Unlike most countries, the United States does not have a national procedure for licensing or accrediting universities and colleges. Accreditation is voluntary and is not the function of the U.S. Department of Education.
The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions and/or programs. However, the Secretary of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that the Secretary determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by the institutions of higher education and the higher education programs they accredit. The U.S. Secretary of Education also recognizes State agencies for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education and nurse education. – U.S. Department of Education
The Saint Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva was nationally accredited by The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges n Schools (TRACS, a U.S. national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), through May of 2010; thus, credits and degrees earned through May of 2010 are nationally accredited. After this date the seminary’s accreditation was rescinded due to insufficiency of financial resources, not due to any lack in its academic program, which remains decisively strong to the present.
In the United States, licensing authorities may or may not require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. Accredited colleges may or may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and employers may or may not require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. Accordingly, the applicability of credits earned for transfer and/or degrees completed after March of 2010 must be determined by licensing agencies, employers and/or receiving academic institutions that must render such evaluations for specific purposes. Learners are advised to investigate the requirements of their particular state, denomination, chaplaincy board, school district, professional association and/or certifying/licensing agency.
St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva is an approved school of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, offering the courses required for the UMJC Licensure (Madrikh) Certificate and Ordination (Smicha).
The Seminary offers ACSI approved CEU’s through its ACSI certified faculty members.
Military veterans with a disability who study with the Seminary or Yeshiva may qualify for vocational rehab funding.
The Seminary is in compliance with both the spirit and the letter of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and with the Internal Revenue Service Procedure 7550.
St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva offers degrees and educational programs under the authority of its license from the Florida Commission for Independent Education (License #2638). Inquiries concerning the license status of the Seminary may be addressed to the Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (850) 245-3200. The Seminary is also listed in their internet site among the licensed institutions at www.fldoe.org/cie/.