Let’s jump right into the updated VIPKid hiring requirements that all teachers must now meet.
By the way, I’m Teacher Chelsey and I’ve been teaching for VIPKid since early 2018, taught thousands of students, received thousands of 5-apple feedback from parents.
With the intro out of the way, let’s get into what you came here for.
* Please note that there have been major changes in the “teaching English online” industry that has affected every online ESL company that was working with Chinese students. The requirements for VIPKid are still the same as what is written within this article, but I will be updating other articles/posting new articles to address this matter. *
What Are The VIPKid Hiring Requirements?
- A Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited university
- Eligible to work in the United States (excluding CA, NY & WA state residents) or Canada
- Two years teaching “experience” (mentoring, tutoring, coaching, babysitting, parenting)*
- Fluent in English
- TEFL or TESOL Certification**
- Pass background check
That’s the quick answer to the VIPKid hiring requirements, but we do need to go into each one a little bit more (especially #3 and #5). Continue reading below the image.
1. A Bachelor’s degree in ANY field from an accredited university
- You must have this. It can be from anywhere in the world, but they will ask for proof.
- You will be asked to supply VIPKid with either your transcripts or a picture of your diploma.
2. Two years of teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring or alternative education. *
They are a little loose when it comes to this requirement
If you have direct American K-12 school system teaching experience then this is your main pitch as experience of course!
They will also accept “teaching experience” as a:
- Summer Camp Work
- Sunday School Teaching
VIPKid just wants you to have two years of experience working with children and the company is open to more than direct teaching as a requirement.
3. Eligible to work in the United States or Canada
VIPKid requires their teachers to have either a United States or Canadian citizenship OR the ability to work within the United States or Canada via green card or temporary work visa.
This basically means that you file taxes in the United States or Canada and that you have a permanent US/CN based address.
** Please note that, as of 2020, current California residents are unable to apply for VIPKid at this time due to new state laws and regulations. You can read more on that here – Is VIPKid Hiring In California? **
*** Starting November 1st of 2020, VIPKid will no longer be hiring new teachers from New York state and Washington state. This decision does not impact current teachers, nor will it inhibit current teachers from those states to be able to renew their contracts. ***
However, you can work from anywhere in the world as long as you meet this requirement.
4. Fluent in English
You must be fluent in English, even if it’s not your first language.
This will be evaluated within the interview process and they prefer a neutral American accent.
“What if I have a heavy accent?”
I personally have a ‘southern’ accent, but I do well at taking my time so that I can speak clearly.
If you have a heavy accent, then I do suggest taking some time to practice speaking clearly and working on pronunciation.
Having a heavy accent isn’t a deal-breaker, but masking it will help you in the long run!
This also means people who are eligible to work in the United States or Canada, but have an United Kingdom or Australian accent will need to mask their accent with a more neutral one.
VIPKid parents are paying for an American English teaching experience, but you can be hired if you do well at hiding heavier accents.
Again, they will evaluate it during the interview process so take your time before setting it up so that you can practice beforehand.
5. TEFL or TESOL CERTIFICATION **
This is a newer requirement and it came directly from the Chinese government.
Actually, VIPKid isn’t the only online education company in China to be affected by this new government-enforced requirement.
From my understanding/research, it’s now mandated that ALL online teaching companies who teach Chinese students must employ teachers who have a TEFL or TESOL certification.
Good news though (IF you don’t currently have either)…
VIPKid actually offers its own TESOL-VIPKID Program that is free to new hires (this is how I got my certification).
At the moment, VIPKid seems to still be upholding this offer to its new teachers.
You’ll be required to complete this short TESOL training class and pass a quiz.
You’ll be doing this right before you sign your contract.
If you’re worried about this, don’t be because you’ll be able to retake the quiz as many times as you need in order to pass!
So you don’t technically have to have either of the TEFL or TESOL certifications when applying to VIPKid, but you’ll be required to finish their certification course before they’ll hire you.
(If you do have a TEFL/TESOL then you might be able to bypass the VIPKid-TESOL as long as you provide proof of your current TEFL/TESOL certification)
6. Pass a Background Check
This is something that most other blogs don’t mention as a requirement, but it is exactly that… required.
Because you’ll be working with children and VIPKid wants to make sure that their students are in safe company.
It’s a reasonable requirement and no, speeding tickets don’t hurt your chances of getting hired.
REQUIRED VIPKID TECHNOLOGY
- Computer or laptop (Chromebook not accepted)
- Reliable Internet
- HD Webcam
Let’s talk about these real fast.
1. You’ll be teaching online so that means that you definitely need a computer or laptop.
Due to some techy stuff in regards to VIPKid’s application platform, your computer or laptop must run on an updated Windows or Mac Operating System.
Because of this, Chromebooks are not acceptable and the VIPKid ‘portal’ will not be able to open on the Chromebook so please don’t think that you can “make it work”.
2. You’ll need reliable Internet.
This means that your Internet needs to be, well, reliable and VIPKid says that your Internet speed should be at least 20mps. (you can test your Internet speed over at SpeedTest)
IF your Internet is slower, use an ethernet cable to connect your computer or laptop directly to your router/modem.
VIPKid suggests this, and I honestly agree that it is important to do so.
On my resources page (coming soon), I have a link to a super long ethernet cable that is affordable and works great if your computer is far away from your router/modem.
I also suggest getting a HotSpot device (or be able to use the HotSpot feature on your iPhone if you have a good cell signal) because I have had times where my Internet just randomly stopped working in the middle of the night and my HotSpot saved my tushy!
3. You must also have an external HD (or internal HD) webcam.
Most newer laptops are already equipped with an HD webcam, but I’d test it out first and make sure that it’s actually clear.
If it’s not HD quality, or you don’t have a webcam, then you’ll need to get an external HD one.
4. & 5. You’ll need to be able to communicate clearly with your students so a headset and microphone are obviously needed as well.
A lot of headsets now come with a good microphone, so that’s a 2-for-1 technically.
No, you don’t have to have the ‘best’ headset initially, but remember that they’ll be sitting on top of your head for hours while teaching so I do suggest a good pair eventually.
Some teachers say that you can use earbud headsets and a laptop’s built-in microphone, but I highly suggest not to because they’re more likely to pick up background noise and just don’t provide the STUDENT with the quality experience that they deserve.
Again, you can refer to my resources page for more details on what I personally use and recommend!
WHAT VIPKID DOESN’T REQUIRE
Having a teaching license could be considered a bonus, but it is not necessary at all.
VIPKID doesn’t require you to have extensive teaching experience at all, but if you do then I’d be sure to emphasize that during your application/hiring process.
Those little ‘bonuses’ could help you get a higher base pay at the start, but don’t worry if you only meet the “looser” experience requirements because you can still have a chance to make a top dollar base rate.
Actually, here’s a link to a very detailed blog post of mine about how much VIPKid pays.
Do You Need to Know a Foreign Language to Teach for VIPKid?
No, knowing a foreign language is not a VIPKid requirement. You do not need to be concerned if you don’t know any language other than English.
It could be helpful for sure, but VIPKid offers a phenomenal teaching platform/curriculum that makes teaching English to students much easier than you’d think!
Is VIPKid Still Hiring?
Yes, as of December 2021, VIPKid is still hiring new teachers (except for applicants from the states of California, Washington, and New York). However, the landscape has changed due to changes in China that have forced out all private/non-Chinese-funded tutoring companies.
VIPKid has now gone global. Although they are still hiring new teachers, they are being more selective and/or are much slower in the hiring process because they lost the vast majority of their students in China.
As they rebuild their student base on a global scale, it will take some time before they are back to the high student-to-teacher demand that they once were.
How Long Does It Take To Get Hired At VIPKid?
On average, the VIPKid hiring process generally takes an average of 1-2 weeks. However, with the transition to going global, the hiring process is likely to take much longer (as of December 2021).
Does VIPKid Verify Your Degree?
Yes, VIPKid will need to verify your degree. You will be asked to supply VIPKid with either your transcripts or a picture of your diploma.
What If I Fail the VIPKid Hiring Process?
Easy, you can reapply with another email address!
For real, it’s that simple.
I’ve read of some teachers who have “failed” at some point in their hiring process, but have then gone on to reapply where they then aced all of it!
** Let me note that if you were “failed” because you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree or you aren’t eligible to work in the United States… then reapplying will not change the end result!
Does VIPKid Provide Lesson Plans?
Yes, VIPKid has an amazing curriculum. Once you’re used to it, you will be amazed at how seamlessly you can transition from class to class.
Ok great… you’ve made it this far! Now what?
If you meet the above qualifications and are good with young children, then you should definitely apply to become a VIPKid teacher!
I do my best to provide as much content and helpful advice as I can on this blog and through my Instagram.
If you sign up via the link below, I will personally do my best to help you navigate the hiring process.
I wholeheartedly believe that having some personal guidance can help you get through it with a better chance of success than if you decide to go through it on your own!
Once you have started the VIPKid application process with me as your referral, please DM me on Instagram @teacherchelsey and I will verify that you have successfully applied with my referral link/code and I will get back to you as quickly as possible to help guide you through the process as best as I can.