The Private Career Colleges Division administers the Private Career Colleges Act. Colleges offering occupational training are required to be registered in accordance with the Private Career Colleges Act unless exempted through the Act and/or Regulations.

Schools currently registered offer skills training for adults in a wide range of fields including massage therapy, truck driving, information technology, esthetics, multimedia, and business education.

Changes in our economy and rapid advances in technology have created a new world of work. It is important that Nova Scotians have access to training opportunities that respond to labour market needs and lead to employment. Private Career Colleges must be responsive to needs of business and industry, and establish education, training and employment partnerships for their students.


Private Career College Application Fees

Under Section 9 of the Private Career Colleges General Regulations, 2016

Effective April 1, 2016


Applications for private career college registration


Application for certificate of registration of a private career college

(one time only per college)

$ 3000

Application for each additional location

(one time only per location)


Application to amend certificate of registration on change of operator




Applications for occupational-training programs


Application for certificate of approval of new program (good for 5 years)

$ 750

Application to renew certificate of approval of existing program (good for 5 years)

$ 750

Application for approval of amended occupational-training program

$ 50



Applications for Instructors and Instructor Assistants


Application for registration of Instructor or Instructor Assistant


Application to amend registration of Instructor or Instructor Assistant


What is a Private Career College?

A private career college is a private business which offers occupational training programs.  These schools are privately owned and operated businesses.