We’re happy you’re interested in becoming a Udemy instructor. At Udemy you can teach what you know, or teach what you love, and millions of students are waiting, eager to learn.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding how to become an instructor.
Can I teach a course on any topic?
You are free to choose the topic you wish to teach on Udemy. Please refer to our restricted topic list, however, for details on the topics that we do not accept.
Do I have to pay any fees in order to become an instructor?
There is no fee to be an instructor on Udemy. Instructors are paid according to a revenue share model outlined here. When a student buys your course on our marketplace, revenue is shared between you and Udemy, according to our revenue share model.
What approval do I need to get started?
No approval is needed to get started. You can start creating your course via this link. Please note, in order to create paid courses, you'll need an active PayPal or Payoneer account.
Before your course is published on our platform it will need to meet our course minimum requirements, which can be viewed here.
How will I get paid?
Instructors can connect a PayPal or Payoneer account to their Udemy account. You are paid on a monthly basis (more details on our payment schedule for instructors can be read here).
What’s the general structure of a Udemy course? What is the primary teaching method?
A standard Udemy course is video-based. Courses must have at least 30 minutes of video content and at least 5 lectures or learning modules. Additional teaching tools (like assignments, quizzes, and coding exercises, etc) can be added to create a rich learning experience for students.
For courses regarding certification preparation, we also offer instructors the ability to create a Practice Test course. These courses are comprised solely of practice questions (more info can be viewed here).
Are there any requirements that my course must meet?
Yes. Courses must have at least 30 minutes of video content and at least 5 lectures or learning modules.
In order to ensure that students have great learning experiences, we also have a Quality Review Process that every course goes through. For more information on this please click here.
How do I get my course materials on your site?
Since we function primarily as an on-demand, video-based platform, you’ll need to upload your video files directly to Udemy. In other words, students must be able to view your course lectures on the Udemy platform.
In addition to our standard lecture uploader, we offer the ability to upload materials in bulk or import them via Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and other file storage tools. More information on our bulk file uploading options can be viewed here.
Does Udemy retain exclusive rights to my course if I sell it on your platform?
No. Our marketplace model means that when you publish a course on our platform, you retain all the rights to your content. You simply grant us a license to host the course and make it available to our users, and to advertise your course on our platform and on third party services.
These license terms are outlined in detail in Udemy’s instructor terms. You can also offer your course on other services, but we ask that your course is never offered for a lower price than on Udemy. Note that if your course is included in the Udemy for Business content collection, per the Promotions Policy, there may be additional distribution restrictions.
Can you tell me more about the existing demand for my course topic on Udemy?
With our Marketplace Insights tool, we offer robust reporting on student demand, search volume, and revenue for a particular topic to help you decide what course to teach. If no data exists for a topic you’re searching, it likely means that there’s an opportunity to fill this gap in the Udemy marketplace and you should get started right away.
While success as an instructor on Udemy is not guaranteed, this tool offers some powerful data to help you make your decision.
Will Udemy promote my course?
As an instructor, you have the option to enroll in the Udemy Deals Program, which is made up of two marketing channels that spotlight your course(s) in different ways. For more information on the program, please click here.
Enrolling in the Udemy Deals Program gives Udemy the option to promote your course, at a discount. Selection for promotion is not guaranteed.
In addition, we provide instructors with extensive articles, resources and features at Udemy to help you effectively market your course(s). To learn more, please click here.
Can I teach a course in this language?
You can teach a course in any language of your choosing.
Do I have to use my real name to teach a course?
In order to maintain the integrity of our learning community, we do verify your identity before publishing any courses on the site. Instructors are free, however, to use a pen name or pseudonym in their instructor profile. You are not required to display your legal name.
How do I create a Udemy course?
This section includes extensive resources on how you can create a Udemy course and get started.
Instructors receive several kinds of email notifications related to Udemy, their courses and messages they're sent by students. In addition, some notifications can be accessed in your account’s notification bell at the top of the page. This article outlines how you can edit your notification settings, and the different types of notifications you may receive.
Please note: direct messaging and the Q&A are not available in free courses.
Editing the Notification Settings for Your Instructor Account
You can edit the notification settings for your Udemy account by following the steps below:
1. Move your cursor to the the top right-hand corner of the page
2. Click on Account from the drop-down menu and then Notification Settings
3. Select the notifications you wish to receive. Please note: if you want to receive instructor email notifications like the Daily Q&A Digest, or the New Student & Review Daily Digest, make sure to check the box next to Helpful resources and important updates related to being an instructor on Udemy.
4. If you don't wish to receive any emails from Udemy, then click on the box beside Don't send me any promotional emails.
Please note: if you check this box, you will not receive any instructor email notifications like the Daily Q&A Digest, the New Student & Review Daily Digest and lecture ready confirmations. In addition, you will not receive preview emails you request for your educational announcements or promotional emails.
Transactional emails, notifications for Q&A replies (not to be confused with the Daily Q&A Digest), and notifications for new direct messages you've been sent cannot be disabled.
5. After you have edited your notification settings, click Save
Editing the Notification Settings for a Specific Course
Instructors can also edit the notification settings for each of their courses, and select whether they wish to receive Lecture Ready Emails and the Daily Q&A Digest for a specific course.
First, make sure that the box is checked next to Helpful resources and important updates related to being an instructor on Udemy. Then to edit the notification settings for a specific course, please follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the course management page and click the Settings gear icon on the right
- Next, click Manage Email Notifications
- Select the notifications you wish to receive for that course and click save
For steps on how to edit the notification settings for a specific course you’re enrolled in as a student, please refer to this article.
Notifications: Email vs. Onsite
Depending on an instructor’s notification settings, they will receive a variety of email notifications regarding Udemy, their courses and student activity. These email notifications will be sent to the email address that you have registered for your Udemy account.
Some of the notifications that instructors will receive emails for include:
- new direct messages
- confirmation that your promotional email or educational announcement is on its way
- promotional email and educational announcement previews
- lecture ready confirmations
- Q&A replies
- The Daily Q&A Digest
- the New Student and Review Digest
- course invitations to students (for private courses).
In addition, instructors are delivered various on-site notifications, which can be accessed in your account’s notification bell at the top of the page. Some of the on-site notifications that are posted include:
- new questions and responses in the Q&A
- comments on course announcements
- feedback and responses for assignments
- confirmation that your course has received auto-generated captions
Onsite notifications are indicated by a red number that appears in the notification bell located at the top right of the page. By clicking on the bell, you will able to scroll through and click on the notification you wish to read.
We're sorry to hear you'd like to close your Udemy account. If you're having trouble with the site, or if there's anything we can help you with before you close your account, please contact Udemy Support.
If you’ve created a course on Udemy, or you have been added as a co-instructor to a course, the steps you need to take to close your account will vary depending on a few factors.
First, you will need to take the required steps as either a Course Instructor or Course Co-Instructor outlined below, before following the steps in the Closing Your Account section
Instructor of Courses with No Student Enrollments
If you’ve created draft courses on Udemy, you must delete each of the courses you created before closing your account (more info here).
If you have published any of your courses, but don’t yet have any enrolled students, unpublish the courses first, then delete them in order to close your account (more info here).
After deleting all of your courses, you can navigate to the Close Account page to permanently close your account with Udemy.
Instructor of Courses with Students Enrolled
If you have created any courses that are published or have been published in the past, and a student has enrolled in them, please contact Support for further instructions on how to close your account. Note that, per our student lifetime access feature, students who have enrolled in your courses will continue to have access to them after you close your account.
Instructor of Courses in Udemy for Business Content Collection
If any of your courses have been selected for inclusion in the Udemy for Business content collection, please contact our Udemy for Business Content team at email@example.com for further assistance. Note that, per our Promotions Policy, your course will continue to be available for enrollment in the Udemy for Business catalogue for a period of up to 12 months.
Co-Instructor with Course Manage Permissions
If you are listed as a co-instructor of a course and the original course creator has assigned you the “Manage” permission for the course, first navigate to the Course Settings page and remove yourself as a course co-instructor (directions here).
After removing yourself as a co-instructor from all courses, navigate to the Close Account section to permanently close your Udemy account.
Note: If there are any payments due to be paid to you in your Udemy Revenue Report, you won’t be able to close your account until your last scheduled payout is sent by Udemy.
Co-Instructor without Course Manage Permissions
If you are listed as a co-instructor of a course and you do not have the “Manage” permission for the course, you will need to contact the original course creator to remove you from the course (directions here).
After you’ve been removed from all courses you teach as a co-instructor, you can close your account following the steps below.
Note: If there are any payments due to be paid to you in your Udemy Revenue Report, you won’t be able to remove your account until your last scheduled payout is sent by Udemy.
Closing Your Account
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps above, you can proceed to close your account by following these steps:
1. Sign into your account.
2. Move your cursor to your avatar at the top right-hand corner of the page.
3. Click on Account in the drop-down menu
4. Next, click Close Account on the right-hand side
5. Enter your password and click Close Account again.
If you have any additional questions regarding how to close your instructor account, please contact our support team.
Anyone can create a free course on Udemy. If you want to charge students a fee for your courses, however, you will need to apply to become a premium instructor. The application is free, and is usually approved within 2 business days.
Apply to Become a Premium Instructor
- Start building a course.
- From the course management page click on List Price
- Click on here (see below) to complete your premium instructor application
Completing the Premium Instructor Application
After you click on the Premium Instructor application link on the List price page, you can complete your application, by following these steps:
- Enter your name or company name.
- Include a 60 character headline, or quick description of your expertise.
- Write a short bio.
- Enter your billing address and phone number
- Upload a profile picture
- Accept Udemy Terms of Service and choose which promotional programs you would like to participate in.
- Select your payout method (please see below)
Selecting Your Payout Method
Once you have entered your information and selected the promotional programs you would like to participate in, you will be prompted to select your payout method. Instructors can receive their payouts via PayPal or Payoneer.
To active a payout method for your Udemy account, please follow the steps below:
- Move your cursor to your profile avatar at the top right and click on Payout settings from the dropdown menu.
- On the Payout settings page, select the payout method you wish to use by clicking on Log In for PayPal and Connect for Payoneer.
- You will be directed to the payment processor’s website, where you will authenticate and create a link to your Udemy profile. If you do not have a PayPal or Payoneer account yet, you can also create a new account during this process.
After you’ve submitted your request, it may take up to three days to receive final approval from the payment processor. When your request is approved, the payment method status will change from Pending to Active, which indicates that you will now receive payment through that vendor. No further action is required on your behalf.
Please note: after your payment method has been approved, be sure to return to your course and select a price for it.
If you’re notified that the request was unsuccessful, you can also contact the payment processor directly to learn more about why a connection could not be established. You can contact PayPal Support by clicking here, and Payoneer’s Support team by clicking here.
There is no fee to become a premium instructor, and Udemy does not charge any transactional fees when delivering payment to instructors. Udemy does, however, keep a percentage of each sale depending on the transaction. Please click here to learn more about Udemy's revenue share.
You can review any fees PayPal or Payoneer charge on their respective sites. Payoneer’s fees can also be reviewed during the payment application process.
Payments from PayPal are delivered directly to your PayPal account, which can in turn, be transferred to your bank account. Payoneer payments can be delivered to your local bank account or to your prepaid MasterCard®.
Changing Your Payment Method Preference
If you wish to change your payment method in the future, you can do so, by following these steps:
- Return to the Payout settings page.
- If you currently only have one payment method active, click on Log In for PayPal and Connect for Payoneer, beside the payment method you wish to add.
- Once the request has been approved the payment method will be listed as Active.
Once you have established connections with each payment method, you can select which payment processor you would like to deliver your payouts at anytime by clicking on the “Set Active” link. Active indicates that you will now receive payment through that vendor.
Changing the Account of a Payment Method
If you need to change the PayPal account you have registered for your payment method, you can do so by following these steps:
- Return to the Payout settings page.
- Click on Log In beside the PayPal icon.
- After clicking Log In, you will be directed to PayPal’s website, where you will authenticate a different account, and generate a link to your Udemy profile.
If you wish to change your credentials for your Payoneer account, however, you will need to contact Payoneer directly. You can contact Payoneer support by clicking here.
Contacting Paypal And Payoneer
If you encounter any issues while authenticating your account on PayPal or Payoneer, please contact their respective support teams for assistance. You can contact PayPal Support by clicking here, and Payoneer’s Support team by clicking here.
For our FAQ article regarding Payoneer, please click here.
If you have any additional questions regarding how to set up your Premium Instructor account, please contact our support team.