How to Join as a Career School Member

Private post secondary career training and/or skill development schools dedicated to sound education, whose owners’ and/or management’s activity and/or speech is consistent with and not in contravention of the best interest of the Corporation, and which are supported by student tuition and which are not solely community-based or community service organizations that are authorized by the appropriate state authority are eligible to apply or renew to become Regular Members upon a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Determine Your Dues

School owners or controlling directors should choose the appropriate dues category from the dues tables shown here. Anyone having the authority to decide whether to join CCST (or having the authority to issue checks) is considered a “Controlling Director.”

The gross receipts should include all Texas campuses, and should be based on the most recent financial statements and state agency records.


Annual Gross ReceiptsCCST Annual DuesDues for Each Additional Campus within Texas
$0 - $250,000350$50
$250,001 - $500,000500$50
$500,001 - $1,000,000750$50
$1,000,001 - $3,000,000$1,500$200
$3,000,001 - $5,000,000$2,500$500
$5,000,001 - $10,000,000$4,500$700
$10,000,001 - $25,000,000$8,000$800
$25,000,001 - $40,000,000$10,000$800
$40,000,001 & Over$15,000$800

How to Join as an Associate Member

Associate Membership is open to all companies, organizations and individuals interested in advancing the private career colleges and schools industry in Texas. Membership in CCST is one way to clearly demonstrate that you or your organization is interested in and concerned about the future of private career schools’ participation in the work force development of Texas.  Associate Members shall have no voting rights with exception of the two representatives appointed to serve on the Board of Directors.

How to Join as an Affiliate Member (Out of State)

For colleges and schools located outside of Texas. If a school outside Texas wishes to become an Affiliate Member and also owns or operates a school within the state of Texas, the Texas-based school must first be a Regular Member before the non-resident school can join as an Affiliate.

CCST is the Only Association Representing the Interests of Career Colleges & Schools in Texas

For more than 40 years, the Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST) has been advancing the interests of private sector colleges and universities in our state. With more than 600 licensed career schools and colleges providing practical education to more than 160,000 students in Texas, our sector plays an important role in the state’s economic growth and prosperity. CCST helps provide a consistent and unified voice on the critical legislative and regulatory issues that impact our sector, as well as a forum for networking and promoting the great things happening on campuses in our state and around the country!

TWC-Required Training Discounts
TWC-Required Training Discounts

Provides exclusive training as well as discounted fees for CCST events centered around the latest industry news and advancements

Networking & Recognition
Networking & Recognition

Hosts an annual industry conference and awards program, as well as provides a free online membership directory for member schools

Legislative & Regulatory Representation
Legislative & Regulatory Representation

Advocates for key industry issues at the Texas Capitol and state agencies and builds relationships with a PAC


CCST members have created a self-funded, voluntary program designed to bring more recognition and acceptance of private career schools across the state of Texas. Participating institutions fund $1,000 scholarships to awardees who choose to enroll at their school. The program over the past five years has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships annually. Enrollment for the first campus is $300, and only $150 for each additional campus. The administrative fee covers the printing and mailing costs plus marketing the scholarship program.


If you have a question about joining CCST or renewing your membership, please call our Association Manager, Lisa Tomsio at 512.402.7797 or email her at

The Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) is the only association representing the interests of career colleges & schools in Texas and has been THE consistent and unified voice on the critical issues impacting the career college sector in Texas for more than 40 years. CCST proudly advocates on behalf of its nearly 100 member institutions and the students they serve by supporting policies that ensure all students have access to and the opportunity to succeed in postsecondary education.

To join, a school owner must subscribe to high standards of education and be accepted by the Board of Directors. All members are requested to display the CCST logo in their school and in their advertising.