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Educational Entrepreneurship: Opportunities in Saudi Arabia’s Training Industry

As Saudi Arabia focuses on economic diversification and workforce development, establishing a training institute aligns with the nation’s vision for progress. Entrepreneurs in this field can contribute to Saudi Arabia’s development while tapping into a thriving market. With strong government support and initiatives in education, now is the perfect time to commence on this entrepreneurial journey. Leveraging favourable economic conditions and the country’s commitment to skill development, professionals can establish successful training institutes to meet the growing demand for a skilled workforce in Saudi Arabia.
TVTC Licensing  

The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) is the authority responsible for licensing training institutes and centres. TVTC ensures compliance with standards to maintain quality vocational and technical education. It oversees curriculum development, assessment procedures, and instructor qualifications, aiming to align training programs with industry demands. TVTC also fosters partnerships with stakeholders to enhance graduates’ employability. 

Setting up a training facility in Saudi Arabia involves obtaining several licenses to ensure compliance with regulations and standards. The process typically includesthe following: 

  • MISA License (Ministry of Investment and Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority) & Commercial License (Ministry of Commerce): 

Approval for the MISA License is obtained from the Ministry of Investment and Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, while approval for the Commercial License is obtained from the Ministry of Commerce 

Required documents for both  

    • Commercial register 
    • Articles of Association (AOA) 
    • Financial statements certified by the Saudi Embassy. 


  • Training License: 

Approval processed through the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). 

Requirements for foreign investors include 

    • Investment license 
    • Commercial registry 
    • Lease contract for the building 
    • National address document 
    • Power of attorney (POA) or delegation to the legal representative. 


    • Specialization in training with one year of experience 
    • Possession of investment license and valid commercial register 
    • Mandatory appointment of a legal agent or authorized representative. 
    • Start activating training programs within one year 
  • Site License:

Pertains to the physical location of the training facility. 


    • National address of the training facility  
    • Lease contract for the building or site. 
Licensing a Private School in Saudi Arabia without building 

The process involves multiple steps overseen by various government entities to ensure compliance with regulations and standards from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Commerce, and other relevant authorities. Let’s explore the process: 

  1. Granting an Investment License to Foreign Investors
    • Ensure investment activity isn’t prohibited for foreign investors. 
    • Meet product specifications aligned with standards. 
    • No legal violations against the applicant. 
    • Adhere to license application conditions and regulations. 
    • Achieve investment objectives and meet renewal conditions. 
    • Hold a commercial activity license in Saudi Arabia. 
    • Submit certified commercial registration and articles of association. 
    • Provide necessary documentation, including ID proofs. (General Manager) 
    • Appoint a certified general manager. 
    • Obtain initial approvals if required. 
    • Submit a detailed action plan. 
    • Provide a 3-year budget demonstrating financial stability. 
    • Demonstrate financial capability aligned with the business plan. 
    • Register the commercial name with the Ministry of Commerce. 
  1. Commercial Registration:
    • Register the commercial name with the Ministry of Commerce. 
    • Must be at least 18 years old. 
    • Employees cannot be governmental employees. 
    • Minimum capital adequacy in compliance with regulations. 
    • Subsidiary Record: Not required for activities within the same administrative region. 
    • Main Register Issuance: 
      • Submit an application electronically. 
      • Provide a signed letter establishing the company. 
      • Possess a national identity. 
    • Main Register for Joint-Stock Companies: 
      • Minimum capital adequacy in compliance with regulations  
      • Provide articles of association and incorporation. 
    • Branch Registry Issuance: 
      • Submit a company letter for branch issuance. 
      • Confirm investor’s deposit at the fiscal year end 


 3. Registering with Governmental Entities:

 Ensure automatic registration with relevant governmental entities, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, ZATCA, the General Organization for Social Insurance, and the Saudi Post. 

  1. Issuance of Initial License:
    • Obtain initial approval from the Ministry of Education by meeting the necessary conditions for opening a private school with either a national or international curriculum. 
    • Ensure the applicant meets age and educational qualifications, and passes required security surveys, especially for international schools. 
  1. Site Approval:

Obtain approval from the Ministry of Education for the proposed site where the school will be established, considering different scenarios based on land classification. 

    • Account creation is required if not already done. 
    • Payment: Required. 
    • Fees and Duration: Determined by regulations and may vary 
  1. Engineering and Construction:
    • Designate an approved engineering office for the construction plans, ensuring compliance with Saudi codes and regulations. 
    • Submit engineering plans for approval, followed by obtaining a building permit for construction work. 
  1. Utilities and Safety:
    • Connect water and electricity services upon nearing completion of construction work, meeting specific technical requirements. 
    • Obtain an occupancy certificate, confirming compliance with safety standards, after field inspections ensuring adherence to regulations. 
8. Issuance of Commercial License and Safety Certificate 

Requirements include: 

    • Valid commercial register 
    • Civil Defense permit (if applicable) 
    • Articles of association 
    • Title deed or lease contract (if applicable) 
    • Compliance with activity conditions and data updates 
    • Ability to request a license for the shop 

In the final stage of licensing and operation, appoint necessary staff following regulations. Get academic accreditation to meet approved standards. If needed, apply for cadres visas. Once the final license is secured, start school operations, ensuring readiness and quality standards are met. 

Types of Training Centres 

For those aspiring to launch a training centre in Saudi Arabia, a world of possibilities awaits. Step into the world of training facilities, where each establishment acts as a gateway to empower individuals and drive societal progress in Saudi Arabia’s flourishing economy. Explore this enriching domain, primed for personal fulfilment and entrepreneurial triumph. 

  1. Technical Colleges:
    • Male’s Technical College 
    • Female Technical College 
  1. Specialist Technical Colleges:
    • Explore niches like Telecommunication and Information, Digital, and Tourism and Hospitality. 
  1. Vocational Industrial Institutes and Secondary Institutes for Architecture and Construction:
    • Engage in Vocational Industrial Institute initiatives, delve into Architecture and Construction education, or consider programs within Industrial Institutes in Prisons and Reformatories. 
  1. Strategic Partnership Institutes:
    • Consider collaboration opportunities across sectors such as Communications and Information Technology, Transport and Logistics Services, Petroleum, Gas, and Energy, and more. 
  1. Private Sector Institutes


Journey of Early Childhood Care with Saudi Arabia’s Progressive Initiatives 

In Saudi Arabia, the government has embarked on a commendable journey toward enhancing early childhood care through a series of impactful initiatives. For those aspiring to start such centres, take heart in the strides made to nurture and support the development of young minds. Here’s a glimpse into these initiatives: 

  • Kindergarten Expansion: 
    • Initiatives to establish and expand kindergartens across the nation, ensuring equitable access to quality education for all children. 
  • “Quick Wins” Initiative: 
    • Strategies aimed at increasing primary school enrolment, including the assignment of female teachers to foster a conducive learning environment. 
  • Specialized Television Channel: 
    • Launching a dedicated television channel for children’s programs, aligning with educational directives and providing enriching content for young learners. 
  • Early Learning Standards: 
    • Introduction of comprehensive learning standards for kindergartens, setting expectations for holistic development and future academic success. 
  • Mother and Child Education Program: 
    • Support programs for mothers to nurture their children’s skills, ensuring no child misses out on essential developmental opportunities. 
  • Personal Safety Program: 
    • Collaborative efforts to equip children, teachers, and parents with skills to safeguard against abuse and neglect, promoting a safe learning environment. 
  • Improving Learning Environments: 
    • Enhancements to kindergarten settings through scientific assessments, fostering optimal conditions for effective learning. 
  • Teacher Skills Enhancement
    • Professional development initiatives to elevate the skills of early childhood educators, ensuring high-quality education delivery. 
  • Bylaws and Regulations Review: 
    • Continuous review and updating of early childhood regulations to meet evolving standards and best practices. 
  • Research Support: 
    • Conducting research to inform and enhance early childhood initiatives, driving continuous improvement. 
  • Network Expansion: 
    • Establishment and expansion of kindergarten-early childhood school networks, increasing accessibility and catering to diverse needs. 
Regulations for International and Private Schools 

In Saudi Arabia, regulations are implemented to ensure quality education and a conducive learning environment in international and private schools. These regulations cover aspects such as  

    • Internal structure 
    •  School hours/schedule 
    •  Academic calendar 
    • Electronic platform usage 
    • Enrichment programs 
    • Extracurricular activities 
    •  Fees.  

They promote transparency, accountability, and the provision of high-quality education. For aspiring school founders, they provide a framework to deliver exceptional educational services and create an ideal learning environment for students. 

As a premier business setup company boasting over two decades of international experience, Help Line Group is your trusted partner in realizing your vision of establishing a training institute in Saudi Arabia. Our seasoned team offers unparalleled support and guidance tailored to your specific needs, regardless of the type or scale of your training centre. From guiding you through licensing procedures to offering expert advice, we ensure a seamless journey towards launching a profitable training institute in accordance with Saudi Arabia’s laws and regulations. Trust Help Line Group to be your ally in building a successful venture in the realm of education and training.