NH Passes Law to Exempt Small Businesses from Career School Licensure

Last Updated: August 16, 2021

Dear New Hampshire Yoga Alliance Community,

We are pleased to share that on August 10, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed an amendment to the state’s private postsecondary career schools’ law that now exempts all small schools and programs—defined as those with an annual gross tuition of $100,000 or less—from licensure and regulation.

What this means for New Hampshire yoga schools and teacher training programs: If the portion of your income from teacher training courses is less than $100,000 annually, you are not required to obtain a license from the state’s Office of Career School Licensing, which regulates and licenses various “career schools” and training programs.

This new law benefits small businesses, including yoga teacher training programs in the state, and eases the pathway to providing training and wellness services at a time when operating a business has been so challenging.

Yoga Alliance first became aware that the Office of Career School Licensing had contacted several New Hampshire Registered Yoga Schools (RYSs) regarding licensure and the regulation of yoga teacher training programs in 2020. Since then, we have paired working with New Hampshire members with outreach to state legislators and decision-makers with this message: licensing fees and other administrative items associated with licensure are not only harmful for yoga programs, but also burden yoga practitioners operating small businesses, potentially putting them out of business.

This collective action helps provide relief and certainty to small yoga businesses in the state and embodies our mission—one of creating greater access to high quality, safe, and equitable yoga.

You can learn more about our advocacy work, including the recent relevant action taken in your state on our website.

If you have any questions, needs, further input, or information regarding state licensure, please email us at

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