A snapshot of this lesson from 2022-11-28 is being tested on The Carpentries Workbench: https://preview.carpentries.org/instructor-training.
The Workbench version of this lesson will become default on 2023-04-03.

Getting Started on Instructor Certification


Teaching: 15 min
Exercises: 15 min
  • What do I need to do to finish certifying as a Carpentries Instructor?

  • Describe the final steps required to qualify as an Instructor.

  • Schedule your community discussion session.

In this short episode, we will take a moment to review the actions you will need to take after this training to become a fully certified Carpentries Instructor.

Instructor Checkout

After completing the Instructor Training workshop, there are three final steps to complete before qualifying as an Instructor. Briefly, the three steps are:

  1. Make a small contribution to a lesson or glossary.
  2. Take part in an online community discussion session.
  3. Take part in an online teaching demonstration session.

All trainees have 3 months (90 days) from the end date of your training to complete checkout. If you need more time, 3-month extensions may be requested by emailing instructor.training@carpentries.org. Extensions may be granted for any reason up to 1 year from your training date.

Be The Expert: Checkout Q & A

In small groups, read and discuss one of the three checkout procedures described on this page: https://carpentries.github.io/instructor-training/checkout/index.html Make notes in the Etherpad:

  • What points do you think it is most important or helpful for people to remember?
  • What questions or points of confusion do you have, or think others might have? When you are done, report back to the full group about that stage of the process.

This exercise should take about 10 minutes.

Schedule a Discussion or Demo

Visit the discussion Etherpad to sign up for a session: https://pad.carpentries.org/community-discussions If the session you would like to attend is full, contact the discussion host and co-host to ask if you can attend.

If you would prefer to do your teaching demonstration before your discussion, visit the demo Etherpad and sign up there: https://pad.carpentries.org/teaching-demos This demo rubric is provided as a guide for Trainers evaluating potential new Instructors during the teaching demonstration.

If these pages are hard to navigate or you cannot find a suitable time, save these links where you can find them again and make a note to schedule these steps for your checkout process.

This exercise should take 5 minutes.

What does a badge mean?

Key Points

  • To certify, you must contribute to a lesson, take part in a discussion, and do a teaching demo within 90 days of your training event.