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Tutoring Certifications 101

Tiffany Smith
Aug. 9, 2017

Why getting certified as a tutor will help you find clients.

You have a degree, the latest supplies, and you've spent hundreds of dollars in advertising. You know you're the best tutor. So why do you need more certification?

We'll tell you why: Because the people who are hoping to find a tutor expect candidates to have specialized training.

Where to Start

  • Two great places where you can get professional home-tutor certification are the National Tutoring Association and the American Tutoring Association. On these sites, which offer varying levels of tutor certification, you'll often find online courses that allow you to study on your own for a final exam.
  • If you plan to work with college-level students, try the College Reading & Learning Association.
  • Hundreds of colleges and universities offer on-campus or online tutor certification as well. Higher-level courses explore more advanced topics, such as diversity training, strategies for dealing with troubled students and parents, and progressive teaching methods.

Cost of Certification

  • Getting certified by an organization will cost between $200 and $500.
  • The cost of a college- or university-level certification will differ depending on the cost of courses.

The Advantages of Being Certified

  • Certification will, of course, make you a better tutor.
  • It will also make you stand out from the thousands of other people marketing themselves as home tutors.
  • Parents feel more comfortable when they know their children are getting the very best professional attention.
  • When you have the home-tutor certification, you will feel confident in your ability to deal with even the toughest students.

College Caregivers at Care.com

At Care.com, we have specific pages for you to list your services if you are attending, or work at, a local college through our College Caregivers section. Making your services available in many places will help you find more opportunities for tutoring jobs in your area!


Tiffany Smith has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite. 

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