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Becoming and online teacher is an easy way to monetize your native language skills. You can have fun with language learners and meet people from all over the world. An easy way to start is by applying to an online platform like italki.

But beware: Some platforms want certain qualifications. I will talk about that in a later post.

A checklist for becoming an online teacher

This list is for one of the well known online teaching platforms, but it can be applied for any teaching platform because they are the basics for having success in applying.

To apply as a teacher, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit an application on the online teaching platform. Applicants will be notified of the result.
  2. Complete the following onboarding process within 15 calendar days upon receiving a pre-approval email.
    • Upload your identity document
    • Watch the Teacher Success tutorial videos
    • Complete the guided tutorials to set up your account
    • Pass the quizzes.

After you have completed the onboarding process and finished setting up your account you are ready to go! 

Video communication tools

You can use one or more of the following video platforms to conduct lessons. Some platforms will have their own video program.

  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts
  • Facetime
  • WeChat
  • QQ

Microphone and webcam

You must have a microphone and a webcam. Headphones are also recommended.

Using an external camera or microphone typically provides better audio/video quality than using your device’s built-in camera or microphone.

Once your teacher application has been pre-approved, you’ll be asked to verify your ID.

Before you start, we recommend that you check out the List of the supported countries and types of documents to understand which types of documents are acceptable.

Below is a step-by-step guide:

Step 1

You can verify your identity with official government document — ID-card, passport, driving license, etc. After taking a photo of your document, please upload the pictures, using the form. Here you can find a list of the supported countries and types of documents.

First, choose your country/region, ID type, and upload the photos of your document.

What is important to note when you upload proof of identity: All corners of the document should be visible in the photo. The text in the document should be easy to read. Make sure there are no highlights or stains on the photo. Low-quality pictures won’t be accepted. Black and white photos of documents are not acceptable. If your document has two pages or two sides (for example, a US ID-card or a CIS passport), both sides/pages must be attached. The document must be valid for at least a month. An expired document won’t be validated. Do not edit or correct your documents with graphic editors. JPEG or PDF files larger than 100 KB are acceptable. Scans and digital documents in PDF format are acceptable, but NOT photos converted to PDF

Step 2

Take a video selfie to confirm that the document belongs to you (its owner). Click “I’m ready” to start. You can also continue on your phone.

Having trouble? Here are some tips:

  • Make sure it’s not too dark
  • Try again in front of a neutral background
  • Try using a different device or browser

Check your platform for more detailed information.

Step 3

When all the information is submitted, please check it one more time for any mistakes. If needed, you can click “Edit” to check your documents again before submitting.

If everything is correct, the only thing left is to wait for approval. It usually takes 10 minutes to verify your documents. However, it may take up to 24 hours in some cases (also depending on the platform).


  • Make sure that your profile data corresponds with the submitted documents that are clearly visible to avoid issues. Otherwise, your application will be declined.
  • Once you’ve started, please complete the ID verification process within 30 minutes, otherwise you’ll need to restart. 
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