How to set up an Educational Training Center in Qatar
The educational institutions in Qatar are renowned for their elevated quality and preparing individuals for their aspiring careers, in addition to the country’s facilities and logistical infrastructure. Qatar is home to some of the best university and education experiences available worldwide.
Establishing an educational training center in Qatar involves several steps and considerations. It is important to first establish the focus for the learning center in Qatar, as well as an understanding of the local market and a business plan, along with the necessary equipment and resources. The next steps in the educational center setup are as highlighted in this general outline of the process.
What are the business activities for an educational training center business in Qatar?
Company formation in Qatar for educational training centers typically follow on of the two more common activities. A training center company can choose between:
It should be noted that these activities are not permitted to be combined on the same Commercial Registration.
What are the Share Capital Requirements for an Education Training Center in Qatar?
There are no share capital requirements for setting up an educational training center, if the training center LLC is registered for 51% with a local Qatari partner.
It is important to note therefore, that the share capital requirements may vary should the company wish to set up as a 100% owned LLC in Qatar.
Tenancy Agreement and Space Required for an Educational Center in Qatar:
When applying for and selecting the location for the training center business, it is important to identify a suitable location with appropriate infrastructure and considerations for accessibility.
There is no specific size requirement for a training center in Qatar; however, the size and capacity of the training center can vary depending on the nature and scope of the training services being offered, as well as the number of students and staff that the center is designed to accommodate, number of training rooms, and other facilities.
The intended space for the educational center cannot be in a mall or residential tower. The minimum recommended space required would be 80sqm.
What External Approvals are Required for an Educational Training Center in Qatar?
To obtain a permit and licence for an educational training center, it is necessary to register as a legal entity with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), which authorises and licenses learning centers in Qatar.
It is advised to seek assistance when setting up an educational center in Qatar, in order to ensure the proper licences and permits are obtained, along with compliance with the local labour laws, health and safety regulations, and other relevant compliance regulations specific to training centers in Qatar.
What is Timeframe for External Approvals in Qatar for an Educational Training Center?
To receive educational training center business approvals, the following timelines can be expected:
- Pre-Issuance of the Commercial Register Approvals: 5 Days
- Pre-Issue Commercial Permit Approvals: 7 Days
- Before Renewal of the Commercial Permit: 21 Days
What Qualifications are Necessary for the General Manager of an Educational Training Center?
For the General Manager position of a Qatar skills training center, in relation to a relay lessons center it is necessary to have:
- A minimum of a Batchelors Degree in educational sciences
- 5 years’ experience
- A certificate of Good Conduct
- To be medically fit
Qatar Government Costs for the Educational Training Center LLC:
The government costs associated with the set up of an educational training center in Qatar, can be expected to be at circa QAR 10,000, plus QAR 5,000 for the MOEHE approval - totalling QAR 15,000 in government licensing fees.
Timeline for Formation of an Educational Training Center (LLC) in Qatar:
When setting up an educational training center in Qatar, the time taken for this is dependent on your documents arriving notarised/attested on time and securing the lease (location). PRO Partner Group (PPG) can assist with the document attestations. This process takes approximately 40 days to obtain all the licenses.
Other Cost Factors Associated with Opening an Educational Center in Qatar:
Office space required for an educational training center:
An office space is mandatory in order to obtain a trade licence. There are many options, depending on the business’ requirements. PPG can recommend reliable partners to provide this service on your behalf.
WPS – Wage Protection Scheme:
All employee’s salaries must be paid monthly via the wage protection system, and PPG can assist you with this as a service.
All employees in Qatar must have valid residency visas. The government fees for residency visas are between QAR 1,000 - 3,000 depending on the validity of the visa (1-3 years).
What is the Process and Steps for Setting up an Educational Training Center?
It is not permissible to combine the business activities, “educational training center” and “Relay lessons”. An ‘Educational training center’ refers to the services provided to both school students and adults whereas, ‘Relay lessons’ allows you to accept only school students/school-aged children.
1. Trade Name Reservation
2. Signing Articles of Association
3. Submitting the Application through MOEHE for pre-approval
4. Upon reviewing the application, the MOEHE will provide the manager with a letter addressed to The Criminal Evidence and Information Department (CEID) for obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) for obtaining a medical fitness certificate. If the documentation is in order, the manager will be invited for an interview with the MOEHE committee.
5. Obtaining Commercial Registration
6. Provide MOEHE with the required documents for obtaining the rest of the licenses (Trade Licence, Chamber of Commerce certificate, and training center license), including:
- Property ownership deed copy (if owned by the applicant) or lease contract copy
- Police clearance certificates
- Medical certificate (for the manager)
- Preliminary and final building inspection confirmation
- Bank guarantee
7. Obtaining Trade License and Establishment Card (Computer Card) based on the approval from MOEHE
8. Opening files with the Ministry of Labour / processing labour quota and residency for staff, medical commission, etc
9. Post-incorporation activities (bank account opening, WPS, appointing auditors, etc.)
How can PRO Partner Group help?
This guide provides a general overview, but the specific requirements may vary depending on the type and scale of educational training center.
PRO Partner Group’s (Venture Partner Qatar) on the ground PRO and operations teams can assist with streamlining the process of incorporation with their extensive knowledge and connections in the government departments in Qatar. If you need guidance training center business set up in Qatar, or any further company registration in Qatar, PRO service in Qatar, please do get in touch with us on +974 4478 8765 for Qatar Doha office, +971 (0)4 456 1761 for Dubai, or email us at email@example.com or complete the contact form below and we will be delighted to assist.