12 Steps to Start a Vocational School

It is important that your vocational school is fully accredited so that your students can apply for and receive financial aid. There are regional accrediting organizations across the United States that can accredit your school and program.
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Vocational schools provide short-term training that prepares students for entering the job market as early as possible. Based out of the local community or region, this type of school helps the people of the community to fill the gaps in their educational capabilities. They are called technical schools – fully accredited – enabling students to obtain financial aid to attend if qualified. Technically, a vocational school fills the gap in training certain skills that are required in a particular region or community. Anybody with enough resources can start such a school.

But what are the steps you need to know about? Fret not, for here are 12 steps that you can consider when starting a vocational school in your neighborhood.

  1. Programs to offer
  2. Facility
  3. Select institution type
  4. Hiring
  5. Buy equipment
  6. Gain accreditation
  7. Prepare curriculum
  8. Business plan
  9. Design course catalog
  10. Industry partner
  11. Prepare start-up capital
  12. State license

Let’s explore them.

Programs to Offer

Identify the vocational programs you intend to provide based on the local job market demand and community needs.


Secure an appropriate facility that can accommodate the equipment and students required for the chosen programs.

Select Institution Type

Determine the legal structure of your school, such as whether it will be a for-profit or nonprofit entity.


Recruit qualified faculty and staff members who can effectively teach and manage the vocational programs.

Buy Equipment

Acquire necessary equipment and tools for hands-on training in line with the chosen vocational programs.

Gain Accreditation

Seek accreditation from relevant educational authorities to ensure the credibility and quality of the programs offered.

Prepare Curriculum

Develop a comprehensive and industry-relevant curriculum that meets educational standards and market demands.

Business Plan

Create a detailed business plan outlining your school’s goals, target market, marketing strategy, and financial projections.

Design Course Catalog

Compile a course catalog that provides detailed information about each vocational program and the associated requirements.

Industry Partners

Establish partnerships with local businesses and industries to provide students with practical training and potential job opportunities.

Prepare Start-Up Capital

Secure sufficient funding to cover initial expenses, including facility setup, equipment purchase, and staff salaries.

State License

Obtain the necessary licenses and permits from the state authorities to legally operate as an educational institution within the region.

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