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UAE Private Tuition Licence Guide: Eligibility, Application Process, and Permit Validity Explained

Private tutoring has been officially authorised in the UAE, as authorities introduce a new freelance permit that allows the provision of lessons beyond formal educational institutions. Registered teachers, those already holding jobs, unemployed individuals, school students aged 15 to 18, and university pupils are among those who can apply for the permit.



Launched jointly by the MoHRE and the Ministry of Education (MoE), the two-year permit is issued free of charge to applicants.  

Dr Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Mualla, undersecretary for Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Education, said the new permit provides “flexible options for students and parents, while maintaining discipline, quality, and efficiency in the educational process."

“The introduction of a permit for individuals qualified to provide private lessons will help curb illegal and unregulated practices when recruiting private teachers, which risk affecting the learning process as a whole,” he added. Supporting the Education Sector The new work permit will greatly support the different groups of specialised and qualified professionals within the education sector. This development allows teachers and educators to provide private tuition legally beyond the classroom, and most importantly, it significantly improves student safeguarding measures. Mehreen Aga, Director of Studies at Carfax Tutors UAE, reflects on this promising opportunity for teachers, “It is highly beneficial for teachers to have the opportunity to work as tutors. Tutoring provides teachers with an additional source of income, which can be particularly valuable in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where the cost of living can be high, and it can contribute to their overall job satisfaction.” Mehreen believes that the change in practice will allow Carfax to leverage the expertise, experience and pedagogical skills of qualified educators, to deliver high-quality tutoring services. “Teachers bring a deep understanding of curriculum, effective teaching methodologies, and the ability to personalise instruction to meet individual student needs.” she said. As quoted in The National, “It’s a win-win situation for both teachers and pupils.”

“Tutoring allows educators to further hone their teaching skills.” adds Mehreen. “Working one-on-one with students or in small groups provides valuable experience in adapting teaching methods to individual learning styles and addressing specific academic needs. This improved effectiveness in the classroom benefits both the teachers and their students.”

Do you want to learn more about the application process, and permit validity? Here is all you need to know: How can one apply for the permit? Eligible applicants can submit a request for the permit through the digital platforms of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). On the ministry’s website, applicants will find ‘Private Teacher Work Permit’ under the ‘Services’ tab. How much is the permit, and how long is it valid for? The two-year permit is granted free of charge. “This allows qualified individuals … who are granted the permit to offer private lessons and generate direct income, provided they sign a ‘code of conduct’ document approved by the ministry,” the MoHRE said.

Note, individuals offering private lessons without a permit from the ministry will be subject to “fines and penalties”. The ministry did not specify the fine amounts or detail the penalties. How long does it take for the permit to be issued?

According to the ministry, it takes one to five working days.

Does the licence cover both online and in-person tutoring? Yes, a single licence covers both. Is there a maximum number of students one can tutor? No, there is no limit. What are the documents needed to get a private tutor licence? The requirements vary, depending on who is applying. These are the documents that may be required:

  • Valid UAE residency (passport/Emirates ID)

  • Signed declaration

  • Certificate of good conduct

  • No-objection certificate from the employer

  • No-objection certificate from the parent or guardian (for students aged 15-18 years, looking to offer private tuitions)

  • Experience certificate (if any)

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Work with Carfax Tutors As a leading education group, with tutorial centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we are continuously seeking qualified and experienced teachers and private tutors to cater to the needs of our families and pupils. If you have recently obtained the new private tuition work permit, please contact Carfax Tutors today to learn more about our company, and freelance openings. 

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