Ok, let me explain our position a little better, here's where it stands.... I was turned down by these guys (BPPE) in December 2013. We waited 6 months for their decision..... Their reason for denial was we didn't meet their exemption criteria, which may have been my fault for not giving better information. That's giving them the benefit of the doubt.... they offered no advice and would not even respond to calls for clarification so, I let it go at that point being so busy I was unable to take them on because of the demands of our growing business
Not having a Private Post Secondary School accreditation has now become a serious problem for our business and I decided to try the process one more time. I called 2 weeks ago and this time, I actually got thru and spoke to someone at BPPE.
I asked the woman for clarification on why our previous application for exemption was denied. I thought possibly we had chose the wrong exemption classification. At first, she offered no help and said that the application process was self explanatory and all they could do was review it when it came in and either approve or deny it.
She said, they could offer no consultation. However, I pressed on and when I explained to her what had happened in 2013, she said that all the rules had changed since then and that I should submit a new application. I took her advice and paid the $250 fee again in the hope of pushing it thru this time. My position this time is a little stronger since we are now accredited by the EPA for issuing certifications for lead abatement under the RRP program which as mandated as a requirement in 2006 for anyone contracting work at housing and public housing (HUD) projects. The argument they used to deny was that "our educational programs were career development and not required licensing by the government or any state agency. The OSHA training programs we teach are compliance based and although the State does not issue licensing, they do mandate the training elements (requirements) of most safety programs for employers such as forklift certification, trench safety, aerial boom lifts, fall protection, crane operators just to name a few.The OSHA training center at Chabot College/ Las Positas OSHA Training center in Dublin, CA (our competitor) teaches many of of the same programs we do and because they are a non-profit, they were granted an automatic exemption in 2007.This is unfair. My feeling is that I want to wait 60 days for a response from the bureau this time. If they deny us again , I want to know if you will represent us in a legal challenge.Please let me know at your convenience. Thanks for your time and attention to this important matter.Respectfully,***** *****
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