Exempt Schools

Under current law, certain schools are exempt from EAP regulatory authority. The following is a listing of the types of schools arranged by exemption category.

Public Colleges and Universities

The UW System Colleges and Universities and Wisconsin Technical Colleges are governed by separate public boards.

Schools Regulated by other State Agencies

Cosmetology, Barbering, and Real Estate schools are currently regulated by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Schools that offer certified nursing assistant training are regulated by the Department of Health Services.

In-state Nonprofit Colleges

Schools that are exempt from taxation under section 501 of the IRS code and either were incorporated in this state prior to January 1, 1992, or had their administrative headquarters and principal place of business in this state prior to 1970 are not subject to EAP oversight. This exemption is intended to apply to schools who are members of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

SARA Participant Schools

Institutions that are State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) participants are not subject to EAP approval. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements maintains a list of SARA particpants.

Religious Schools

The EAP does not regulate schools of a parochial or denominational character offering programs having a sectarian objective.

Avocational Schools

The EAP does not regulate schools offering instruction that is recreational in nature and does not lead to a vocational objective.

Special Note: To help schools determine if they are subject to EAP approval, a flow chart providing an overview of the need for approval has been created.