Verify your open licensing prowess with Creative Commons certification

Verify your open licensing prowess with Creative Commons certification

Fancy yourself an open licensing and Commons guru? Now you can get certified.

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Creative Commons (CC) licenses are built on copyright and designed to give more options to creators who want to share their content; for example,'s content has a CC license. In July 2018, Creative Commons launched a CC Certificate program—an in-depth course about CC licenses, open practices, and the ethos of the Commons. It is composed of readings, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises to develop learners' open skills.

The Certificate is a digital document that recognizes an individual's understanding of open licensing and the Commons and their ability to aid others in understanding and implementing open licenses. The course units include what Creative Commons is, an introduction to copyright, and using CC licenses. Learners can complete the certificate online in 10 weeks for $500, and week-long boot camps can be arranged on request. The fees cover operational costs and annual updates to course materials. Future plans include investing in new certificate types, scholarships, and translating the curriculum into different languages.

Online course participants are grouped into cohorts of about 25 people, and online discussions and interacting with fellow participants and tutors are an important part of learning.

In the spirit of Creative Commons, the CC Certificate website includes downloadable material from current and previous presentations. These resources are a valuable starting point for people planning to host workshops on Creative Commons.

The next Certificate program for educators, librarians, and others (upon request) will run from June 10 to August 18, 2019; please check the calendar for information about this and future cohorts.


About the author

Peter Cheer - I started life as an archaeologist before retraining in IT and have wide experience of work in the voluntary / not for profit and continuing education sectors in Scotland where I am usually based. This has included database design, hardware support, software support, website design and tuition. From 2009 - 2010 I was  in Nairobi, Kenya as Assistive Technology Tutor with the Kenyan Society for the Blind. Then came two years in Ethiopia, working with the Addis Ababa HIV / AIDS Prevention and...