Pop Quiz - Is This an Eligible Gainful Employment Program?


A college wants to offer a gainful employment (GE) program that prepares a student to work in a certain occupation, but would like to disclose that the program does not satisfy the educational prerequisites for licensure in State B, only those of State A. How should the college indicate this when it signs the transitional certification for it GE programs and updates its Eligibility and Certification Approval Report (ECAR)?


If your institution operates in State B and the student completes the program and plans to seek employment in State B, the GE program must prepare the student for licensure or certification in State B. If it does not, it is not an eligible GE program.

Please see the following from 668.414(d)(3) (emphasis added):

"(d) GE program eligibility certifications. An institution certifies for each eligible program included on its Eligibility and Certification Approval Report, at the time and in the form specified in this section, that—
(3) For the State in which the institution is located or in which the institution is otherwise required to obtain State approval under 34 CFR 600.9, each eligible program it offers satisfies the applicable educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification requirements in that State so that a student who completes the program and seeks employment in that State qualifies to take any licensure or certification exam that is needed for the student to practice or find employment in an occupation that the program prepares students to enter; "


Publication Date: 9/28/2015

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