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Become a Certified Master Crochet or Knitting Teacher

For over 35 years, our master teachers have been equipping crochet and knitting enthusiasts like you to become master teachers of your own. Through onsite classes and a short, 6-month correspondence course, you can complete assignments that will train you to become a certified teacher, capable of expertly teaching anyone. Join more than 15,000 students who have already completed the training and become master teachers.

Correspondence Course

Conveniently offered as a correspondence course through the Craft Yarn Council

Gain Confidence

Gain increased confidence in your crochet or knitting skills and your ability to convey these skills to others

Network with other Certified Teachers

Become part of the Craft Yarn Council's teachers' database network, network with other Certified teachers at the CIP Facebook page, and be eligible to participate in the Craft Yarn Council's Discover Class Program at Michaels Stores

You'll be redirected to the Craft Yarn Council site in order to apply.

Trusted by more than 15,000 students! Teaching students for more than 35 years!

Inspire a love for crochet and/or knitting in others

It’s time you enrolled in 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.

You'll be redirected to the Craft Yarn Council site in order to apply.

Program Information

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.

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.

You'll be redirected to the Craft Yarn Council site in order to apply.


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

I feel like I'm a much better teacher and I feel more comfortable and confident in the classroom.

Jennifer O. – Richmond, KY

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

You'll be redirected to the Craft Yarn Council site in order to apply.

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