Open a Kumon centre

Becoming a franchisee

Kumon is looking for driven professionals who are passionate about education, children and helping them build a brighter future. Together with all of the potential Kumon students across South Africa, you can turn that passion into a reality by running your own Kumon study centre where one doesn't already exist or is available because an existing Instructor is retiring.

  • This is a full-time business opportunity where you will build and run your own business while also helping children fulfil their potential                                                                                                                                       
  • You will become part of a network of Instructors that share best practice along with the satisfaction of making a difference to children in your local community                                                                                                   
  • You'll have an Area Manager to offer advice and support in launching, running and marketing your Kumon study centre                                               
  • There is a minimal start-up fee                                                                   
  • Through delivering both face to face and online classes, you’ll help many families benefit from learning with our method              

What does it mean to be a Kumon franchisee?

Becoming a Kumon franchisee provides a unique opportunity to develop students through the Kumon programmes, as well as building your own study centre and business.

When you join the Kumon network of Instructors, your local Area Manager will work with you to get your study centre up and running as you prepare to start your training. We want to make sure you have what you need to succeed, so as well as two week's initial training, we'll supply you with the business model, the support of our Kumon Team, plus we will invest in your professional development with our ongoing instructional training.


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How much will it cost?

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Establishing a Study Centre requires some capital outlay.  Exact costs are determined through the Business Plan process and depends on the area in question. Amounts shown here are a general indication, not exact figures.
  • A minimum start-up capital of approximately R65 000,00 to 100 000,00 (area dependant).
  • This includes the equivalent of R10 000,00 to 20 000,00 (area dependant) for your initial licence fee.
  • In the case of buying an existing franchise, an appreciation fee is paid to the outgoing Instructor for taking over their business. 
  • You’ll charge a monthly fee per subject, and parents will pay you directly.

  • You’ll be aiming to have an average of 150-200 subjects in your centre.

  • You’ll pay Kumon a fixed cost royalty fee for each subject.

  • The royalty fee covers the Kumon learning materials and support.

What is Kumon?

The Kumon Institute of Education was founded in 1958 in Japan by Toru Kumon, both a parent and gifted maths teacher. He created what is now the Kumon Maths Programme for his son Takeshi to help him improve his ability in maths. Our programmes now develop English skills, as well as maths, and are constantly evolving, learning from students and Instructors, to make them as effective as possible. Kumon still stands firm to Toru Kumon’s founding principle: to help as many children as possible excel academically and realise their potential.

The Kumon Maths and English Programmes are complementary to work covered in school, building key skills and academic ability at the student’s own pace. Whilst Kumon does not follow any particular school curriculum, it does help students to build strong foundations that can help them to excel in all subjects at school.

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