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MakerKids Teacher Certification

MakerKids is dedicated to the advancement of human engagement and intellectual performance. Now you can be certified by MakerKids. It is the first organization to provide precise and quantifiable definitions of how to teach 21st century skills and mindsets to kids through making. This precision demands results that are observable, measurable and repeatable. To support this mandate, MakerKids is committed to results-based education and training that includes entry-level courses such as the MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course and the MakerKids Robotic Inventions Certificate Course, as well as advanced credentials such as the MakerKids Advanced Minecraft Certificate Course.

MakerKids’ Teaching Approach

MakerKids is a method for teaching 21st century skills and mindsets to children ages 7-12. Based on the principles of Make Yourself the Person You Want to Become, Make the World a Better Place, and Make Something Awesome, MakerKids emphasizes excellent intellectual and personal development throughout childhood and adolescence. Consistently great ‘making’ experiences translate to increased engagement at school, increased confidence, and improvements in social skills. Not only that, a vast body of research indicates that ‘making’ is beneficial to cognitive function, which means consistent adherence to the program can have a positive impact on children’s academic achievement.

MakerKids is meant to be fun for all ages. Fun means we provide an active alternative to passive pursuits, which means a move from being consumers to being creators, and all-around better health for our children. Further, the needs of a multi-aged classroom differ by degree and not kind; the program is scalable for any age or experience level and accounts for the varied maturation status one can find in a class full of kids. MakerKids is designed to be minimalist; it is inexpensive and often requires little or no equipment, allowing a wide array of socioeconomic groups an opportunity to be intellectually engaged and intellectually active throughout their lives.

MakerKids programs have been run all over the world, in countries such as Canada, Norway, England, USA, Rome, and more.

MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course

The MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course is an introduction to MakerKids’ methodology and foundational curriculum. The course includes classroom instruction on these topics, as well as hands-on small-group training for the core concepts. These group sessions are conducted in a low intensity way with a focus on improving skills. Students’ skills are observed and corrected, and they engage in dialogue concerning effective instructing techniques. Large group MakerKids lessons are conducted as an example of bridging the gap from theory to practice. These lessons provide examples of how to:

  • Conduct a class.
  • Hold a standard of effective technique in large class sizes
  • Achieve relative high levels of learning for each individual.
  • Scale for any ability level.

The MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course provides introductory education on the fundamental principles and curriculum of MakerKids. It is structured to meet two goals: 1) Provide attendees with the knowledge to better use MakerKids methods for themselves; and 2) Provide attendees with an initial and foundational education to begin training others using MakerKids.

The purpose of this course is to learn specific methods for teaching MakerKids topics to children and adolescents. Participants learn techniques to overcome the unique challenges of teaching kids MakerKids methodology, as well as how a MakerKids program can help build one’s affiliate. Attendees will also see how MakerKids is changing the lives of children and teens around the world for the better. Other topics covered include neurological development as it relates to academics, social skills, health and safety, programming, teaching styles, class structure, and kids games. Throughout the course, participants learn how to pair ‘making’ with fun—which is essential in promoting a lifetime of intellectual curiousity and engagement. Affiliate owners, teachers, coaches, parents, home-schooling families and others benefit from learning this unique, kid-friendly approach to teaching MakerKids methodology.

Learning Objectives

The MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course teaches participants to:

  • Define the core concepts of the MakerKids program.
  • Pair all aspects of ‘making’ with fun.
  • Identify the primary points of performance of the foundational curriculum.
  • Perform the foundational skills effectively and identify when they have committed an error.
  • Identify correct techniques when training others.
  • Teach children how to perform the foundational curriculum safely and effectively
  • Identify sound vs unsound techniques when training others, and apply appropriate correction toward improved technique.
  • Apply the MakerKids program safely and effectively while gaining the experience necessary to develop competency in training others using MakerKids methods.

Information & Registration

Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Request for Information about Videogame Programming Certification’

MakerKids Robotic Inventions Certificate Course

Once you have taken the MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course, you are eligible to take the MakerKids Robotic Inventions Certificate Course.

Information & Registration

Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Request for Information about Robotics Inventions Certification’


MakerKids Advanced Minecraft Certificate Course

Once you have taken the MakerKids Robotic Inventions Certificate Course, you are eligible to take the MakerKids Advanced Minecraft Certificate course.

Information & Registration

Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Request for Information about Advanced Minecraft Certification’

Coming Soon: 

MakerKids 3D Printing Certificate Course

MakerKids Electronics Certificate Course

Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Request for Information about 3D Printing and Electronics Certification’


Certification Details and Requirements


  • A criminal background check must be conducted and submitted prior to registration.

Test Results and Certificates

To receive a Certificate, one must attend and participate in all parts of the Course. If you do not meet these requirements, you are issued  only a Certificate of Attendance.

Test results are delivered to participants via email five to seven days from the test date.

Individuals receive a pass-or-fail result. No numerical score will be issued.

Certificates of attendance are emailed within one month of course attendance.

Instructor certificates are individually mailed and can take up to four weeks to arrive for those living in the United States, and six to eight weeks for those living outside the United States.


The default language for the MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course is English. In some countries, a translator is provided.

What to Bring

  • Printed version of the registration receipt.
  • Government-issued photo ID.
  • Seminar Guide (sent with course confirmation emails) with pen/pencil.
  • Laptop
  • Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off-site during the lunch break.


Participants receive a t-shirt with course attendance, either on site or after the course by redeeming an offer


The MakerKids Videogame Programming Certificate Course runs two days in a row, from 9AM-5PM. Please arrive at 8:30AM on Day 1 to check in.


  • Course (and test): US$1,000 if registered 14 days or more prior to the course date or US$1,200 if registered within 14 days of the course start date.
  • Revalidation (course and test): US$500.
  • Retest only: US$150.

MakerKids does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

Email [email protected] for discounts for librarians and school teachers. Use subject line ‘Request for Information about Certification Discounts’

Support & Registration

Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Request for Information about Certification’