Certificate Instructor Application

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Application for BETA Instructor course available here

Interested in becoming a CC Certificate instructor?

To meet the global demand for the CC Certificate course, Creative Commons is proud to begin training for the next cadre of Certificate instructors, starting January 2019. The CC Certificate instructor training will develop a growing network of qualified professionals who can expertly instruct future classes online. This network will be skilled and up-to-date on the latest developments with the CC Certificate and open licensing efforts. Become an instructor and bring the CC Certificate course to your institution or community!

Creative Commons will pay instructors $3,000 USD per course they teach, following the training.

We will pilot a 10-person BETA training, starting January 3, 2019. Applications are now open for the BETA training. Please note, if you are not accepted for this small cohort, we may keep your name on a list for consideration in the future. Click here  for access, and see below for details.

Course Description

The CC Certificate course requires rigorous attention and time for participants and instructors. To ensure future instructors have not just the expertise needed, but the self-awareness, attention to detail, and drive to support participants’ learning, we have made the instructor course quite demanding.

The CC Certificate Instructor course is an intensive 11-week online course, which includes a practical apprenticeship, working with a CC Certificate instructor. The course includes readings, group work and synchronous online discussions, writing assignments and a final project. The CC Certificate Instructor course will train you on the practical elements of instruction, such as: 1) grading, and 2) technical platforms & information management needed to instruct Certificate courses.

We anticipate instructors-in-training will spend an average of 6-10 hours per week on course work, but hours may vary based on the individual.

Beyond the practical training: the CC Instructor course aims to broaden our understanding and engagement with the ethos of Open. Readings and discussions will target inclusivity design, cross-cultural communication, traditional knowledge and cultural appropriations, as well as understanding our own biases. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own experiences to discussion, evaluate their own biases, and help CC improve the Certificate course based on these discussions.

Given the work apprenticing for CC instructors, we will not charge for the Instructor training. However, CC will continue to iterate on the Certificate course, and instructors will be required to renew their CC Instructor certificate after significant changes to the course are made.

Responsibilities for CC Certificate Instructors

  • Instructors must be CC Certificate trained. Instructors must have meaningful, active engagement in either the Creative Commons Global Network or another open community.
  • CC will publicize course revisions and updates in communications to instructors but, it is each instructor’s responsibility to remain up-to-date on the course material and annual revisions.
  • Certification renewal is required after significant changes to the CC Certificate are made (no sooner than two years). Instructors are responsible for paying the renewal fee. While we cannot confirm a price yet, CC will aim to keep the cost of the renewal fee nominal, covering our associated operational costs for the renewal process.
  • Instructors must demonstrate a flexibility and a devotion to participants’ learning. They must be aware (and inquisitive) of their own cultural and individual biases—acknowledging their limitations as much as possible. When instructors do not have answers to participant questions, they must seek expert council from CC HQ.
  • Instructors are responsible for facilitating Certificate participants’ learning through direct responses in discussion platforms, feedback and reflections on assignments, and personalized attention in virtual meetings. This requires great attention to detail, timeliness, and thoughtfulness.
  • Instructors will need to be available for virtual meetings, and respond to planning emails and updated logistics.
  • Instructors must abide by the CC code of conduct.

Anticipated timeline


  • October 31: Application for BETA Instructor course open
  • November 19 (12:00 pm EST (UTC -5): Instructor application closes
    • The application will be open to Certificate graduates who wish to become Certificate instructors. We will open additional instructor trainings based on need in 2019 and in future years.
  • December 10: Applicants notified about acceptance for BETA Instructor course


  • December January 3-March 15: BETA test for Certificate instructor training
  • April-May: course revisions
  • September Instructor training (TENTATIVE)

Application for BETA Instructor course available here