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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 freelancers (like me) wanting to enhance skills and specialties and learn new ways to help my clients. The support in the Facebook group is tremendous, from the mentors and other students to Craig and Kelly often jumping in to share their expertise. The value of the University is second to none. Without hesitation, I would recommend Freelance University to all virtual professionals.

Shelley McKenzie

Freelance University is one of the very few experiences I have found that offers a 360 degree support network to ensure your freelance success. Within the first three weeks of joining the University and applying what I learned, I had landed my first client… it just works!

John Easton

I started my VA business in 2012 at the age of 57. I wanted to be self employed, have a flexible schedule, be able to work from anywhere and do what I love. I also needed to hone my skill set. I found that with FreeU. FreeU has the best model for on-line training that I have ever seen for Freelancers. l love that for a yearly fee, I can take all of the courses offered in the comfort of my office at home or wherever I happen to be in the world!

Anne Bole

We’ve Helped More Than 14,000 Students Just Like You…

Renée Maniscalco Garrin

The freedom to be there for my daughter on infinite levels, relocate this past summer to a town we love, and be able to work from bed when I am not feeling well (like now!)

Renée Maniscalco Garrin

B Allen Thobois

The freedom to work my own hours, which is important as my health problems preclude me from holding down a standard “9-5” job. I can get my day’s work accomplished, but I can take breaks as needed and work late into the night to complete a deadline if needed.

B Allen Thobois

Marit Fox

Flexibility of time, energy and tasks plus no commute and expensive work wardrobe!

Marit Fox

Janice Hurlburt

So I have the freedom to create a work schedule that works for me and my family… So I can semi-retire in 7 years and continue to work part-time and not worry about being laid off from a job and start over.

Janice Hurlburt

Jena Petrescue Kroeker

It’s given me freedom to relocate to different cities over the years without having to change jobs.

Jena Petrescue Kroeker

Garcia Thomas

Choose what, when and where I work.

Garcia Thomas

Join the Notification List for the January 2018 Intake!

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 14,000 students in 60+ countries around the world.

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

Freelance University (aka FreeU) is specially designed for freelancers and VAs 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

The University features:

How Will VAClassroom University Grow My Business?

  • Over 65 current freelance or VA training certifications, courses and programs to keep your skills sharp and in-demand
  • Monthly live skill workshops on the most popular topics selected by our students
  • A userfriendly course tracking system to help you effectively monitor your learning progress
  • A private learning community to ensure that get ALL the support you need to be successful
  • 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 Freelance Directory to prominently showcase your skills and abilities in a visually appealing profile page to be seen by lots of new clients
  • Discount center where you can access software and web design services for a fraction of the cost!
  • The monthly “Learning Curve” publication delivered to your inbox complete with valuable articles, tips and tools to keep your skills sharp!

The Instant Access University

The Instant Access University

Gain instant access to 80+ powerful certifications and workshops for a single monthly or annual tuition plan. That’s all it takes to set yourself free.

8 Talented Mentors

8 Talented Mentors

Connect with 8 talented mentors ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction, no matter your niche.

Income-Building Courses

Income-Building Courses

Enroll in powerful, skills-based courses designed to transform your earning potential overnight.

Professional Certifications

Professional Certifications

Access industry-leading certifications in such areas as Digital Marketing, Project Management, Podcast Production, WordPress and more.

An Engaging Community

An Engaging Community

Join a community of like-minded individuals all pulling in the same direction. They’re going to make it happen, and so are you!

Exclusive Professional Directory

Exclusive Professional Directory

Set up a Professional Profile in our Freelance Directory and be seen by a constantly expanding base of clients who are searching for skilled professionals just like you!


Hi there!

When my wife Kelly and I started freelancing online in 2003, there was virtually no support or training for VAs or Freelancers. We had to figure everything things out and learn the hard way. It was tough, but we got there in the end.

It’s our desire that all our students have the freedom to create their own business, define their work-life balance, and pursue a career that ignites their passions. That’s why we decided to launch Freelance University (formerly VAClassroom) back in 2008 to provide a one-stop professional development platform for Virtual Assistants, Freelancers and Online Professionals. Since then, we’ve had the privilege of training over 14,000 virtual professionals in more than 70 countries.

Kelly and I have enjoyed the great freedom of working from home while raising our 5 daughters who are the greatest blessings of our lives.

I look forward to meeting you and hopefully seeing you in our University real soon!

I leave you with my favorite quote from marketing guru, Seth Godin:

The only worse thing about starting and failing is not starting something at all.

To Your Success,

Craig & Kelly Cannings

Semester Schedule of New Training Opportunities

Freelance University offers three semesters of powerful NEW certifications, courses and workshops. It’s how we ensure you have everything you need to find the direction and insights you need to create a business you can be proud of.

Based on ongoing surveys and input from our students, new programs and courses are created each semester to help you develop the most in-demand skills and services for your VA or Freelance business. Each semester features 1 new certification, 1 core course and 4 interactive workshops. That means you get 18 NEW COURSES every single year!

Industry-Leading Certification Programs

Our courses are industry-leading for a reason and cover the eight core tracks you need to succeed as a freelancer: Social Media, Digital Marketing, Digital Media & Events, Content Creation & Management, Business Management, Technology Management, Graphic Design, and Web Development.

By partnering with the 3rd party accreditation company, Accredible.com, 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!

(Check out the course catalog below featuring specific courses for each track.)

Comprehensive Course Library

Our library isn’t just a reference source you can dip into from time to time — it’s a unique resource other freelancers wished they knew about. By making full use of our range of “Business-Building” and “Skills-Building” programs, you can learn everything you need to become the most sought after professional in your niche.

Pick and choose the right type of skill-based courses to meet your current and evolving needs. There is literally a course for every possible niche, with more being added each month.

Monthly Skills Workshop

Every single month we offer a new LIVE and interactive 90-minute workshop on the freelance and business topics that matter most to you!

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 in an established archive of awesome training!

In-Depth Software Training Tutorials

At some point, all of you as freelancers 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 also have recently launched our NEW “App Lab” which features a series of short courses on popular business apps.

Exclusive Resource Centre

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 100 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!

Student Success Interviews

Inspiration is everything when you’re growing a business and building a career, but what do you do as a freelancer who’s always working solo?

Watch or listen to a whole variety of interviews with successful professionals and other experts on key topics important to you.

One of the BEST ways to grow as a VA or Freelancer is to simply watch and learn how others have built profitable businesses.

Monthly Virtual Office Hours

Access a LIVE monthly Q&A webinar with Craig and special guests where you can bring your questions, challenges and discussion topics that are important to your business right now.

The monthly Virtual Office Hours is a great place to connect live with other students and get up to speed on pertinent topics in our industry.

Strategic Course Upgrades

We don’t just publish courses and then sit back and wait for the next big shift to come along. We’re constantly making strategic updates to our courses so our students stay ahead of the curve. If you’ve been searching for a way to keep your skills current, you’ve found it.

Software Sandbox

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, Magisto and Leadpages. By getting the hands on practical experience you need, you can master a lucrative new skill in a single afternoon.

Private Facebook Group

Access a thriving community of like-minded Freelance 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 Facebook Group is closely moderated by myself along with seven amazing Mentors who have a combined experience of over 40 years in the Freelance industry! You will be in GREAT hands in our community.

Finding it Hard to Get Started?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. We know what it’s like to take the first steps towards the Freelance career you want, which is why we’ve also included our exclusive Freelance 101 program.

This practical 10-module course is designed to help you start a Freelance business from scratch and lay a foundation for further study. It’s the incredible first step you’ll look back on in years to come as you think about where your amazing business got started.

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!

Take a few minutes and join this Guided Tour of our exciting “new-look” University!

Start Guided Tour Here.

“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).

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:

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

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


  • Certification Course
  • Skill-Based Course
  • Clinic or Workshop


  • $297
  • $147
  • $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 A-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 $9300 dollars of industry-leading courses included in our powerful university.

Plus, as part of your monthly or annual 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 $1999 in valuable training offered every year to go along with the $9300+ 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.

Choose the Perfect Tuition Plan For You:

SELECT YOUR PLAN: Annual Tuition Plan
Monthly Tuition Plan
80+ Certifications, Courses & Workshops across Eight Training Tracks ($10,200 value)
New In-Demand Training Programs 18 NEW COURSES 18 NEW COURSES
Freelance Resource Centre with 100+ Guides & Checklists
Software Sandbox and Practice Area
Tech Corner Software / App Tutorials
Student Success Interviews
Monthly Office Hours
Ongoing Support from Our World-Class Business Mentors
Professional Certifications Powered by Accredible
Monthly Access to the Learning Curve publication
Powerful Facebook Learning Community
Professional Freelance Directory Listing


1 PAYMENT of $597

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* Please refer to our 15-Day Cancellation Policy below.

We know that when you enroll at Freelance University it will be the biggest, most important step you’ve taken towards building the Freelance or VA business you’ve always dreamed of.

To make sure you’re absolutely sure you’ve found the perfect fit, we want you to take 15 DAYS to try out everything we have to offer. If for any reason you decide you want to leave, please contact us at [email protected] and we will cancel your monthly or annual commitment and give you a full refund with the click of a button. It really is that simple.


Craig Cannings

Co-Founder / Chief Learning Officer

Freelance University


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