2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:15C-10.1 - Certificate of approval for, application by qualifying schools.
34:15C-10.1 Certificate of approval for, application by qualifying schools.
13. a. A qualifying school shall make a written application to the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development for a certificate of approval, and shall not be permitted to operate unless it receives the certificate of approval issued by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and the Commissioner of Education pursuant to the rules that they promulgate. The application shall be in the form prescribed by the commissioners and shall furnish the information required by the commissioners. Upon receipt of this application, with the required documentation, the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development shall cause to be conducted an evaluation of the applicant school prior to the issuance of a certificate of approval. The certificate shall be in a form prescribed by the Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education and shall be prominently displayed so that it is visible to the general public. The certificate is issued to the applicant owner and school and is nontransferable. In the event of a change of ownership, the new owner is required to apply for a change in ownership subject to the conditions and fees prescribed by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and prior to the issuance of a new certificate of approval. Approval shall also be required for changes in location and any additional locations. Program and course curricula and instructional personnel and administrator credentials shall be submitted for approval and contain sufficient information for proper evaluation as determined by the Commissioner of Education. The personnel of a qualifying school shall meet the qualifications set forth by the Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education in order to own, operate, market, supervise, or offer instruction.
b.A casino gaming school shall not receive a certificate of approval pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the school is licensed by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission pursuant to subsection a. of section 92 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-92).
c.An applicant shall not be issued a certificate of approval if, upon the review and consideration of the submitted application, the application is found to be not in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education. The Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education may revoke, suspend, or place reasonable conditions upon the continued approval represented by the certificate. Prior to revocation, the Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education shall notify the holder in writing of the impending action and set forth the grounds for the action. The Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education may reexamine a school during the year in which notice or conditions have been imposed. A certificate of approval may be revoked, suspended, or made conditional if the Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education have reasonable cause to believe that the school is guilty of violating this section or any of the rules adopted under this section or is found to be financially unsound.
d.An approved qualifying school shall maintain a permanent student record for each student enrolled. This information shall include, but not be limited to, the student's Social Security number, gender, date of birth, date of enrollment, and any date of completion, date of termination, date of start in a job, date of application for a license, licensing examination result, date of issue of a license, any credential issued, and other information as specified by the State Employment and Training Commission or the Center for Occupational Employment Information. For any individual who does not have a Social Security number, the qualifying agency may substitute an alternate method of identification, except that, at the time of start into employment the alternate code shall be cross-referenced with the individual's valid Social Security number. The applicant school shall submit a record retention plan to the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development that describes the method by which a student or other legitimate requester may obtain a copy of the permanent record verifying attendance and academic achievement of a student at the school. The plan shall identify the organization or individual responsible for maintaining and responding to requests for and distributing records in the event that the school ceases operation or closes. The Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Education may adopt additional regulations prescribing the manner in which student records, including transcripts, shall be maintained and distributed, and regulations setting penalties for failure to comply with an approved record retention plan.
e.An approved qualifying school shall be open for monitoring and inspection to any officer, representative or agent designated by the Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development and Education. The Departments of Labor and Workforce Development and Education shall conduct examinations of all facilities and methods of operating, as they deem appropriate.
f.The Departments of Labor and Workforce Development and Education shall continue to oversee the proper conduct of qualifying schools and shall maintain rules governing curricula, qualifications of instructors and supervisors, facilities, record keeping requirements and any other matters essential to the maintenance of quality instruction and the business integrity of qualifying schools.
g.An approved qualifying school shall submit an annual report to the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. The annual report shall include, but not be limited to, enrollment information, post-training placement information and tuition received as well as an electronic or paper copy of student transcripts. Failure to furnish the required report shall be just cause for the commissioner to amend, suspend or revoke the approval to operate as previously granted by whatever governmental entity, or to take other appropriate actions. The annual report shall be for the period of July 1 through June 30 of the preceding year and shall be submitted, not later than 30 calendar days after the close of the reporting period, in the format and on the forms provided by the commissioner. A qualifying school shall also submit any additional reports as requested by the commissioner on a more frequent basis. A qualifying school shall submit the name and Social Security number of each newly enrolled student on a reporting basis to be established by the commissioner.
h.Objective performance standards and measures for evaluating qualifying schools shall be jointly developed and implemented by the State Board of Education and the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission. Policy makers and consumers shall be provided with information concerning approved programs and shall be provided access to a consumer report card on the effectiveness of the qualifying schools on the State Eligible Training Provider List showing the long-term success of former trainees of each qualifying school in obtaining permanent employment and increasing earnings over one or more time periods following the completion or other termination of training, including a period of two years following the completion or other termination of training.
i.Any State or federal funds which become available for the school approval functions performed by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development or the Department of Education, as described in this act, shall be appropriated to the respective department for the regulation and oversight of qualifying schools pursuant to the provisions of this act.
j.The Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development shall, in consultation with the Department of Education, adopt, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations as necessary to establish approval and renewal fees and to effectuate the provisions of this section. Existing rules and regulations, as of the effective date of P.L.2005, c.354 (C.34:15C-7.1 et al.), shall remain in effect for one year or until rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this subsection replace them.
L.2005, c.354, s.13.
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