Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How many hours of work does the Certificate course require?

  • While each learner devotes different amounts of time to the Certificate, and coursework varies from week to week, we aim for course work to take 6-10 hours per week.

What do I get with the Certificate?

  • Creative Commons offers a digital Certificate (PDF) that recognizes specialization in open licensing and the Commons, and the ability to help others understand and implement open licenses. Those who receive CC Certificates will be highlighted on the CC website, and will join a network of CC-certified colleagues. CC may explore additional options (accreditation and/or digital badging) in the future.

Does everyone participating in the course get a certificate?

  • The CC Certificate is highly rigorous and time-intensive. Only participants who earn a 90% or higher on the assessments will receive a Certificate. If you receive less than 90% on any assessment, you will have an opportunity to re-submit for a higher grade. We want all learners to become experts and get Certified.

Can I represent Creative Commons once I am Certified?

  • No. The Certificate only signifies that you have expertise in open licensing. While we welcome you to join and engage with the CC global network, you are not authorized to represent or speak on behalf of Creative Commons.

Who can I contact for technical support?

  • If you have any technical difficulties, please contact

What other CC Certificate tracks will you offer?

  • Creative Commons currently has Certificates for Educators and Librarians. We aim to meet the growing demand for open licensing certification across different fields. While we cannot promise additional Certification tracks, we are currently building Certificates for Government and GLAM audiences.

Can you explain more about the Certificate course prices?

  • The Certificate price structure was built to 1) share knowledge about CC licensing and the Commons with the widest audience possible, as well as 2) cover operational costs and development, including: website, payment and registration systems; certifying, hiring and paying instructors; scheduling Certificate courses and bootcamps;  recertification and potential future accreditation. Program development also includes expanding and improving the program—we will update the content annually, invest in new Certificate types (e.g., GLAM), and translate the Certificates into multiple languages. We want to make the Certificate available to everyone, and will also offer scholarship opportunities in the future.

Who should take the Certificate course?

  • Currently, we offer Certificate “tracks” for academic librarians and educators. However, the Certificate is open to everyone, from university students and entry-level professionals to experts. Participants join the course from a variety of roles in academic institutions and NGOs including: instructional designers, professors, program managers, emeritus librarians, scholarly communication librarians, data engineers, deans and directors, copyright managers, and more. We will offer Certificate “tracks” for more fields in the future.


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