How to Become an Instructor: FAQ

We’re happy you’re interested in becoming a Gurukol instructor. At Gurukol you can teach what you know, or teach what you love, and millions of students are waiting, eager to learn.

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding how to become an instructor.

Can I teach a course on any topic?

You are free to choose the topic you wish to teach on Gurukol. Please refer to our restricted topic list, however, for details on the topics that we do not accept.

Do I have to pay any fees in order to become an instructor?

There is no fee to be an instructor on Gurukol. Instructors are paid according to a revenue share model outlined here. When a student buys your course on our marketplace, revenue is shared between you and Gurukol, according to our revenue share model.

What approval do I need to get started?

No approval is needed to get started. You can start creating your course via this link. Please note, in order to create paid courses, you'll need an active PayPal account.

Before your course is published on our platform it will need to meet our course minimum requirements.

Course Quality Checklist, we've broken down Gurukol’s guidelines for the individual components of an ideal course into two segments: Required and Recommended.

Required items on the checklist are items that every Gurukol course, obviously, must have.  We’re talking about things like HD video, good audio, 5 lectures or more, and at least 30 minutes of video content.

At least 30 minutes of video content

At least 5 separate lectures

Valuable educational content (Learn more)

HD video quality (720p or 1080p) *

Audio that comes out of both channels and is synced to video

Audio quality that is not distracting to students*

A high-quality course image in line with Gurukol image standards (min. 2048x1152 pixels)

A well-written course title and subtitle that includes relevant keywords

A brief, honest, well-written course description

Clear course goals, target audience, and requirements that are easy and understand

A credible and complete instructor bio and profile picture.


Recommended items are those that make good courses, well, great. Great courses blow students away with lots of instructor engagement, or super helpful supplemental resources or innovative approaches to presenting the material. Courses that include the recommended items really stand out and engage students.

A 2-5 minute introductory lecture tells them what to expect in the course and each section

You challenge them with a quick win action within the first 3 lectures (or first 15 minutes)

You share useful content early in the course, avoiding spending too much time on background

Each section has a clear goal or primary skill, with all lectures building to reach that subgoal

Each lecture has 1 main concept and message (not 5!)

Each section has at least 1 learning activity, such as an exercise, project, or quiz to give students a chance to apply what they’ve learned

Lectures are between 2-20 minutes in length (exceptions: yoga, code along, or meditation)

Lecture formats vary throughout the course.

Too much screencast or talking head can become tedious.

Choose your lecture format based on the material you are teaching.

Article (text) Lectures and practice activities are great too.

They relate to the instructor. Talking head lectures build rapport, particularly early in a course.

It’s easy to find the resources they need. Provide all needed resources, downloads, and links for each practice activity (ex. worksheets, source code, practice files, etc.).


How will I get paid?

Instructors can connect a PayPal account to their Gurukol account. You are paid on a monthly basis (more details on our payment schedule for instructors be provided).

What’s the general structure of a Gurukol course? What is the primary teaching method?

A standard Gurukol course is video-based. Courses must have at least 30 minutes of video content and at least 5 lectures or learning modules. Additional teaching tools (like assignments, quizzes, and coding exercises, etc) can be added to create a rich learning experience for students.

For courses regarding certification preparation, we also offer instructors the ability to create a Practice Test course. These courses are comprised solely of practice questions.

Are there any requirements that my course must meet?

Yes. Courses must have at least 30 minutes of video content and at least 5 lectures or learning modules.

In order to ensure that students have great learning experiences, we also have a Quality Review Process that every course goes through.

How do I get my course materials on your site?

Since we function primarily as an on-demand, video-based platform, you’ll need to upload your video files directly to Gurukol. In other words, students must be able to view your course lectures on the Gurukol platform.

Does Gurukol retain exclusive rights to my course if I sell it on your platform?

No. Our marketplace model means that when you publish a course on our platform, you retain all the rights to your content.  You simply grant us a license to host the course and make it available to our users, and to advertise your course on our platform and on third party services.  

These license terms are outlined in detail in Gurukol’s instructor terms. You can also offer your course on other services, but we ask that your course is never offered for a lower price than on Gurukol. Note that if your course is included in the Gurukol for Business content collection, per the Promotions Policy, there may be additional distribution restrictions.

Can you tell me more about the existing demand for my course topic on Gurukol?

With our Marketplace Insights tool, we offer robust reporting on student demand, search volume, and revenue for a particular topic to help you decide what course to teach. If no data exists for a topic you’re searching, it likely means that there’s an opportunity to fill this gap in the Gurukol marketplace and you should get started right away.

While success as an instructor on Gurukol is not guaranteed, this tool offers some powerful data to help you make your decision.

Will Gurukol promote my course?

As an instructor, you have the option to enroll in the Gurukol Program, which is made up of two marketing channels that spotlight your course(s) in different ways. For more information on the program, contact [email protected]

Enrolling in the Gurukol Program gives Gurukol the option to promote your course, at a discount. The selection for promotion is not guaranteed.

In addition, we provide instructors with extensive articles, resources and features at Gurukol to help you effectively market your course(s).

Can I teach a course in this language?

You can teach a course in any language of your choosing.

How do I create a Gurukol course?

This section includes extensive resources on how you can create a Gurukol course and get started.