VIPKid Application and Interview Process (Updated May 27, 2019)

Like any good company, VIPKid is constantly updating their hiring process to help ensure well-qualified and well-prepared candidates and teachers. Below is a description of the process as of May 27, 2019.

If you are interested in applying and have any questions, please feel free to ask, and I will help if I can!

1.  Application

This is a very short and fast process, but it’s important that you understand the minimum requirements. See a step-by-step walkthrough here:

Completing the VIPKid Application

2.  Interview

The interview process is currently changing, and for most applicants, there are three options.

  • Option 1: Smart Demo Lesson (100% on smartphone app)Brief content review of VIPKid Essentials
    • 5-question quiz
    • Sample Teaching/Demo (1-slide, 2.5 minutes)

For more information about the Smart Demo Lesson, see:

New Smart Demo Lesson – VIPKid Shortcut – April 2019

  • Option 2: Simplified Demo Lesson (Beginning 5/27/19)

Effective May 27, 2019, some applicants are being offered the chance to schedule a live “Simplified Demo Lesson. This may be done live or via recorded session. For more information, see:

VIPKid Simplified Demo Lesson (May 27, 2019)

  • Option 3: Fast Pass Coaching Day

If you live in certain areas, you can take part in a VIPKid fast pass coaching day. This is a 3.5 hour event that allows you to meet other teachers and complete hands on learning as you go through the process. To learn more, see:

VIPKid Fast Pass Coaching Day

3. Teacher Preparation

Once you have passed the interview and demo, you will want to take some time and prepare for the certification/mock class process. A few key things to think about:

  • What ages of students would you most like to teach?
  • Based on feedback from your demo, what areas do you most need to review and/or practice?
  • What TPR, props, etc. will you use for your certification?
  • Have you gotten feedback from your mentor on your mock classes?

Here’s a quick article to walk you through some of the basic steps you can take to prepare during this phase: VIPKid Teacher Prep.

4. Mock Class/Certification

By this point, you have passed the tough parts, and now you just need to get certified. You should know what levels you want to teach.

  • Lower Levels (2/3)
    • Certification will be on Level 2 Interactive curriculum
    • Applicants should review the Level 3 information independently in the certification area of the teacher portal upon successful completion
  • Intermediate Levels (4/5)

I’ve developed a more comprehensive guide for preparing for the Lower Levels.

VIPKid – Preparing for Mock Class (Lower Level)

I’ll add the upper level guide here once it’s complete.

5. Contract Signature

You’ve done it! You have passed the steps in the hiring process, and now it’s time to sign your contract. This can all be done digitally.

You will be signing an independent contractor agreement, and it will include:

  • All of the legal info
  • Restrictions on how to (or how not to) use the VIPKid platform
  • Information about equipment and personnel
  • Payment processes and disputes
  • Confidentiality and information surrounding the intellectual property of VIPKid
  • Term dates
  • Specific information about each type of class you might be teaching
  • Fees, incentives, and penalties
  • And more!

6. Documentation

You may have noticed that VIPKid sends you a list of documentation you will need for the next step in the process. They send this early on because the process is time-sensitive, so you’ll want to get these ready. (They ask that you upload all documents within 24 hours of passing your mock class certification.)  If you have unusual circumstances, this can be extended; however, I recommend having the materials ready to go so you can get on to the contract!

You will need:

  • A copy of your bachelor’s or master’s degree. This can be a photo of your diploma or a transcript.
  • Your teaching license (if you have one.)
  • Your passport, ID card, or driver’s license
  • W-9 form (for US Nationals or US residents)
  • If you have a TESOL certificate or TEFL certificate, you can upload it now and skip step 7!

7. VIPKid TESOL certificate (required if no teaching degree)

Once you have passed your mock class certification, there is one final step before signing your contract.

VIPKid has collaborated with TESOL to provide VIPKid teachers with a free certification program on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.) If you have a degree in education, this is not required, though it is recommended. If your degree is in another field, you will be required to complete this course before signing your contract.

I voluntarily completed both this foundational certification as well as advanced TESOL, and I found that they helped my teaching skills and my bookings!

This is not insignificant. The program is estimated to take between 10-11 hours, though there are tips to help you move through the process more quickly and efficiently.

I hope you have found this overview helpful. As I mentioned at the beginning, if you have questions, let me know.It can feel overwhelming but I promise it’s not. If you take one step at a time, you’ll be teaching before you know it!

If you have any questions or I can be of any help, please let me know in the comments!

Prop Ideas – VIPKid Lower Level Certification (Option A)

Congratulations on deciding to certify for VIPKid lower level classes! These are so much fun to teach. Because you will be working with younger students, props are especially important to help reinforce the learning.

As I mentioned in VIPKid – Preparing for Mock Class (Lower Level), there are several types of props you can choose from.  You should be prepared to use at least 3 props and at least 2 different types of props.

Common types of props include:

  • Printed or Drawn (2D) props: flash cards, printed pictures, drawn pictures
  • Realia or 3D props: real items from your home that relate to the lesson, toy versions of items in the lesson
  • Digital props: gifs, google slides images that you display
  • Other props: whiteboard, magnetic letters

Be creative and find things that you can use that you enjoy. I would also encourage you to not spend a lot of money on buying props. I PROMISE that you have things around the house that you can use without spending money.

Here are some examples for Option A that you can use to get started! (Check out option B here!)

Slide 6 (Ball)

  • Beach Ball (this is fun because you can bounce it around and toss it, and the kids will enjoy it.)
  • Any other real or toy ball
  • Pictures of balls (beach ball or other types)
  • Flash card with a ball on it (picture, word, or both)
  • Magnetic letters on a whiteboard spelling ball

Slide 7 (He plays with a _____)

  • Basketball (real, toy, or printed)
  • Soccer ball (real, toy, or printed)
  • Verb chart that shows conjugation of the verb “play” (I play. You play. We play. They play. He playS. She playS. It playS.)
  • Whiteboard or flash card with the sentence written out on it so you can add the word if they struggle.
  • Gif of someone playing with a soccer ball or basketball

Slide 8 (drag and drop)

  • Real or toy soccer ball, basketball, or kite
  • Pictures of soccer ball, basketball, or kite
  • Gifs of soccer ball, basketball, or kite
  • Whiteboard or flashcard with question and answer written out

Slide 9 (throw)

  • Gif of someone throwing a bouquet
  • Gif of graduates throwing hats
  • Verb chart that shows conjugation of the verb “throw” (I throw. You throw. We throw. They throw. He throwS. She throwS. It throwS.)

Slide 10 (He throws)

  • Real or toy football
  • Picture of someone throwing a football
  • Gif of someone throwing a football

Slide 11 (throw/throws)

  • Real or toy football or snowball
  • Pictures of football or snowball
  • Gif of someone throwing a football or a snowball

Slide 12 (phonics)

  • Whiteboard to write the letters and words
  • Magnetic letters
  • Printed pool balls with letters
  • Legos with letters written on them
  • Letter blocks

Slide 13 (free talk)

  • A ball (any ball)
  • Gif of families playing keepaway or other ball game

With props, the possibilities are endless, and I encourage you to think about what you have around the house that you can use. Props do NOT have to be time intensive or expensive. They are just supplemental items that you can use to help reinforce the lesson.

For printed and digital materials above, I have samples that I can send you to use in your mock class if you would like. Simply sign up using my referral link or add my referral code AMELI0055 before your mock class. Comment below with what you would like help with, and I will be able to get your email address from your referral application.

Good luck!

VIPKid Certification Levels (Updated March 2019)

Effective in March 2019, when a new applicant is preparing for their mock class and certification process, there will be two options available. This article is meant to provide a brief overview of both options so you can make an educated decision and get started!

Option 1: Beginner (Level 2 Interactive and Level 3)

If you are looking for a fast start, the Beginner Level is the right place to start. Most of VIPKid’s students are enrolled in Interactive Level 2 lessons, so you are most likely to get bookings sooner by starting here.  So what’s involved in these levels?

  • Interactive Level 2 usually has students between 6 and 9 years old. Language skills will vary from very basic skills to more advanced reading, writing and critical thinking. The lessons encourage simple conversation about people, places, things and events with your support as well as upper and lower case letters, elementary phonics rules, and basic grammar. The slides are interactive so often have games and activities that require the student’s participation on screen. Topics range from things like emotions, family members, and sports to things around a school or a playground. They build on simple concepts the student should already be familiar with and adds English language within the comfortable constructs.
  • Level 3 students are mid-level students who already have a basic foundation in English. Most have also completed level 2 with VIPKid. Students learn more complicated phonics like long vowels and blends, and they will do more independent reading and be expected to answer open-ended questions. The age range for level 3 students is typically 7-11 years old.

Option 2: Intermediate (Level 4 and Level 5)

  • By level 4, VIPKid students are at a higher level. The standard age range is 8-12, and they are beginning to read-to-learn rather than learn-to-read. They can read fairly fluently and should be able to expound upon the topics they’ve learned. There is a higher expectation for student output in level 4, and students are encouraged to take the lead in class.
  • Level 5 students are usually 9-13 years old, and they can read and understand even more complex text. Grammar and spelling usually focuses on exceptions to general rules. Topics are more in line with standard school curriculum with topics like history, literature, and basic science.

There is no right or wrong answer to what you choose for your first certificate. Some people prefer the younger students. Classes tend to be very high-energy with lots of singing and games. Others prefer to be able to have more in-depth conversations with their students.  Whichever level(s) you chose, you’re going to meet some amazing students!

There is lots of information about each level in the Certification Center in the Teacher Portal. If you have questions, I would be happy to try to help as well.  I am currently certified in levels 2-4, and working on my Level 5 certification.  (You can add new ones at any time they are available!)

Good luck!