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NPS/A Certification Applications

Process for submitting Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School/Agency Certification Applications.

The Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS) and Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA) certification renewal applications become available to existing NPS and NPA applicants on August 1. New NPS and NPA applications for initial certification are available any time during the year.

Prior to completing a new or renewing certification application, applicants should review the California Education Code (EC) sections 56365 through 56366.12, and the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5, Section 3051, which contains the qualification standards required for a NPS or NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

Due dates for NPS and NPA Certification Applications:

  • New NPS and NPA applicants may submit the completed Certification Application anytime throughout the year unless the applicant falls under the requirements of EC Section 56366.1(k).
  • Renewing NPS and NPA applicants must submit the completed Certification Application no later than October 31.

No refunds will be provided, pursuant to EC Section 56366.1(m).

To begin the new or renewal application process, select the appropriate link below:

Nonpublic Agency (NPA) Questions

Questions regarding NPAs may be directed to the Special Education Division, Interagency, Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit contacts listed below.

First Letter of NPA Name

Analyst

E-mail

Telephone Number

A-B Jennifer Anderson JAnderson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3549
C-D Allison Fernandez AFernandez@cde.ca.gov 916-445-7313
E-J DJ Sandhu DJSandhu@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3692
K-O Debra Heseman DHeseman@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3690
P-S Thomas Williamson TWilliamson@cde.ca.gov 916-327-4223
T-Z Lisa Lui LLui@cde.ca.gov 916-327-3691
Nonpublic School (NPS) Questions

Questions regarding NPAs may be directed to the Special Education Division, Interagency, Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit contacts listed below.

County

Consultant

  E-mail

 Telephone Number

Alameda

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

Alpine

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Amador

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Butte

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Calaveras

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Colusa

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Contra Costa

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

Del Norte

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

El Dorado

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Fresno

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Glenn

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Humbolt

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Imperial

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

Inyo

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Kern

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Kings

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Lake

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Lassen

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Los Angeles Pamela Quiroz PQuiroz@cde.ca.gov
916-327-3699

Madera

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Marin

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Mariposa

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Mendocino

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Merced

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Modoc

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Mono

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Monterey

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Napa

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Nevada

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Orange

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

Placer

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Plumas

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Riverside

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

Sacramento

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

San Benito

Michele Donahue

MDonahue@cde.ca.gov

916-319-0769

San Bernardino

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

San Diego

Michele Donahue MDonahue@cde.ca.gov
916-319-0769

San Francisco

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

San Joaquin

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

San Luis Obispo

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

San Mateo

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Santa Barbara

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

Santa Clara

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

Santa Cruz

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Shasta

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Sierra

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Siskiyou

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Solano

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Sonoma

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

Stanislaus

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Sutter

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Tehama

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Trinity

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Tulare

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Tuolumne

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Ventura

IA-NPS/A Unit

NPSA@cde.ca.gov

916-327-0141

Yolo

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Yuba

Matthew Hill

MHill@cde.ca.gov

916-445-5577

Out of State NPS
New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah
Peggy Hernandez PHernandez@cde.ca.gov
916-327-3546

Out-of-State NPS
All states excluding California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah

Alberto Orellana

AOrellana@cde.ca.gov

916-324-4532

 


Instructions for New Certification as a Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School

To complete the certification application as a new Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS), NPS applicants must follow the steps below:

Step
Certification Processes for NPS
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the nonpublic, nonsectarian school (NPS) certification requirements.
2

Download and complete the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification (DOC).

3

Mail the completed Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form, along with a check made payable to the California Department of Education, for the certification fee, to:

Mail: California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification Form.

4

Upon CDE's receipt of the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form, the new NPS applicant will receive an e-mail with the NPS Certification Application and NPS Certification Application Instructions. This e-mail is sent to the NPS contact e-mail address specified on the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form.

5

New NPS applicants are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPS is located, with a written notification of intent to seek certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

For initial (new) applications, the NPS must wait at least 60 days for the SELPA representative to respond prior to submitting the application to California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA, the NPS may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPS certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

6
Once the applicant receives the signed notification form back from the SELPA, or the 60 days have passed, the applicant will submit the NPS Certification Application to the CDE.
7
Upon receipt of the NPS Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing consultant.
8
When the NPS Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPS Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPS certification.

Completion of the NPS Certification Application is required for private agencies applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under EC Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365–56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPS to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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Instructions for Applying for Certification as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School

To complete the certification application as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian School (NPS), NPS applicants must follow the steps below:

Step
Certification Processes for NPS
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the certification requirements.
2

The NPS Certification Application and NPS Certification Application Instructions will be e-mailed to all renewing NPS applicants on August 1. This ensures that renewing NPS applicants can begin working on the NPS Certification Application at the start of the renewal period which begins August 1 and ends on October 31. Although the NPS Certification Application will be available for completion, renewing NPS applicants must pay their certification fee by October 31 or the NPS certification application cannot be accepted.

3

Renewing nonpublic, nonsectarian schools (NPS) are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPS is located, with a written notification of intent to renew its certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

The NPS must wait for the SELPA representative to respond, at least 30 days for renewal applications, prior to submitting the application to the California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA, the NPS may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPS certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

4

No later than October 31, the Intent to Apply for NPS Certification form, NPS Certification Application, and the check for the certification fee made payable to the California Department of Education, must be mailed to:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the NPS Intent to Apply for NPS Certification Form.

5
Upon receipt of the NPS Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing consultant.
6
When the NPS Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPS Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPS certification.

Completion of the NPS Certification Application is required for private schools applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under EC Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365–56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPS to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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Instructions for New Certification as a Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency

To complete the certification application as a new Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA), NPA applicants must follow the steps below:

 

Step Certification Processes for NPA
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the nonpublic, nonsectarian agency (NPA) certification requirements.
2
Download and complete the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification (DOC).
3

Mail the completed Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form, along with a check made payable to the California Department of Education, for the certification fee, to:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.

4
Upon CDE's receipt of the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form, the new NPA applicants will receive an e-mail with the NPA Certification Application and NPA Certification Application Instructions. This e-mail is sent to the NPA contact e-mail address specified on the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.
5

New NPA applicants are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPA is located, with a written notification of intent to seek certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

For initial (new) applications, the NPA must wait at least 60 days for the SELPA representative to respond prior to submitting the application to the California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA the NPA may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPA certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

6
Once the applicant receives the signed notification form back from the SELPA, or the 60 days have passed, the applicant will submit the NPA Certification Application to the CDE.
7
Upon receipt of the NPA Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing analyst.
8
When the NPA Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPA Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPA certification.

Completion of the NPA Certification Application is required for private agencies applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under California EC Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365–56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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Instructions for Applying for Certification as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency

To complete the certification application as a renewing Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Agency (NPA), NPA applicants must follow the steps below:

Step Certification Processes for NPA
1
Review the General Certification Information for detailed information regarding the certification requirements.
2
The NPA Certification Application and NPA Certification Application Instructions will be e-mailed to all renewing NPA applicants on August 1. This ensures that renewing NPA applicants can begin working on the NPA Certification Application at the start of the renewal period which begins August 1 and ends on October 31. Although the NPA Certification Application will be available for completion, renewing NPA applicants must pay their certification fee by October 31 or the NPA Certification Application cannot be accepted.
3

Renewing nonpublic, nonsectarian agencies (NPA) are required by California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1(b)(1) to provide the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in which the NPA is located, with a written notification of intent to renew its certification to provide related services for individuals with exceptional needs.

The NPA must wait for the SELPA representative to respond, at least 30 days for renewal applications, prior to submitting the application packet to the California Department of Education (CDE). If there is no response from the SELPA, the NPA may attach a copy of the certified mail receipt to the NPA certification application as evidence it has met the requirements of the law.

4

No later than October 31; the Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form, NPA Certification Application, and check for the certification fee made payable to the California Department of Education, must be mailed to:

California Department of Education, Special Education Division
Interagency-Nonpublic Schools/Agencies Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Fee requirements are listed on the NPA Intent to Apply for NPA Certification form.

5
Upon receipt of the NPA Certification Application and payment, the CDE will review and provide feedback via e-mail. Additional documentation may be required to be attached in an e-mail to the reviewing analyst.
6

When the NPA Certification Application is complete and meets all of the requirements, the NPA Certification Application will be 'Approved' and the CDE will issue the NPA certification.

Completion of the NPA Certification Application is required for private agencies applying for certification to serve individuals with exceptional needs under California Education Code (EC) Section 56366.1. It is strongly recommended that EC sections 56365 through 56366.12 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 3051 be reviewed for qualification standards required for a NPA to provide services to students with exceptional needs.

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