Class Guidelines

On Skillshare, we welcome classes across a wide range of categories, including illustration, photography, business, and many more. Skillshare classes are demystifying, personal, and engaging: they share actionable tips that inspire students to put their new skills into practice. To ensure a consistent experience for our community, our moderation team routinely reviews all classes and may remove those that are not in accordance with our guidelines (see below). We believe these guidelines allow us to foster a creative, collaborative, and genuine community for sharing and learning.


If your class has been removed for violating our class guidelines, you will be notified by the Skillshare team, and in certain cases, you may have the opportunity to update it to see it reopened. Classes that do not meet our guidelines are subject to removal after 90 days. For questions regarding our class guidelines, please email



 Class Guidelines 


All classes on Skillshare must do the following:


 Foster learning for the sake of learning: 


We support authentic, inspired learning: all classes on Skillshare are, first and foremost, educational. Classes help students to expand their knowledge, flex their creative muscles, and have genuine interactions in the community. Classes that guarantee or promise a specific outcome or are geared primarily towards helping students achieve a static or monetary reward (e.g. follower count on a platform, a specific income) are not permitted. 


Include a class project and meet our standards for length and quality: 


 We believe in learning by doing, and that’s why all Skillshare classes are project-based. Through a minimum of 10 minutes of video content, teachers show students how to complete a fun and engaging project that they can upload to the class project gallery for feedback. To ensure students have the best possible learning experience, we require all classes to meet our audio/visual standards as outlined in the class publishing checklist.  In addition, video lessons must include a variety of visuals and visual formats to illustrate core concepts.


Adhere to our Community Guidelines:  


We take the safety of our community seriously, which means all classes must meet our Community Guidelines. Teachers must be the primary content producer behind their classes, post legal content, and interact with students and members of our team with respect. Teachers may not publish classes into our Premium catalog that are available for free off of Skillshare (learn more here). 


 Meet our minimum standards for educational value: 


Skillshare classes are actionable and inspiring. Teachers draw on personal knowledge and experience to share meaningful concepts, ideas, tips, and best practices that students can incorporate into their own work and projects. Specific standards to keep in mind include: 


  • Classes must contain an introduction video that outlines what students can expect to learn in the class.
  • Classes must be based upon a lesson plan or course outline. Classes may not consist simply of a walkthrough, review, or demo of a certain website or tool without any added knowledge-based value from the teacher. 
  • All Skillshare classes must contain lesson titles that reflect the educational content in that lesson.
  • Lessons and demonstrations must be instructionally narrated by the teacher, and focus on the skills required to complete the class project with specific tips, insights and best practices included. 
  • Classes may not draw from external materials that did not originate with the teacher for a significant portion of the class. 
  • Each class or video section should only be uploaded once. Classes that are overly repetitive in content may be removed. 
  • Marketing or self-promotion (e.g., business or website logos, name or personal brand mentions) of the teacher within the class should be limited to the intro and outro videos only.
  • Classes should be made for Skillshare, and not branded for any other online teaching platforms. Teachers should not direct students to competing educational platforms.


 Additional Rules on Teaching: 

  • Teachers may upload a maximum of 1 class per 7 days. 
  • You are fully responsible for the ownership of the content you share on Skillshare, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for violations of intellectual property rights or impersonation. Even if you own the content that you are publishing to Skillshare, you may not publish classes that you are not directly teaching yourself. This includes, but is not limited to, content that is copyrighted or trademarked by another party and PLR (Private Label Rights) content.
  • If you are teaching as a company or as part of a collective of multiple teachers working together as a single entity, the owner of the account (the individual associated with the email account on file) remains responsible for any account strikes pertaining to policy violations. Please note that Skillshare can not split royalties or referral bonuses between multiple parties. In the event of a disagreement over content ownership between parties, Skillshare will comply with DMCA regulation.
  • You must have the proper authorization for any supplemental material that you’ve included (such as images or music tracks).
  • Classes that prompt students to make additional payments outside of the Skillshare platform in order to complete, show completion or participate in a course are prohibited.
  • Certain class topics are not permitted on Skillshare: 
    • Classes focused on passive income business strategies, or amassing fast followers
    • Classes about dating, romance, or relationships 
    • Classes about teaching on other educational platforms
    • Classes that show students how to resell existing products or services (such as drop-shipping or multi-level marketing)
    • Classes about medical content or that are related to the medical field (e.g., holistic medicine, dieting, nutrition, weight management) 
    • Classes about mathematics, standardized testing, physical and life sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry) or classical engineering (e.g., biochemical, aerospace, mechanical, electrical engineering)
    • Classes that focus on or consistently reference any of the following: religion, spirituality, politics
    • Classes about fitness and/or exercise
    • Classes that focus on pet care (e.g., grooming, training)
    • Classes that focus on beauty regimens or cosmetology

In addition to thorough reviews by our team of moderators, reports from our community may be taken into account when determining whether or not a class meets our class guidelines.