Types of User Roles

In every Teachable school, there are different roles a user can assume. Each of these roles have different capabilities; this article gives you an overview of those roles and how they behave within a school.

Primary Owner


The Primary Owner has complete administrative rights over a school, and is the only user that has control over:

  1. Updating payout methods (PayPal email and custom payment gateway credentials)
  2. Deleting a school
  3. Adding/Revoking other owners
  4. Changing other Owner’s passwords (unless they are using myTeachable)
  5. Transferring primary ownership
  6. Updating billing and plan information
  7. Filling out tax forms
  8. Opting in to Teachable's Beta Program.

Ownerschool owners

Owners have access to all administrative rights over a school EXCEPT those that are restricted to a Primary Owner.

Owners also have full administrative rights over users, students, authors, and affiliates.

NOTE: Owner/Administrator accounts cannot dually have the distinction of affiliate or author.


school authors

Based on rules set by the owner, an author can oversee one or more courses and can perform certain administrative functions, like:

  • Uploading
  • Publishing
  • Pricing
  • Emailing students enrolled in the course


school affiliates

Affiliates promote courses in exchange for a set percentage of revenue for each purchase linked with their affiliate ID.


school students

Students are any users who are enrolled in one or more courses and have not been designated as an administrator or an author.


Users are any individuals who have an account on Teachable. This includes owners, authors, affiliates, students, and even people who sign up for a course but never complete payment.


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