs, and is the designated agency for WIOA.

Career Bridge
Career Bridge is home to over 5,000 Washington education and training programs, including apprenticeships, with performance results available for many of them. This free, state website also features Washington’s Eligible Training Provider list.

Washington Student Achievement Council
Authorizes degree programs; administers the State Need Grant and other aid programs.

Washington Department of Licensing
Licenses cosmetology, barbering, nail technology, and esthetics programs.

Washington Department of Health
Licenses, recognizes or approves various allied health professions and programs.

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Approves private career schools for participation in various student funding programs; facilitates credit transfer.

Superintendent of Public Instruction
K-12 education in Washington.


Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)
The licensing and authorizing agency for private career schools and colleges.

Oregon State Board of Nursing
Approves schools’ PN and RN programs.


Idaho Board of Education
Licenses non-degree technical schools and authorizes degree-granting institutions.

Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Licenses cosmetology and barbering schools.


Idaho State Board of Education
An Idaho Education:  High Potential-High Achievement

Oregon HECC Featured Reports

The Roadmap & Strategic Planning – WSAC

WTECB Reports and Publications

WIOA in Idaho
WIOA in Oregon
WIOA in Washington State

National Accrediting Agencies

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges(ACCSC)

National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS)

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Council on Occupational Education

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