Category, Class Skills, Level, and Language Settings

Establishing these settings on the back end of your class helps students discover your class when they are browsing on Skillshare.

In this article:

Category and Subcategory

Within Skillshare’s Class Creator, classes are grouped in a primary category (e.g., Creative, Lifestyle) and then narrowed down into smaller subcategories based on topic (e.g., Animation, Creative Writing, Marketing, etc.). Select the class category and subcategory that best relates to your content.

As of May 1, 2023, certain subcategories are no longer permitted on Skillshare. These non-permitted subcategories may temporarily still appear in Skillshare’s Class Creator after May 1, 2023, but classes published in these subcategories may be subject to removal through Skillshare’s Class Moderation process. Review the article, What categories and topics can I teach on Skillshare?, to learn what classes you are permitted to teach on Skillshare, and head to our announcement, Introducing New Policies & Processes for Ensuring Quality Content on Skillshare, to learn more about this change.
If you are teaching a class in Home & Garden or Self Care & Personal Development, please categorize your class under Lifestyle > Other.

Class Skills

These are descriptive words or “tags” that allow your class to surface in Skillshare’s catalog searches. You can add up to 7 skills that relate to your class content.

In Skillshare’s search algorithm, your class's Subcategory is automatically added as the first skill tag for your class, so no need to repeat it! Use the remaining 6 slots for other relevant keywords.

To help you select the right list of skills, think about the list of keywords you associate with your class, and what words your target students are likely to use when they search for classes.

As part of our efforts to help make high-quality classes more discoverable within our community, Skillshare staff may add additional tags to your classes on top of the ones you select. 


The default language in Skillshare’s Class Creator is English. If your class is taught in another language, please select it from the dropdown menu. Classes that do not fall into approved languages may be subject to removal.

As of May 1, 2023, Skillshare only accepts new classes taught in English, French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish. Head to our announcement, Introducing New Policies & Processes for Ensuring Quality Content on Skillshare, to learn more about this change.


By selecting the most accurate level, you’ll help students find content that is best suited for their existing knowledge and skills. This increases your likelihood of reaching the right audience and receiving positive class reviews. Keep these definitions in mind when selecting your level:

  • Beginner: No prerequisite knowledge or techniques are required to follow the class lessons or complete the project.
  • Intermediate: Some prerequisite knowledge is required or would be helpful for students to get the most out of the lessons.
  • Advanced: Significant prerequisite knowledge is required for students to follow and learn from the class.
  • All-level: Suitable for any level, either because the class is complete and comprehensive or the topic does not have a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level (e.g., productivity, journaling, travel, and wellness).

This level will appear to students on the About and Reviews tabs of your class. Keep in mind that once your class earns at least five student reviews, the level will recalibrate and display an average result based on all of the level selections from your students, as well as your own.