Good news, it’s rare for Arizona education service providers (ESPs) to need complicated licenses and permits to conduct their business in our state. Combine that with Arizona’s thriving economy, diverse workforce, education innovation culture, and top-in-the-nation universal Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA), and it’s clear — Arizona is a great place to launch your ESP.
If you’re planning to make tutoring a part of your ESP, the state of Arizona doesn’t require any special license or permit (including ESA families) beyond a valid accredited high school diploma or GED. In order for ESA families to pay for your tutoring services, you’ll need to present your diploma or your tutoring employees diploma to the Arizona Department of Education when you register your ESP with ClassWallet.
Microschools are a great way to put your education chops into immediate action and grow as a business owner — they’re small, scalable, and enriched by innovative ideas.
Microschools and learning pods are among the freshest ideas improving the way Arizonans learn. Microschool class sizes are generally accepted to be half as large as Arizona’s average public or charter K12 classroom and much more tailored for the students they serve. Usually, around 10 students max. Arizona doesn’t require microschools to file for any special registration, license, or permit. Microschools are a great way to put your education chops into immediate action and grow as a business owner — they’re small, scalable, and enriched by innovative ideas.
If you’re interested in starting a traditional private school, Arizona is a great place to launch. Arizona law has requirements for all schools, but none of these include special accreditation, registration, licensing, or state approval for private schools. If you’re serious about taking on this challenge, we don’t think there’s a better state than Arizona to do it. If you’re interested, reach out to us via chat, email, or a free thirty-minute consultation with one of our Innovation Hub experts. If you’re launching a private school, check out our friends at Herzog Schoolbox who specialize in launching private schools. If you’re interested in starting a new charter school, the Arizona Charter School Association has a ton of great information to help you launch on the right foot.
A couple of last, important things to consider before you go. First, when you’re launching any ESP business, you’ll want to connect with your insurance broker (the same one that covers your house or healthcare works) about business and liability insurance to see what’s right for your business. Second, though it’s rare, counties and cities can have specific licensing requirements. We highly recommend using Arizona Commerce Authority’s online “I Am Ready To Start My Business in Arizona” form to double check your legal requirements for licensing, registration, and tax requirements.