How to Franchise: Kumon in the Philippines

Did you start your educational journey in Kumon? And now you’re interested to provide Kumon education to the children in your community? Here are the information you need to begin your own Kumon franchise, including franchise fee, application details, and contact information in the Philippines.

About the “Kumon Method”

In 1954, a Japanese high school math teacher, Toru Kumon, taught his son the concept of self-learning by writing numerous calculation problems on loose-leaf paper. This was the beginning of the “Kumon Method” which eventually spread worldwide, including the Philippines with its first Kumon branch in 1996.

The Kumon Method is a different learning methodology because it helps students learn by doing and solving problems independently without being taught. The Kumon way lets students study comfortably so they can independently develop their own academic ability.

Kumon does not brand itself as a review or tutorial center because unlike these centers, Kumon is “a long-term education program that seeks to build the student’s mastery in math and reading” with the program designed to allow students to adopt self-learning.

The goal of Kumon is to develop the advanced self-learning ability of children by ensuring that they study at a level that is “just right” for them. As explained by Kumon, the “just-right” level is the “suitable amount of mental stimulus, just as they would have to attempt appropriate physical tasks in order to build a strong body.”

Kumon instructors assist students by continually challenging them through gradual increases in the level of difficulty of the worksheets or problems to be solved, while taking into account increases in each student’s varying level of academic ability.

At present, Kumon boasts of more than 24,700 branches around the world. In the Philippines, there are now over 200 Kumon centers.

Will you be the one to open the next Kumon Center? Here’s how.

Application Requirements

Unlike other franchise business models, you have to be a Kumon instructor yourself to own your own Kumon franchise. To be a Kumon instructor, you must:

  • Be a Filipino citizen
  • Be at least a College graduate
  • Love to teach and take care of children
  • Have full-time commitment to Kumon instruction

Application Steps

1. To begin you application, prospective Kumon franchisees must attend the Franchise Orientation program at the Kumon Head Office in Philamlife Tower, Makati.

2. The franchisee must get a passing score for the math and reading tests to be administered.

3. The franchisee must then pass the assessment interview.

4. The proposed location of the Kumon center shall also be evaluated.

5. Once approved, the franchisee must attend the “New Instructor Training and In-class Training” prior to setup of the Kumon Center.

6. Finally, the Franchise Agreement will be signed and the franchisee shall pay the Franchise fee and other required investment.

Franchise Fee and Total Investment

In the Philippines, the Kumon franchise fee amounts to P60,480.

The amount appears to be relatively inexpensive but take note that apart from this fee, franchisees will also shoulder other related expenses which may vary based on the franchise agreement, such as:

  • Training / Instructor Development Program expenses
  • Purchase of Materials
  • Costs of Construction
  • Professional Fees
  • Marketing Costs

The total investment cost to own a Kumon Center is expected to range from Php 600,000 to Php 800,000 or more.

Depending on the number of enrollees, the Return of Investment / Payback period could be 18 to 24 months.

Contact Details

Got additional questions or concerns about this franchise? Contact Kumon Philippines at:

Address: 19th Floor, Philamlife Tower, 8767 Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Telephone / Cellphone Numbers: +(63)-2-885-0226 local 197



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Information and Image Source: Kumon Philippines’ company website (

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