History & Accreditation


CAU’s History: 125 years in the making

California Aeronautical University is proud to be a part of a group of schools providing career-focused learning in California for over 125 years.

CAU’s sister institution, SBBCollege, opened its’ doors in 1888 with the sole purpose of preparing students for a constantly evolving world, by offering an education designed to keep up with the changing times.

CAU proudly continues that tradition today. “We are extremely excited to launch this university and help students start great careers in aviation,” said Matthew Johnston, President of CAU. “As a pilot myself, I’m thrilled to see more and more students enter the field.”

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Accreditation and Approvals

California Aeronautical University is FAA part 141 approved.

California Aeronautical University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is federally recognized by the US Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

California Aeronautical University’s approval to operate in the State of California as a private postsecondary institution is based on the provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8), which is effective January 1, 2010. California Aeronautical University under section 94802(a) of CPPEA, will by operation of law, be approved until June 12, 2022. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897.


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