Studio Teachers

Who Needs Certification?

Studio teachers who are working with minors, defined as those under age 18, must obtain certification. Certifications are good for three years. For further information on regulations, see Studio Teachers: Requirements for Certification.

Apply for Certification

You can obtain application using one of the following options:

  • Download the application (Adobe Reader required):
  • Email a request for an application with your complete mailing address to
  • Call the Licensing & Registration Unit, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 510-285-3196 to request that an application be sent to you.
  • Request an application by mail or in person:

    Department of Industrial Relations
    Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
    Licensing and Registration
    1515 Clay Street, Suite 1902
    Oakland, CA 94612

No fees are required. To avoid any delays in obtaining your certification, be sure that your application is complete, including supporting documentation as follows:

  • Proof of a valid and current California elementary and California secondary credential or a California Multiple Subject K-12
  • Proof of a valid and current California single-subject credential in English, math, social science, science or foreign language
  • The Labor Commissioner reserves the right to request additional supporting documentation as may be needed to complete the investigation as to the character, competency and responsibility of the applicant


The requirements, including the application form and documentation, are the same for renewals as for new applications.


Studio teachers are subject to specific requirements, including a written examination and completion of a twelve-hour course of instruction. For details, see Studio Teachers: Requirements for Certification.


February 2024