License Required for Off-campus Training Institutions in Shenzhen
According to the Guidelines for the Approving Process of the License for Non-subject Based Off-campus Training Institutions in Shenzhen (Trial) issued by the Shenzhen Education Bureau and other relating departments on 16 June 2023, all off-campus training institutions established in Shenzhen that provide non-subject based training in sports, culture, arts, technology, etc. to primary and secondary school students through offline means shall apply for and obtain a license for running school from the local competent education bureau.
Institutions that have obtained a business license and are willing to continue engaging in non-subject based training such as art, technology, and sports shall obtain a license for running school before 30 November 2023 to ensure that the licenses are complete before continuing to engage in training activities.
Institutions that have obtained a business license and plan to withdraw from the training sector shall complete the remaining courses of all current students, complete the transformation and exit before 30 November 2023. Non-subject based training institutions without license will be investigated and punished in accordance with the law if they continue to carry out training activities after 1 December 2023.
After obtaining the license for running school and business license (or registration certificate), the training institution shall choose a bank in Shenzhen that satisfies the requirements for third-party fund custody to sign a custody agreement and open a special account for pre-charge fund custody (training fee special account) to receive pre-payment of students. All pre-charges for off-campus training shall be deposited into a dedicated fund custody account. It is not allowed to use other accounts no matter under the institution or not to receive training fees.
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