WWKC/K.O.I. Scholarship Program 2018-2019

Scholarship Registration Opens Nov. 1, 2018!

Registration Closes Nov. 30, 2018

Signups      (see bottom of page for links to add a scholarship to your shopping cart)

Signups open November 1, 2018 and close November 30. 

Students may begin working as soon as they purchase the CKK package on the K.O.I. website AND return an acknowledgement that they have read and understand the cautionary notes below.

World Wide Koi Club (WWKC) is offering 10 scholarships; applicants must be current WWKC members (see Koiphen.com).  You can purchase a $29 WWKC membership along with your scholarship through the K.O.I. web site.

Koi Organisation International (K.O.I.) is offering 10 scholarships; anyone may apply.  Each student must have a sponsoring group, either WWKC or K.O.I.  K.O.I. will track all students’ progress (Note: REAL NAMES [not screen names] will be used to disclose and track the progress of scholarship recipients on the Koiphen and K.O.I. websites).

Scholarships cover course tuition (a $205 value).  All other expenses are the student's responsibility (see details below).

Payment reserves a scholarship!

Course Completion

All courses, including both parts of the Lab, must be completed by November 30, 2019 in order to receive a refund of the $100 deposit. 

Total permissible time (including paid extensions) to complete the program is 2 years (December 1, 2020) – after that, students must start over from scratch.


Taking the courses: Order and Timing

Students may take the nine courses in the order that works best for them.  We recommend that students begin with the three easiest courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Biosecurity), then progress to the less-easy (Nutrition, Filtration, Construction) and finish with Water Quality, Diagnosis & Treatment, and the Lab.   No matter what order you choose to do the courses in, Diagnosis and Treatment must be 8th and the Lab must be 9th.  Coursework should be started no later than December 1, 2018, and must be completed by November 30, 2019.

 The following is a chart of the amount of time to expect each course to take.

Course                       Average time to finish                      Actual Study Time

Anatomy                     1 week                                                4-6 hours

Physiology                  1 week                                                4-6 hours

Biosecurity                  1 week                                                4-6 hours

Nutrition                       2 weeks                                              8-12 hours

Filtration                      2 weeks                                              8-12 hours

Construction                3 weeks                                              12-16 hours

Water Quality              4 weeks                                               16-20 hours

Diag & Trtmt               5-6 weeks                                             50 hours

Lab                              2 wks                                                    8-12 hours

Additional requirements – Monthly Report Required

Each student must communicate monthly by email with Mary Nielsen, the Student Coordinator, at this email address:  hulali8@icloud.com.  This communication is due the first week of each month until a student has completed all nine courses, unless otherwise arranged between the student and the Coordinator.  The communication will be a brief accounting for the past month and a plan for the upcoming month using the following example form.  A blank form will be sent monthly to each scholarship student.

CKK Scholarship Monthly Reporting Form

Last month’s goal(s):
Results (goals complete? incomplete?  Please elaborate):
Corrective action required, if any:
Goals for the upcoming month:

Students set their own goals.  These goals should have definitive, measurable end points and specific dates, e.g. merely attempting to do something is not considered a valid goal.  These monthly communications are required to continue in the program. 

Failure to submit these reports will trigger a reminder and, if missed for a second month, student will be dropped from the program.  

Exceptions for hardships will be considered and granted at the sole discretion of the scholarship grantors, i.e., WWKC and/or KOI.
Questions and/or requests should be submitted to the Student Coordinator, Mary Nielsen at:


Once having earned their certification, Certified Koi Keepers will receive:

- A Certified Koi Keeper pin sent by mail

- A Certified Koi Keeper certificate sent by mail

- A $30 credit toward the purchase of K.O.I. courses and/or ebooks

- A template for printable Certified Koi Keeper business cards – sent by email

- A 50% discount on K.O.I. ebooks

- A 25% discount on most additional K.O.I. courses and groups of courses (Courses 313, 520 and 521 do not qualify for this discount)

To maintain their certification, Certified Koi Keepers must acquire 15 Continuing Education Units every 2 years. More information about Continuing Education can be found in the K.O.I. Continuing Education Policy (see link at the bottom of the home page).


The fine print:

What to expect in order to become a CKK – a note from Spike Cover

We are pleased that you are considering applying to become a Certified Koi Keeper with K.O.I.  Before you sign up, we would like to tell you a little about what you’ll need to do to be successful.

You will need to commit both time and money.  We’ll explain each below.

First, you’ll need to put some earnest money up front.  If you fulfill the requirements of the program, you’ll get that money back.  You’ll also likely need to purchase some books and supplies.  We’ll explain what’s needed below.

You’ll need to have the time, and you’ll need to commit enough time to read the material and take the tests.  Some advanced hobbyists have tried to just take the tests without studying the material, and have struggled.  It’s much better that you believe that you need to study to do well and that you be willing to commit the time to do that.  It’s also a dumb move to study “to the test,” as you are only minimizing your own learning that way.

All this is not meant to scare you, just to warn you that good intentions alone won’t cut it in these classes.  It will take commitment and effort.  Historically, about half of the people who think they can and will make this commitment, don’t finish.  This is not because the material was too difficult but rather because they either didn’t accurately assess the time required and then discovered they couldn’t commit that time, or they just weren’t willing to put out the required effort.  Literally everyone who has committed the time has made it through.

Financial commitment estimates:

$100 Deposit, refundable if program is completed by Nov. 30, 2019

$85  Step by Step Advanced Koi Diagnosis and Treatment by Duncan Griffiths (text for #207, available at K.O.I. website store -- please note that this is only available in paper copy and only in English)

$50 to $150  Microscope, slides, cover slips

$35 to $50  Digital gram scale, accurate to .01g 

$25 to $35  API test kits for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH, KH

$50 to $500  Large koi net

$50 to $150  Koi sock net – optional but nice to have

$15 to $100  Tub(s) large enough to hold a koi for anesthesia (can be a blue koi tub, or a Rubbermaid tub – a second container for anesthesia recovery is optional but nice to have)

So that’s $410 on up assuming the student has none of the above.  It could be as little as $100 (refundable) if the student already has all of the necessary equipment and supplies.


Computer requirements:

Internet access

An email account

The ability to access and modify (edit) MS Word documents and attach them to emails

The ability to read, write and speak English

The ability to access and view PDF files

Some means of playing a DVD, either on computer or TV

Again, we want to emphasize that succeeding in the CKK program will require not only your good intentions, but your commitment and work.

Please email our student coordinator - Mary Nielsen hulali8@icloud.com for further explanation and more info!

CLICK HERE to see our Scholarship pages from 2017/2018.


CLICK HERE to Purchase a K.O.I. Scholarship - $100.

CLICK HERE to Purchase a WWKC Scholarship (Must be a WWKC Member) - $100.

CLICK HERE to Purchase a WWKC Scholarship AND WWKC Membership - $129.


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