Teaching Certificate

ChessPlus offers the ECU School Chess Teacher training course which comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on the educational aspects of chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and valuable experience for children. Home-schooling parents, or parents who want to set up a school chess club would find the course very useful as well.

Those who complete the course and pass an online test are entitled to receive the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate. The Certificate is awarded by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has an adequate level of chess knowledge and is familiar with didactical methods for the classroom. The course is innovative in content and delivery.

Day 1
09:30 Registration
10.00 – 18.00 Course starts

    • Introduction
    • Classroom Chess
    • Language of Chess
    • History of Chess
    • The Pieces
    • Minigames
    • Didactic Model
    • Teaching Checkmate
    • Organising Competitions

    Day 2
    10.00 – 17.00 Course continues

    • Lesson Planning
    • Behaviour
    • Teaching tactics
    • Problem solving
    • Social chess


    1. Attendees are expected to be able to play chess to a basic level.
    The recommended online learning system is Learning Chess

    2. The online test requires that the candidate brings a digital device.

    Course Schedule

    The next course in the UK will be held on 14th and 15th October 2017 in Chiswick, west London.

    European Chess Union

    The European Chess Union is the representative body for 54 national chess federations in Europe and neighbouring regions. The Education Commission of the ECU promotes chess as a pedagogic tool to develop the social and intellectual skills of children. The Education Commission was established in 2014 to lead the development of Chess in Schools across Europe. It launched a School Chess Teacher Certificate scheme to recognise school teachers who have the knowledge and ability to teach chess in the classroom.

    The ECU School Chess Teacher training course was designed by the leading chess educationists in Europe and is validated by the ECU Advisory Board which is an international academic panel with experts in disciplines from cognitive science and psychology to statistics and pedagogy. The certification was developed following the Declaration by the European Parliament on 15th March 2012 that Chess in Schools should be encouraged for educational purposes.