How to apply

Three steps to official Ableton Certified Trainer Status

First round: Initial application

Send an e-mail to with "Ableton Certification Program Application - Event City - Event Language" in the email subject, e.g. "Ableton Certification Program Application - Berlin - German"

Please send the email from the address you use for your Ableton User account.

Include the following with your email:

  • Letter of motivation (1 page)
  • Professional resumé
  • Links to a 15-minute video of yourself teaching an Ableton Live topic in a classroom environment (this can be a presentation that you film)
  • An example of a Live curriculum.

Also, make sure you have filled out the Certification Program Inquiry Form here.

Second round: Phone Interview

Successful first round applicants will be contacted and invited to the second round phone interview with an Ableton product specialist. Successful interviewees will then receive an invitation to the Certification event 

Third Round: The Certification Event

Attend and pass the two-day Ableton Certification event, where we examine teaching skills and overall product knowledge in a group environment.


For questions regarding the application and event procedure, check the FAQs or send an email to


Admission Requirements

By sending your application, you agree to the conditions of application to the Ableton Certification Program laid out herein. 

Applicants to the Ableton Certified Trainer Program must comply with the following:

  • Minimum age: twenty-one (21) years.
  • At least three (3) years of Ableton Live product usage. Professional training at a pro audio school or university/conservatory (music technology dept) a plus, but not necessary.
  • A minimum of one (1) year’s experience in delivering instructor-led courses.
  • Ownership and knowledge of the most current version of Ableton Live.

Process of Application

There are three rounds in the process of applying to become an Ableton Certified Trainer:

First Round: Initial Application
First the Applicant must submit an application for a specified Certification Event, as further described below. 

Second Round: Phone Interview
Upon successfully passing the First Round, the Applicant will be invited to participate in a telephone interview.

Third Round: Certification Event
Upon successfully passing the Second Round, the Applicant will be invited to attend a Certification Event carried out by Ableton or its partners. 

Costs of Application

No payments will have to be made to Ableton by Applicants taking part in the First and Second Round. If the Applicant is then invited to the Certification Event, the Applicant understands all fees due must be paid prior to attending the Event. 

Payment of Third Round Fee and Conditions of Refund
Ableton will specify the actual fee and payment details to the Applicants selected to take part in the respective Certification Event. All fees due toward attending a Certification Event must be paid in full fourteen (14) days before the start of the Certification Event. 

Any refunds, partial or otherwise, will be negotiated only in situations of personal illness or incapacity resulting in the Applicant being unable to attend the event. Ableton must be informed beforehand and may request proof for the reason given. Refund will not be considered in cases of the participants not passing the Certification Event to the satisfaction of the host staff or Ableton. 

Acceptance and Refusal of Applicants

Ableton reserves the right to accept and refuse Applicants through any stage of the program at its reasonable discretion. This decision may be made in text form up to fourteen (14) days after the completion of a Certification Event.

Some examples of reasons for rejecting Applicants may include:

  • Unsatisfactory performance at Certification Event 
  • The Applicant, at any stage in the application process,  is not deemed appropriate for the Certification Program by Ableton
  • Unresolvable dispute over fee payments due

Ableton Certified Trainer Agreement

Once the Applicant is invited to the Third Round, he/she will be sent a copy of the Ableton Certified Trainer Agreement  (“Agreement”) to read through the conditions applicable to Ableton Certified Trainers, along with the payments due notice and further information on the actual Certification Event. Upon successfully completing the Certification Event and being accepted by Ableton, the Applicant will be required to sign the Agreement. The Agreement is valid until 31 December of the same year it has been signed by Ableton and the Applicant. Not signing the contract will result in an unsuccessful application for Certification and all fees paid will be forfeited. 

Confidentiality and Data Protection

All information submitted by the Applicant during the process of application is treated with utmost confidentiality. Ableton will only share the submitted data of Applicants selected to take part in a Certification Event with Ableton's distribution or event partners running the Certification Event to the extent necessary for carrying out the event. Such data includes, inter alia, the details necessary to contact the Applicant, the application documentation and the video links. Each Applicant has the right to be informed at any time and without cost about the personal data recorded about him/her, as well as a right to the correction, blocking, and/or deletion of the data, as applicable. 

If you have any questions regarding the collection, processing or use of your personal data, and in case of requests for information, correction, blocking, and/or deletion of the data, as well as the revocation of consent, please contact: Ableton AG, Schönhauser Allee 6-7, D-10119 Berlin,


The Ableton Certified Trainer Program is governed by the laws of Germany, with the exception of the CISG, even if the Participant has his/her residential seat abroad.