1. Kumon Instructor and Kumon franchisee - is there a difference?

At Kumon, you are both the business owner of your own franchise and the Kumon Instructor . You have to manage the day-to-day business operations and work with Kumon students.

2. Where is the training for new Instructors conducted?

Typically, training takes place at the local offices. Candidates looking to open a Kumon Centre must attend training with the company. Candidates will also need to make arrangements to attend initial training that will typically run over a five-week period. Continuous follow-up training is provided after the commencement of your Centre, to ensure the content is relevant to your operating needs.

3. What is included in the training for new Franchise Instructors?

Topics covered in the training include:

– Instruction principles and learning materials
– The Kumon Method, curriculum, and learning materials
– Student assessment and enrolment
– The effective implementation of study programmes
– Communication with parents and students
– Centre management strategies
– Centre administration, policies, and procedures

4. How are the available business locations selected?

The opening of new Centres is directly linked to the realisation of Kumon’s vision. We aim to give as many students as possible the opportunity to learn using our materials, and thus, contribute to the global community.

When planning new locations the Company carefully considers the following factors:

– The number of children of a target age group residing in the available location
– The number of children within the available location that already study at other Kumon Learning Centres
As our mission is to develop the potential of as many children as possible, Kumon does not assign exclusive territories to Instructors.

5. Must I offer both Mathematics and English at my Centre?

All new Kumon Instructors must offer both the Maths and English programmes within their Kumon Learning Centre.

6. What type of questions are covered in the proficiency tests?

Each test covers a range of basic arithmetic and reading comprehension exercises in English and/or native language.

7. Why is the start up cost of a Kumon franchise so low?

We do not believe in charging our franchisees high at the start and making a one-time sale to support our business model. Rather, we want to support those who share the same belief as Kumon and are passionate about the education of students. Do you know that it only requires anywhere between S$40,000 to S$80,000 to set up a Kumon centre on average— inclusive of franchise fees, renovation and rental?

8. I have no teaching experience. Can I still be a Kumon franchisee/instructor?

Yes, you can! Many of our franchisees came in with little to no experience in teaching, from professionals, executives to homemakers etc. The instructor training is specifically designed to impart the principles of effective teaching by providing a range of theory and practical skills for instructing Kumon students, as well as communication skills and knowledge in centre management.

9. Can I decide how much to charge for the programme fee in my centre?

As the curriculum and learning materials are standardised in every Kumon learning centre, the programme fee is thus fixed. However, our franchisees are responsible for managing variable costs that may impact their bottom line, such as rental, salaries etc.

10. How much can I earn as the owner of a Kumon franchise?

Since each Kumon franchise is independently owned and does not report its total income to us, we cannot provide a hard number. However, as part of your franchisee training, you’ll develop a business plan that can assist you in projecting your revenues and expenses. Join us at our Franchise Orientation to find out more! We also encourage you to speak directly to fellow franchise owners for more information.