Massachusetts now requires occupational schools surety bonds

Massachusetts HB 3652 — which went into effect on August 1, 2012 — intends to improve the supervision of for-profit (or “proprietary”) occupational schools in the state. In addition to defining what a private occupational school is and how one should lawfully function, this bill — signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in June 2011 — includes the following Massachusetts surety bond requirement.

“(g) No license shall issue under this section until the prospective licensee, or 2 or more prospective licensees who intend to secure a joint indemnification, shall furnish either a bond with a surety or a form of indemnification acceptable to the division in the amount determined by the state auditor of not less than $5,000 for a school’s license, and not less than $1,000 for a license for a representative of a private occupational school; provided, however, that the liability of licensee shall be limited to indemnifying the claimant for his actual damages.”

Click here to read Massachusetts HB 3625 in its entirety.

Click here to download the form for blanket bonds for private occupational schools in the state of Massachusetts.

If you need a private/occupational school bond for Massachusetts or any other state, contact a surety expert online or by phone at 1 (800) 308-4358.

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