The Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision
The Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS) oversees and monitors non-degree granting proprietary schools in New York State. The Bureau is responsible for ensuring that the overall educational quality of the programs offered will provide students with the necessary skills to secure meaningful employment and for protecting students’ financial interests while attending proprietary schools. BPSS licenses/registers proprietary schools and credentials proprietary school teachers to ensure that appropriate standards are met. Phone: (212) 643-4760. www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/ .
The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences
The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) is an autonomous, independent accrediting commission constituted as a nonprofit Delaware corporation, with its main office located in Alexandria, Virginia. The Commission’s origins date back to 1969, when two accrediting agencies in the field merged to form the Cosmetology Accrediting Commission (CAC). CAC changed its name to “NACCAS” in 1981. Phone: (703) 600-7600. www.naccas.org.
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is a national non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences. AACS specializes in updating members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events, and Washington DC updates. For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, AACS lobbies Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of private career schools. Phone: (800) 831-01086. www.beautyschools.org.