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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.

This four day program is taught by the founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, along with their daughters Martha Huggins and Molly Hollibaugh. They provide a comprehensive understanding of the philosophies behind the Zentangle Method of drawing and how to teach it. After seminar you have the understanding, tools and inspiration necessary to teach the Zentangle Method and convey the full Zentangle experience to others.

All USA certification seminars are held in Providence, Rhode Island (see the “I can’t afford to come to Providence, RI” note below).

People from all over the world come to Providence to attend the training seminar.

CZT-Asia: Seminars are taught in Mandarin and are held in Taipei, Taiwan and in Shanghai, China. For current CZT-Asia training seminars, visit this page.

CZT-Europe: Seminars are taught in German with a simultaneous English translation available for all who need it. Additional languages are planned – the CZT-Europe seminars are meant for all of Europe! Seminars are held in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information, visit this page.

The USA English-speaking Certified Zentangle Teacher training seminars take place at the Graduate Providence (formerly the Providence Biltmore) in Providence, RI.

All seminars begin with a Sunday afternoon class and finish Wednesday around 5:00 pm so plan your travel accordingly. You need to attend all sessions to be certified.

Certification seminars for 2020 (Click dates to go to registration information page):

Each seminar link will take you to its respective registration page on the 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. “Please do not make plane or other reservations until your registration is completed with us.

Tuition includes

  • All supplies needed for seminar
  • All meals and snacks starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with celebratory snacks on Wednesday afternoon.
  • All taxes and gratuities

In other words, everything you need is included, except parking.

When you register you can choose to have a private room, share a room with another student or be a day student. If you choose a lodging option, the price includes 3 nights accommodations: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. Additional days are available at a reduced rate.

Private Room Student
Includes training, meals, coffee breaks and snacks, all necessary supplies and three nights (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) private lodging. $2.395.

Share Room Student
Includes training, meals, coffee breaks and snacks, all necessary supplies and three nights (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) shared lodging. $2,125.

Day Student (No Lodging)
Includes training, meals, coffee breaks and snacks, and all necessary supplies. $1,850.

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

If you have any questions, please email:

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

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 and Martha, 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 and Martha simply turning up in another part of the country. Or the globe.

How to become a CZT®

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

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 the site 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

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6 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.

  • Susan Hull

    I am wondering if you have any late June, July or August certification classes available (2019)
    Thank you

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    07/31/2019 – CZT 35 seminar registration is now open. Registration link and information is given above.

  • Linda Farmer, CZT

    08/07/2019 – CZT 36 Seminar registration is now open. Links and information above.

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