From VIPKID's website: "VIPKID provides an international learning experience to children in China between the ages 4-12. Headquartered in Beijing, the company offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction provided online by highly qualified teachers. The curriculum is based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards and uses a flipped-classroom approach to foster creativity and critical thinking skills."

VIPKID is currently the largest online ESL company in China, boasting  more than 40,000 teachers and more than 300,000 students.

Class Type

  • One-on-one

  • 25 minutes

  • No lesson planning, no talking to parents, no correcting homework

Age range

  • 4 to 12 year olds


  • must have a Bachelor's degree

  • must be eligible to work in the US or Canada

  • must have one year of teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education

    *The Chinese Ministry of Education will begin requiring all online English teachers who teach Chinese students to have a 120-hour TESOL certificate sometime in 2019.

    VIPKid DOES provide TESOL certification for its teachers in the training process, however if you’re interested in obtaining your own TESOL certificate which can be used for other companies,
    see here for details.


  • The pay per 25-minute class is $7 to 9 USD. This is based on your credentials and demo lesson performance.

  • You earn an additional $1 USD for each class by showing up on time and teaching as scheduled.

  • You can then earn another $1 USD per class if you teach at least 45 classes per month.

  • You can also earn a $2 USD "short notice" bonus if your open time slot is booked within 24 hours of the class start time.

  • The total pay per hour is from $14 to $22, and up to $26 USD If you teach short notice.

Application Process

1. Submit your resume:

Send your resume to the company and they will screen it for basic requirements and teaching experience. 

2. One-on-one interview or recorded demo:

If you pass the resume stage, you then complete a 30-min live demo and interview with a recruiter.  Alternatively, you can record a demo video on your own time and send it in for evaluation. 

*Note: VIPKID has started using AI to screen their recorded demos. The AI software looks for a number of key things. It is mostly looking for sufficient lighting, an educational background, lots of TPR, varied facial express, and the use of props. Make sure your recorded demo has all of these so it doesn’t get rejected by the AI.

3. Certification Center:

If you pass, you then visit VIPKID’s Certification Center where you will choose what levels you want to train for before completing a Mock Class.

VIPKID provides classes to students from Level 1 (essentially no English ability) to Level 6 (are able to converse and answer open-ended questions).

4. Mock class:

Next, you are required to teach a mock class to an existing VIPKID teacher. If you pass this, you may then sign the contract. You also have the option of returning to the Certification Center to train for other levels. You can then do additional mock classes to add more certifications to your profile.

*Applicants no longer have to worry about failing their mock classes. You can re-train and attempt mock classes until you pass.

5. Sign your contract, upload documents, and complete background check:

VIPKID requires this information so they can comply with online safety and security standards. It also helps them create a profile that allows VIPKID students and parents to know you and book you.

6. Full-fledged VIPKID teacher:

Once your background check is complete, you can begin opening time slots on the VIPKID portal and start teaching as soon as you are booked.

Technical Requirements

  • Equipment:

    • Computer (desktop, laptop, Mac, Surface, iPad)

    • Camera (HD external camera or HD integrated camera)

    • Headset (must have a microphone built-in)

  • System:

    • Operating System:

      • Windows7, Windows8, Windows10, MAC OS 10.8x

    • CPU:

      • Intel Core i3, or above

    • Memory:

      • At Least 4GB RAM

    • Network :

      • 20Mbps (direct connection Ethernet recommended)

    • Browser:

      • Chrome (Version 65 or above)

Other notes

  • No minimum hours required.

VIPKid At a glance:

  - is the largest online English teaching company.
  - offers one-on-one classes.
- serves students aged 4 to 12.
- requires a Bachelor's degree.
- requires eligibility to work in the U.S. or Canada.
- requires one year teaching experience.
- pays up to $26 USD/hour.



March 2019

VIPKID will now allow all applicants who pass Basic Info to skip the normal interview process and record a 3-minute Express Demo video. 

Previously, applicants who passed the Basic Info stage had to schedule an interview with a VIPKID representative, or record a much longer 10 to 15-minute demo video.

August 2018

VIPKID has announced that candidates who pass the interview stage of the application no longer have to worry about failing the mock classes. Teachers who are unsuccessful in their mock class can try again until they pass.

In addition, they are also no longer deciding what level teachers will certify for based on the mock class performance. Now, after your pass your interview, you can decide the level for the mock class you want to teach. (see Application Process below for more details)


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