Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Corona Academy Online course cost?

The price is €299 + applicable VAT. The price includes 2–year access to the course and all of its content (including future updates), a 10% discount on a yearly Corona Renderer for 3ds Max FairSasS license (1 workstation + 3 nodes), and an official Certified User certificate (in PDF format).

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What will I learn during the Corona Academy?

You will learn everything about Corona Renderer – how to use its features efficiently, how to avoid mistakes to get the best rendering performance, and what is the philosophy that makes Corona Renderer what artists tell us is the most user–friendly render engine out there. You can find more about included topics Knowledge and Skills.

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How is this course better than various free tutorials available online provided by the Corona team and others?

You will be learning directly from the team behind developing Corona Renderer and we’ll teach you everything there’s to know about the software. You’ll also receive a set of benefits including the official certification.

Our free tutorials cover topics in isolation, often using very simple test scenes. The Academy is different as it takes you through the major steps of creating a project, covering each topic as it becomes relevant, using two complex scenes, one interior and one exterior, and simple test scenes are used only to demonstrate some specific features when necessary.

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How long does it take to finish the course?

There are over 11 hours of video. On top of that, it should take between 2 and 4 hours to complete all the tests (the ones after each lesson and the final overall test, combined). That means you should allow at least 13 to 15 hours to finish the course (and after that, as long as you like to rewatch any videos you were particularly interested in!).

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Which exact version of Corona Renderer do I need?

It is best to use the newest stable version of Corona Renderer available at corona-renderer.com/download.

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I just installed Corona Renderer and I’d like to learn how to work with it. Is this course suitable for me?

Before purchasing, if you want to check that the course is right for you and that your knowledge of Corona Renderer and 3ds Max is at the right level to get the best from it, you can try out the Free Sample Lessons course at no charge.

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I don’t have a Corona license. Can you help me?

You can purchase it or you can try out the 45–day unlimited demo if you haven’t already. Please note that signing up for Corona Academy Online does not make you eligible for the Educational License.

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My English is not very good but I am usually able to understand most of the tutorials. Is basic English knowledge sufficient for passing the course?

Before purchasing, if you want to check that the course is right for you and that your knowledge of the English language is at the right level to get the best from it, you can try out the Free Sample Lessons course at no charge.

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I’d like to use the 10% discount code for the license. Where can I find it? Is it possible to combine it with different discounts?

You’ll receive the discount code along with your invoice. Please allow a couple of days after the payment to arrive. The discount code is only valid for a yearly Corona Renderer for 3ds Max FairSaaS license and it can’t be combined with other discounts.

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What happens if I won’t pass the final certification test? Will I get my money back?

Failing to pass the test won’t make you eligible for a refund. But keep in mind that you can retake it as many times as you need. If you are unsure of your skills, check out the Free Sample Lessons course. You can retake the tests and rewatch the lessons as many times as you need and the content will be available for you for two years so there’s plenty of time for you to study and improve.

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What happens with my Certified User certificate after 2 years and what should I do to renew it?

At the end of the 2 year certification, you will need to retake the Corona Academy Online course again (or, a course from an official instructor). This is because Corona Renderer will have changed a lot in 2 years, and we need to make sure you are up to speed with all the new features, changes in workflow, and new recommended best practices.

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Can I use my certificate to organize my own courses?

If you are a Primary Certified Instructor, you can train students to have Certified Instructor or Certified User status (the choice is yours). If you are a Certified Instructor, you can train students to have Certified User status.

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How can I become a Primary Certified Instructor or Certified Instructor?

You can become a Certified Instructor by attending an instructor course organized by our Primary Certified Instructors. To find those courses, check out the list of upcoming Certified Courses or reach out directly to the Primary Certified Instructor near you.

Primary Certified Instructors were trained only via the original Corona Academy (which was an inclass course in Prague) and currently, we do not plan to organize more of those in the foreseeable future. You can learn more about it in our blog.

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Where can I take an instructor course or in–class user course in my location?

You can attend courses run by any of our officially approved instructors. Any courses due to take place are listed on the Corona Academy home page.

If you don’t see a suitable course listed, you can check the full list of official instructors and search there for an instructor who is nearby, and use their contact details to ask if they are planning a course any time in the future.

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I am a C4D user, is there a Corona Academy course for me?

We cover this in detail in our blog – please see our answer there, along with a way to contact us and let us know you would pay for a Cinema 4D version of the Academy.

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