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How to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher

Linda Farmer, CZTThe Zentangle® method is taught by Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) who have graduated from the certification seminar taught by founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.

All English-speaking certification seminars are held in Providence, Rhode Island (see the “I can’t afford to come to Providence, RI” note below). The focus of this seminar is learning how to teach the Zentangle Method and tips about running business as a CZT. People from all over the world come to Providence to attend the training seminar. (Currently the only non-English seminars are taught in Mandarin and are held in Taiwan. For current CZT-Asia seminars, visit this page.)

All English-speaking Certified Zentangle Teacher training seminars take place in Providence, RI, begin on a Sunday and end on a Wednesday.

For 2017 the seminars are moving from the Hotel Providence: “Our 2017 Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) training seminars will be held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island USA.

Certification seminars for 2017:

Each seminar link will take you to its respective registration page on the Zentangle website and give you much more detailed information. There you can choose whether you wish to be a day student, share a room with another student or have a private room.

The seminars fill up very quickly, so be sure to register ASAP to ensure you get a spot.

Quoting directly from the newsletter announcing the 2017 classes:


“When you register you can choose to have a private room, share a room with another student or be a day student.

Private Room Student
Includes training, meals, coffee breaks and snacks, all necessary supplies and three nights private lodging at the Providence Biltmore. $2,195.

Share Room Student
Includes training, meals, coffee breaks and snacks, all necessary supplies and three nights’ shared lodging at the Providence Biltmore. $1,950.

Day Student
Includes training, meals, coffee breaks and snacks, and all necessary supplies. $1,695.

When you register online, you will only pay a non-refundable registration fee of $250. The balance will be invoiced in a follow-up email. Payment plans are available on request.

If you have any questions, please email: martha@zentangle.com


Important events occur at CZT seminars that can’t be conveyed with words or online through video. …

Often people see Zentangle’s simplicity and assume it is easy to teach. However there is so much more to our Zentangle teaching method than the many cool tangles we and others share for free. There are reasons and techniques and philosophies and principles for everything that we do. Once you learn these you can then really serve your students well and be able to answer their questions and concerns. …

We created our CZT training program so you could understand the basics and depth of Zentangle and so you could convey the full Zentangle experience to others”.

This is from the FAQ page on zentangle.com:

I can’t afford to come to Providence, RI. Can you give a CZT seminar in _________ ?

“We work diligently to keep our CZT seminars as inexpensive as possible, while providing the venue and materials necessary to have a wonderful experience. If we** were to travel more than a short driving distance from our home base our costs would go up significantly. It would end up costing attendees much more than if they had flown to Providence. If we would teach a seminar in say, California, the tuition would have to be many times what it is now, certainly more than it would cost someone to come to Providence from California.”

**Linda’s note: “we” includes all the Zentangle team members who handle the logistics of moving and setting up exhibits, supplies and teaching materials as well as administering the seminar. This staff is in addition to Rick and Maria and Molly, the teachers. As you might imagine, running a seminar of the scope and nature of the CZT training involves much more than Rick and Maria and Molly simply turning up in another part of the country.

How to become a CZT®

To learn more about how to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher, please visit this page on Zentangle.com.

Find a class near you: Certified Zentangle Teachers

“We encourage you to take a class from a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). It is a special experience. Everyone on this page has been personally taught by Rick and Maria. They understand what Zentangle is about and how to teach you.”

My CZT® Class of October 2011 (CZT#7), Providence RILearn more on Zentangle.com

More questions? Learn about teaching, selling your Zentangle-inspired creations, and more by visiting the zentangle.com website.

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2 comments to How to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    Certification seminar dates for 2017 have just been announced by Zentangle for your planning purposes:

    April 9 – 12
    April 23 – 26
    June 18 – 21
    June 25 – 28

    Registration is not open yet, but I will post the registration links on this page as soon as they are available “in a week or so”.

  • Melena

    Okay, I think it’s time I did this. Now I’ve got decisions to make. 😀 Thanks for posting this Linda.

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