Joining Freelance University has been one of the BEST investments I’ve made since starting as a virtual assistant in 2010. The courses are robust and easy to follow with a variety of options from those just starting out to experienced freelancers (like me). The value of the University is second to none!

Shelley McKenzie

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Hi friend,

Thanks for stopping by! In 2008, we first launched Freelance University (Formerly, VAClassroom) and fondly remember those initial seven students that said YES to our first program. It was a very humble beginning and at the time, we honestly never thought that we would go from that very first class to delivering over 150 courses to 10,000 students in 60+ countries around the world.

Freelance University has now become the premier online learning platform for existing and aspiring freelancers,  VAs and online professionals seeking to build a rewarding and thriving business online!

Freelance University (aka FreeU) is specially designed for freelancers like yourself to…

  • DISCOVER the most ideal service niche or specialization that will fuel your passion and create the best income opportunities for you and your family moving forward.
  • LEARN and develop the right skills to attract better clients and elevate your income potential through our University featuring over 60 certifications, courses and workshops. Your continual learning is an absolute key to success for your business. Like entrepreneur Marie Forleo says, “You need to keep learning so you can keep earning.”
  • CONNECT with experienced instructors, supportive mentors and your own peers to gain support, overcome challenges and create new opportunities for your business. At FreeU, you are NOT alone! We believe it “takes a village to raise up an entrepreneur.”
  • GROW your business to new levels every year as you fine-tune your skills, expand your services and create the kind of flexible and profitable freelance business you’ve always dreamed of.

We created FreeU to be your “one-stop” professional development platform to help you stay ahead of the curve, keep your skills sharp and deepen your client and income opportunities.

Have a further read below to see all that is included in our state-of-the-art Online University and please don’t hesitate to drop us a note if you have any questions along the way.

To your success in 2019!

Craig and Kelly Cannings
Freelance University

How will FREELANCE UNIVERSITY grow my business?

Freelance University is an easy-to-use, responsive and life-long learning platform that is built on a semester system and offers three enrollment intakes per year (September, January, May). The University features:

How Will VAClassroom University Grow My Business?
  • Over 60 current freelance training certifications, courses and programs so your skills stay sharp and in-demand
  • Monthly live skill workshops on the most popular topics selected by our  freelance community
  • A simple course tracking system to help you effectively monitor your learning progress
  • A private learning community to ensure that ALL your questions get answered
  • Practical tutorials on the technology that is most important to you and your clients
  • Software Sandbox to practice using a variety of important software such as WordPress, ConvertKit and LeadPages
  • Helpful resource guides and checklists that you can quickly apply to the work you are doing with your clients
  • Powerful video interviews with successful freelancers and experts
  • A Professional Freelancer Directory to prominently showcase your skills and abilities in a visually appealing profile page to be seen by lots of new clients
  • The monthly “Learning Curve” publication delivered to your inbox complete with valuable articles, tips and tools to keep your skills sharp!

Get full access to over 80 in-demand courses across seven training tracks: Social Media Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Virtual Events & Media Manager, Online Business Manager, Virtual Assistant, WordPress Specialist, and Writer/Editor.

By partnering with the 3rd party accreditation company, we’re able to deliver our digital certifications so that they easily integrate with your Linkedin profile, personal website, and social media. Just what you need to put your skills in the spotlight like never before!

Every single month we offer a new LIVE and interactive workshop on the freelance and business topics that matter most to you! We invite expert guests specializing in a variety of niche areas to come and join us providing exposure to new, exciting, and the most up-to-date information and resources in the industry.

By listening to your feedback and conducting surveys, we’re able to create the on-demand content we wished we had when we were first starting out. Exactly what you need to take your freelance or VA business in an exciting new direction.

The live workshops will be recorded and posted to the University so you will never miss a training session!

At some point, all of you as freelancers, virtual assistants, and online professionals need to get your “geek on” and learn new technology that is vital to your business and your clients.

Access practical, step-by-step courses and tutorials on software and apps most relevant to your business including social media management tools, project management tools, marketing landing page tools, ecommerce tools, productivity tools and so much more.

We will help you guard against “Shiny Object Syndrome” while still keeping you up-to-date on the latest and greatest tech tools.

One of the most challenging parts of being a freelancer or virtual assistant is marketing your business and finding new clients. At FreeU, we’ve got you covered.

We offer practical training courses to help you market, recruit, onboard and manage your clients effectively. Check out our courses on Attracting Clients, Getting Referrals, Networking, Digital Cold Calling, and Leading a Winning Discovery Call.

Access a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs to discuss business topics, share successes, as well as tools and resources, with one another. Perfect for the constant source of support and inspiration you’ve been searching for.

The Private Learning Community is closely moderated by us (Craig & Kelly) along with amazing Mentors who have a combined experience of over 40 years in the freelance and VA industry! You will be in GREAT hands in our community.

Don’t freelance alone!

Join our talented mentors and like-minded peers in small group sessions to work through the challenges you need to overcome in your business. Make meaningful connections and receive great insights in our Mastermind Sessions.

We have specific groups for Starters and Scalers to meet you exactly where you are at in your business journey.

In the work you do, there are so many systems that need to be set up and managed for your business (and your clients)!

Simplify your life with the click of a button thanks to many practical guides and checklists that keep your business running smoothly, night and day. It means you’ll never forget a thing, miss a deadline, or disappoint a customer. All you need to do is decide what to master first!

Contracts, templates, checklists, resources, and more…oh my!

Enjoy a huge range of premium and paid-for software that your clients need you to know. Some of our most popular offerings include: Premium WordPress themes and plugins, Canva Pro, ConvertKit, Invideo, Designrr, Easelly, and more. By getting the hands on practical experience you need, you can master a lucrative new skill in a single afternoon.

As a student of Freelance University, you will get access to many business software and partner discounts such as Adobe, Freshbooks, Honeybook, 1-1 Coaching, and more. Also, be sure to take advantage of affordable WordPress design packages, and well as one-to-one mentoring sessions.

We are committed to ensuring you keep your business as budget-friendly as possible!

As part of your enrollment to Freelance University, you will receive a visually appealing Professional Profile listing in our popular Freelance Directory! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get connected with a wave of entrepreneurs in need of your awesome skills and experience!

We also receive ongoing job postings and client opportunities you will gain access to through the community as well as within your training center.

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Whether you’re a brand new freelancer or a seasoned business owner, I’d highly recommend anyone seeking professional development and growing their business to join FreeU. The collection of certifications and courses along with monthly office hours and the amazing Facebook community create a rich learning environment and encouraging atmosphere. There’s an attitude of excellence in everything they do. I’m thrilled to be a FreeU student!Pam Atkins, Admin Sidekick

You need Freelance University whether you have been in business for many years or you are just starting. Most freelancers jump into a freelance lifestyle because they have a laptop and a need to make money. But there are many areas of being a solo entrepreneur that we all need to learn and put in place to run a successful and professional business. Freelance University will guide you step-by-step through all the important components of running a thriving freelance business!Sabrina Espinal, Sabrina & Company


Freelance University offers an easy-to-use, easy to track and fully mobile responsive learning platform that enables you to quickly access your training programs and courses when you want and where you want!

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I can't say enough about Freelance University. I have taken numerous courses and each one has proven to be an invaluable resource. Craig Cannings and his team of instructors have a wonderful way of explaining sometimes complex ideas and do so with infinite patience. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my training. FreeU is where it's at!Tracey Ehman

University Training Tracks

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

One of the keys to building a highly successful Freelance Business is to find an in-demand niche service that you LOVE to do! At FreeU, we offer an array of specialized training certifications and courses across seven primary tracks.

Hover over each of the below seven tracks to discover the specific course listings currently available at our University. (Note: Click the + button in each to download the full course catalog).

Social Media Manager

Social Media Manager

Social Media Manager

  • Social Media Management
  • Facebook Marketing Specialist
  • Instagram Marketing Specialist
  • Pinterest Marketing Specialist
  • LinkedIn Markeitng Specialist
  • Social Media Contests
  • Online Community Management
  • And so much more!
Content Creation & Management

Content Creation & Management

Content Creation & Management

  • Copywriting Fundamentals
  • Becoming a Proofreader
  • Online Course Creation & Management
  • Digital Content Manager
  • Create Effective Email Sequences
  • Create Powerful Headlines
  • The Online Course Builder
  • Becoming a Better Blogger
  • Website Writing Success
Business Management & Support

Business Management & Support

Business Management & Support

  • Online Business Management
  • Project Management Specialist
  • Virtual Team Builder
  • Digital Customer Service
  • Internet Research Skills
  • Virtual Bookkeeping
  • Creating Effective Systems



  • Mastering ConvertKit
  • Mastering Zapier
  • Mastering Kajabi
  • MailChimp Mastery
  • Leadpages Mastery
  • Mastering GSuite
  • Mastering Shopify
  • Woocommerce Success
Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

  • Digital Marketing Specialist Program
  • Product Launch Specialist Program
  • Online Video Marketing
  • Email List Builder
  • Book Marketing Mastery Program
  • Influencer Marketing 101
  • And so much more!
Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

  • Graphic Design Foundations
  • Mastering Canva for Work
  • Intermediate Graphic Design
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Create GIFs and Animations
Digital Media & Events

Digital Media & Events

Digital Media & Events

  • Online Events Management
  • Podcast Production Specialist
  • Lead Effective Meetings with Zoom
  • How to Coordinate Virtual Conferences
  • Multimedia Editing and Production
  • Social Video Production

After thorough research, I chose Freelance University to provide further training for my content management services. During my first semester, the instructors, mentors, and Facebook-group members created a learning community that was supportive, responsive, experienced, and dynamic beyond my expectations. I am grateful to have connected with this comprehensive, learner-friendly, and cost-effective option for growing a freelance business that embraces the rapidly changing technology and needs of today’s virtual business climate.Ranee Boyd Tomlin, PhD

I think your courses at Freelance University are the best out there! I like your delivery, practical, engaging videos, the way you present information in manageable modules and your overall professionalism.Lara Nieberding

The University Faculty and Mentors

Get Listed in the Professional Freelance Directory

Since starting Freelance University in 2008, we have built a solid reputation for providing high-quality and in-demand training for freelancers and online professionals. As a result, many small business entrepreneurs now regularly contact us seeking talented freelancers for a whole variety of projects.

It is extremely important to us that your skills and experience be on display in order to ignite your visibility with ideal clients.

So, as part of your enrollment to Freelance University, you will receive a visually appealing Professional Profile Web Page and a listing in our popular Freelance Directory! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get connected with a wave of Entrepreneurs in need of your awesome skills and experience!

Sample Profile from the Freelance Directory:

“Hear from these clients whose businesses have been made better by FreeU Graduates”.

The True Value of Freelance University

For many years, we created a wide range of specialized Freelance Training Programs that students were able to purchase on an individual or al-la-carte basis. So, if students were seeking Social Media training, they would purchase one or more of our five core Social Media programs.

This is what our tuition model has looked like for our first 8 years:

  • Certification Course
  • Skill-Based Course
  • Clinic or Workshop
  • $297
  • $147
  • $47-$67

But, a common concern we’d often hear from our students is: “I am really needing multiple courses, but can ONLY afford to take one.”

It is important to us that you are able to access the right training at the right time in the most cost-effective way possible. So, in keeping with our ongoing commitment to offer the most current and affordable skills training, Freelance University has just gotten a lot more attractive to you (and your training budget).

From Al-La-Carte Model to All-In-One University

At FreeU, there are over 60 high relevant and in-demand Certifications, Courses and Workshops. As part of your enrollment in our University, you will receive access to EVERYTHING.

if we were still using our old tuition model, your education costs would break down like this:

12 Certification Courses @$297 each $3564
30 Skill-Based Courses @$147 each $4410
20 Workshops @$67 each $1340

That’s over $9314 dollars of industry-leading courses included in our powerful university.

Plus, as part of your annual or monthly enrollment, you will receive 18 NEW courses each year including:

3 major certifications programs ($994 value)
3 skill-based courses ($441 value)
12 interactive workshops ($564 value)

That’s an additional $1886 in valuable training offered every year to go along with the $9314+ worth of training already available in our University!

But not to worry, FreeU will be a whole lot more affordable for you than $11,000+ in training! Keep on reading below.

Get Started at Freelance University Today!

Two Easy Tuition Plans to Choose From:

SELECT YOUR PLAN: Annual Tuition Plan
Monthly Tuition Plan
60+ Certifications, Courses & Workshops($9314 value)
New In-Demand Training Programs 18 NEW COURSES ($1886 value) 18 NEW COURSES ($1886 value)
Freelance Resource Centre with Practical Guides & Checklists
Interactive Course Discussion Boards
Tech Corner Software / App Tutorials
Student Success Interviews
Monthly Office Hours Q&A Webinars with Craig
Ongoing Support from Our World-Class Business Mentors
Professional Certifications Powered by Accredible
Monthly Access to the Learning Curve publication
Facebook Learning Community
Professional Freelance Directory Listing


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* Please refer to our 15 Day Cancellation Policy below.

Freelance University is such a worthy investment in yourself, your business and your clients! If you’re on the fence about signing up – hop off and do it! I promise you’ll LOVE the value and your ROI will rock your world! In fact, after ONE completed course, I’ve already received 6x my ROI of my University tuition!Jamie Bateman, The Write Style Virtual Assistant

The FreeU Money-Back Guarantee

I am absolutely confident that your enrollment at Freelance University will be an immensely valuable step forward for you, and will help you build and grow a rewarding and profitable business in 2019!

Still, I want to be absolutely sure it is the right fit for you. So take 15 DAYS to check out and evaluate the University. If for any reason you decide our University it is not for you, then please contact our team at [email protected] and we will cancel your annual commitment with us and refund your tuition right away.

Craig Cannings

Co-Founder / Chief Learning Officer

Freelance University


Freelance University is one of the best online training portals you can find. Their courses are thorough, easy to follow, and relevant to the skills businesses and freelancers need to become more successful online. I'm very happy to have found the training programs at Freelance University, and Craig Cannings is a wonderful teacher and trainer, too. I recommend them both, very highly.Susan Weeks

The Online Freelancer Industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Freelance University. Craig makes sure that the “mystery” around digital marketing and Social Media disappears and that it is possible to learn the material quickly and easily.Heike Hunscher

FreeU courses are brimming with knowledgeable instructors and great information. Freelance University is money well spent and you’ll definitely come away increasing your knowledge level!Ruth Martin

Freelance University consistently delivers high-quality training programs for Freelancers and Online Professionals. Craig’s genuine love of training and interest in helping participants results in top-notch presentations and quality resources. The FreeU support team is efficient, interactive and very helpful. I highly recommend Freelance University. This is the place to go for learning and growth as an online freelancer.Janice Mcleod

I've enrolled in several training and certification courses at Freelance University and they have always been consistent at offering training on high-demand skills that are necessary for freelancers like myself. I highly recommend FreeU for all your training needs!Rebecca Ishibashi

Craig has been providing exceptional training for a number of years. When I was first building my virtual business, I was drawn in by both Craig’s incredible energy, knowledge, and ability to connect, while delivering first-rate material. As my business has evolved, I have continued to take new courses, or upgrade my skills through Freelance University. Thank you for providing such an incredible service!Tracey Ehman, Admin Sidekick

Freelance University courses are fabulous!! They are incredibly detailed and well laid out. I would not be where I am now, making a great living and earning a fabulous reputation! Thank you so much Craig! I will continue to take every course that FreeU offers!Serena Carcasole