What Qualifications Do I Need to Become a Tutor?

The type of qualifications required to become a tutor depends on where you are seeking work as a tutor. Tutors can either work for themselves, or get a job as an online tutor for an online tutoring company or work for an academic resource center at a college, university or school.

Requirements to Work for Yourself:

If you plan on working for yourself and finding private clients on your own, you aren’t really required to have any qualifications. This is one of many reasons why tutoring is a good job for teens and college students.

Keep in mind though that your clients may ask for some type of proof that you are proficient in the subjects you tutor. This type of proof might be something like report cards, college transcripts, academic awards or possibly references from other people you have tutored on the subject.

Requirements to Work for an Online Tutoring Company:

If you plan on working for an online tutoring company, the requirements vary by company. Some companies require you to have a college degree while others don’t.

The majority of these companies require a high GPA, proof of proficiency in the subject you want to tutor in and the ability to pass a background check. Check with the specific tutoring company you want to work for to see what their requirements are.

 

Can I Tutor Without a Degree?

A college degree is not needed to be a good tutor, but tutoring companies often hire tutors with degrees to use them as a selling point to potential clients. There are a lot of tutoring companies out there so they often try to find any way they can to help stand out from the crowd. There are definitely more tutoring companies that require degrees then ones that do not.

Don’t be dismayed though. There are online tutoring companies that don’t require a college degree. Most of these types of companies do require that you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, some require that you be a college sophomore or higher, that you have proof of U.S. residence and that you are competent in specific subjects, such as math.

The following online tutoring companies that don’t require a college degree:

Tutorcare.com
Tutorcare states on its website that working as a tutor for the site is a great job for high school or college students. The company even provides free professional training. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.

Student-Tutor.com
Student-Tutor hires college students or recent grads with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Tutors must have prior tutoring experience with 6th-12th graders, strong math skills and the ability to pass a background check.

Tutor.com
Tutor.com hires college students, teachers and etc who can pass their subject exams, mock tutoring sessions and a background check.

Study Room
Study Room doesn’t state the exact requirements to become a tutor but it specifically hires students to tutor other students.

Kaplan
Kaplan.com doesn’t require their tutors to have a college degree but it does require them to be proficient in all areas of the Kaplan exams and they must have taken the exam they are interested in tutoring for and have achieved a score at or above the 90th percentile on that exam.

Happy Tutors
Happytutors.com hires both college undergraduates and graduates. Pay rates depend on your level of education with college undergraduates earning between $20-$40 per hour and college graduates earning between $25-$50 per hour.

Requirements to be a Peer Tutor at a College or University:

If you plan on being a peer tutor at an academic resource center for a college or university, the requirements vary by the college or academic facility that hires tutors.

Most peer tutoring jobs at colleges require that you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, that you have A’s and B’s in the subjects you want to tutor and that you provide at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members.

Some colleges require that you have an associates degree as well. If you are interested in becoming a peer tutor at your college, ask a faculty member if there are peer tutoring services available on your campus and then follow up with that specific facility about their qualification requirements.

Do I Need a Tutoring Certificate?

No, tutoring certificates are not required to become a tutor. None of the sites listed in this article require a certificate and private clients generally do not require you to have a tutoring certificate.

One reason to get a tutoring certificate anyway is that it can help you stand out among the thousands of other private tutors in the industry.

Another reason is that tutoring certificate programs train you how to be a better tutor, which might help you if you are new to tutoring and don’t have much experience.

Sources:
Tutorpace: Careers at Tutorpace: www.tutorpace.com/careers
Tutorvista: Teaching Jobs: www.tutorvista.com/teaching-jobs
E-Tutor: Becoming a Tutor: www.e-tutor.com/becoming-a-tutor.php
AsapTutors.com: Job Openings: asaptutor.com/job.html
PearsonEd: Become a Tutor with Smarthinking: www.pearsoned.com/higher-education/products-and-services/services-and-solutions-for-higher-ed/services/smarthinking/contact-us/become-a-tutor/
Aim4A: Tutors and E-Tutors Wanted: www.aim4a.com/tutors.php
TutorCare.com: Tutoring Jobs: www.tutorcare.com/tutoring-jobs/
Student-Tutor: In-person and Online Tutoring Jobs: student-tutor.com/tutor-us/
Tutor.com: Become a Tutor: www.tutor.com/

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