A new school must be certified to operate by SCHEV prior to engaging in any activities related to postsecondary education, either online or at a physical site within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Postsecondary schools may not advertise, recruit students, hold classes, or accept any fees or tuition monies in Virginia until they have received a Certificate to Operate from SCHEV.
Participation in a New School Orientation session is the first step in the application process for entities seeking certification to operate a postsecondary school in Virginia. Online orientation sessions for both vocational and degree-granting schools are scheduled every six weeks. To register for an orientation session, please click here.