Substitute House Bill No. 5703
          Substitute House Bill No. 5703

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-138


AN ACT CONCERNING THE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHORIZATION
FOR PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL SCHOOLS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Subsection  (a)  of  section  10a-22b  of  the
general statutes is repealed and the following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)    No    person,    board,    association,
partnership,  corporation or  other  entity  shall
offer occupational instruction unless such person,
board,  association, partnership,  corporation  or
other entity first  receives from the Commissioner
of Higher Education  a certificate authorizing the
occupational instruction to be offered. EXCEPT FOR
INITIAL AUTHORIZATIONS, THE COMMISSIONER OF HIGHER
EDUCATION SHALL ACCEPT INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION
BY AN ACCREDITING  AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED
STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, IN SATISFACTION OF
THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  THIS  SECTION  AND  SECTION
10a-22d,  INCLUDING  THE  EVALUATION  REQUIREMENT,
UNLESS THE COMMISSIONER FINDS REASONABLE CAUSE NOT
TO RELY UPON SUCH ACCREDITATION.

Approved June 13, 1997