Do you have strong basic crochet or knitting technique skills? Do you enjoy teaching others?
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If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s time you considered the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program (CIP). Since 1982, working with a dedicated staff of master teachers, more than 15,000 students have completed the course and gone on to teach in retail stores, adult education programs, and to share their knowledge with friends, co-workers and family.
Benefits of Certification
- Gain increased confidence in your crochet or knitting skills and your ability to convey these skills to others
- Become part of the Craft Yarn Council's teachers' database network
- Network with other Certified teachers at the CIP Facebook page
- Be eligible to participate in the Craft Yarn Council's Discover Class Program at Michaels Stores
About the Program
The Council's education program is rigorous and encourages students to continually improve. The CIP is offered via correspondence and as an onsite course. However, most students enroll in the correspondence program because onsite classes are held infrequently, usually at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City over a series of days. (Onsite classes require a minimum of 15 students. Upcoming onsite classes are listed at the top right-hand side of this page.) Differences between the correspondence and onsite course The correspondence CIP is divided into Level I and Level II. You may enroll in one level or both at the same time, however, you must pass Level I before submitting Level II homework assignments. For correspondence, students have six months to complete each level of the Certified Instructors Program or additional fees apply. For the onsite course, there is approximately 15 hours of class time held over a series of days. The curriculum covers both Levels I & II. Both correspondence and onsite programs require students to complete student teaching hours.
CIP graduates share their experiences
I feel like I'm a much better teacher and I feel more comfortable and confident in the classroom. Jennifer O. – Richmond, KY
You need to realize there is a time commitment in preparing the samples and the lesson plan. Terra T. - Tulsa, OK
…. The program provides you with the much better understanding of teaching techniques and how to communicate and instruct students/classes so they have the confidence to start. Maria K., Gatdena, CA
…. The program pushed me to make an advancement to improve my craft, open up doors for my career and share my craft and talents with others. Gina H. - Pine Hill, NJ
… The information available through the manual as well as support from the master teacher are incredibly valuable…. my master teacher, has been a great resource for crochet questions concerning certification as well as beyond the scope of the certification. Fortunately, through this entire process I have the bonus of learning and growing in my crochet through her. Julie H., Luling, LA
Level I-Instructor: Crochet Curriculum Covers teaching basics, writing a lesson plan, a review of basic stitches, increases and decreases, pattern stitches and crocheting in the round. In addition to a review of their homework assignments and testing by their master teacher, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of student teaching to receive a basic Certificate of Participation, which qualifies them to teach beginner classes.
Level I-Instructor: Knitting Curriculum Covers teaching basics, writing a lesson plan, a review of basic techniques and stitch combinations, cables, increases and decreases and circular knitting. In addition to a review of their homework assignments and testing by their master teacher, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of student teaching to receive a basic Certificate of Participation, which qualifies them to teach beginner classes.
Level II-Teacher: Crochet Curriculum Covers crochet meshes, stitch and color variations, Tunisian, Aran and other techniques, finishing, pattern writing and lesson plans. In addition to a review of their homework assignments and testing by their master teacher, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of student teaching to receive the teaching Certificate of Participation.
Level II-Teacher: Knitting Curriculum Cover multi-color knitting, short rows, assembling techniques, embellishment, picking up stitches, buttonholes, pattern writing and lesson plans. In addition to a review of their homework assignments and testing by their master teacher, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of student teaching to receive the teaching Certificate of Participation.
About our Master Teachers
The Craft Yarn Council is extremely proud of its elite team of Master Teachers. What makes these professionals so special?
Here are just a few of the characteristics:
- Wide-ranging knowledge of their craft
- Extensive experience in teaching others
- Ability to convey knowledge in a variety of settings
Our Master Teachers are individuals who have taught extensively. Their experience might include:
- Teaching at TKGA/CGOA conventions, Stitches Shows, and Vogue Knitting Live
- Owning and operating a retail store for many years with a successful class program
- Publishing a well-respected book which involved teaching nationwide
Recognition Pin & Certificates
At the successful completion of each Level, students receive a handsome pin to wear with pride, a personalized certificate and their name is added to the Council's growing education database. The Council staff refers to this database when we receive requests for teachers from retailers, schools or groups nationwide.
Correspondence Level I: $85
Correspondence Level II: $85
Onsite class: $200
Members of CGOA receive special discounts:
Correspondence Level I: $75
Correspondence Level II: $75
Onsite class: $185
CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY:
All checks or money orders MUST be in U.S. Dollars.
It is exciting to reach a worldwide audience of knitters and crocheters, but unfortunately, at this time, we are only able to process Certified Instructor Program requests from the U.S. and Canada.
To register for one of the on-site workshops listed above or for the correspondence program, complete the Application for the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Programs.
For more information, E-mail Craft Yarn Council offices.