Higher Education Coordinating Commission

The Office of Private Postsecondary Education oversees the quality, integrity, and diversity of private postsecondary programs in Oregon for the benefit of students and consumers. The Office includes Private Career Schools, described below, as well as the Office of Degree Authorization, which authorizes private degree-granting institutions and distance education providers, and Veterans Education which provides oversight of programs for veterans.​

Private Career Schools
The Private Career Schools (PCS) Licensing Unit in the HECC Office of Private Postsecondary Education licenses private career schools and provides educational leadership, technical assistance, training, and support to over 208 private career schools in Oregon. In the interest of Oregon students, the PCS works closely with schools on licensing requirements, such as business and fiscal standards as well as instructional and curricular requirements.
Commonly Requested Forms
Selecting a Private Career School
Private Career Schools provide training and certificate opportunities for students with specific career focuses, in fields as diverse as computer technology, cosmetology, health care, real estate and business.
School Directories
Comprehensive directories for schools are currently under re-design.  For information about non-cosmetology schools in Oregon, please contact our office. Persons interested in contacting cosmetology schools may see the directory below:
Opening a Private Career School
If you wish to establish a new school in Oregon or you are assuming ownership of an existing school, please contact our office to schedule an interview with Juan Báez-Arévalo, Director of the Office of Private Postsecondary Education.
If you wish to add a program to an existing private career school, please contact our office to request appropriate forms.
If you have a complaint about a private career school, see the procedure below.

Contact the Private Careers Schools Licensing Unit
Please address all correspondence and payments to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Contact: (503) 947-5716 or email to info.PPS@state.or.us. Our office is located at 775 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.