What does it take to be a Freelance Adult Educator?



Please be assured that you can apply for ACTA regardless of what your self-assessment is. This questionnaire is not a screening tool. It is meant only to help potential ACTA applicants intending to pursue freelancing AE work think carefully about what lies ahead of them, before they invest time, effort and money in the programme.


A career in adult education can be a rewarding and fulfilling one. However, there is a common perception that getting ACTA means you will be able to cross successfully into the adult education landscape, and that assignments will be waiting for you. In reality, this is not how the industry works. Being an adult educator (AE) is bigger than just getting an ACTA qualification.

If you are a potential ACTA applicant, here are 18 questions to think about to help you make an informed choice about whether ACTA is the next step that you want to take. These questions are based on real-life freelance adult educators’ career experiences.

If you are currently full-time employed, try answering the questions as you imagine yourself venturing into the freelance AE world maybe in future. You never know!

If you are already an existing freelance adult educator, you will find these questions useful in assessing where you are currently in your freelance career.