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CF Design School Review [2021]: Bonus + Cash Back

I'm biased, but I'm not wrong: CF Design School is one of the top 3 courses on online, ever.

In a wasteland of courses that are either scammy or ineffective, CF Design School regularly holds graduations for their students that earn $10k, $20k, $50k, & $100k.

The founder Kathryn told me they are planning on building their $250k award soon because her students are progressing so much.

AND I want to help you. I asked Kathryn if it was okay, and she said that I could give up to $700 cash back to people who partner with ExpertSumo. More details at the bottom.

Heads up: you can see this site is ad-free. You can show your support by messaging me and saying thanks, OR buying products I talk about here and in my free guides (I get rewarded if you do) OR buying ExpertSumo products.

The average person taking the average business course makes an average of $0 from what they learn from their courses.

CF Design School is not average. It has a regular flow of people making thousands of dollars within 14 days of taking the course blew me away.

But it can be a little expensive, so after talking with the course founder, I've created a $200 Funnel Design Scholarship that all ExpertSumo readers can use to help them buy CF Design School.

It's basically a $200 cash back bonus. And I'm offering it to all my readers.

All you have to do is buy CF Design School through our unique link...

...and all you have to do to get that link is to tell me where to send it by clicking the yellow button.

Click here to get the link to the $200 Funnel Design Scholarship.

Let me explain a little more about the this $200 before I get to the giant review below.

After you sign up for CF Design School through us, I will give you $200 to help you cover the costs of the course.

It's the only legitimate discount for CF Design School out there. (The rest are fake, and I've actually seen one that was a computer virus download scheme).

Too Good To Be True Warning (Or, "What's in it for ExpertSumo?")

I get this feedback a lot... a free scholarship seems too good to be true.   Let’s crush that doubt with two truth bombs:

Truth Bomb #1: ExpertSumo is not a charity - I do get something valuable out of this.

Even though I am basically giving away $200, I still benefit financially in two ways:

Small Benefit: When you buy CF Design School through ExpertSumo, they give me a commission.

Big Benefit: I get to connect with you. $200 is a cheap investment to connect with a growing entrepreneur.

I will try to become your friend (prepare for me to lay on the charm and follow you on social media).

And as your business grows, I will offer services, promote your products, introduce you to my network, recommend other products you could buy, or people you could hire.

A real relationship with a successful entrepreneur is worth 100x more than a measly $200.

Summary:  You don’t need to trust my altruism.  You can trust my self-interest.

Truth Bomb #2: If you can’t trust ExpertSumo, trust other entrepreneurs I've helped:

Here's Susan, one of my recent Funnel Design Scholarship recipients from just last month who was able to use her scholarship to get CF Design School at a lower price.



Susan: Spent her bonus money on Design Training courses

So, before you read the rest of the review:

1. Click the yellow button and submit your information to opt-in to the $200 scholarship.  Do it now, before you forget. You won't lose your place or be redirected.

ALSO, there's no pressure to move forward or buy CF Design School - submitting your email is just taking advantage of a potential $200 opportunity if you DO eventually buy CF Design School.

Okay, on to the review - it has 4 major sections:

  1. Our rating of CF Design School based on who you are
  2. CF Design School features, pros, and cons
  3. A quiz: The business matching quiz (Is CF Design School right for me?)
  4. FAQs

Remember that if it sounds like CF Design School is a fit for you to give me your email before you buy so I can send you the link for your $200 scholarship bonus.

Table of Contents


September 2019 Update: Agreement with CF Design School to create a scholarship that gives $200 cash back to ExpertSumo users who purchase through ExpertSumo.

Rapid Summary: What is CF Design School?

CF Design School Splash

CF Design School's main product is a detailed course that shows users how to create customized, beautifully design ClickFunnels pages all by themselves, without the use of templates.

Our Overall ExpertSumo Rating

CF Design School is an extremely effective course created for a very specific niche of people. If you're one of those people, it could be the best investment you make in yourself this year.

If you aren't, then you'll be impressed by the course, but you'll struggle to really turn it into something valuable for your business.

That is why our ratings are divided based on the type of person or business you are. You can also take a look at the quizzes section (specifically "Is CF Design School Right For Me") to see if you should take the course.

CF Design School for Agencies


OVERALL: ★★★★☆ - 4/5 stars.

PRICING: ★★★★☆ - 4/5 stars.

EASE OF USE: ★★★★★ - 5/5 stars.

DETAILS: If you are an agency looking to expand your offerings into web design, this is a quick way to springboard your business.

By the end of the course, you will be confident about how to design websites and how to find new clients.

VERDICT: This is a good purchase, and an easy investment to make for any agency that wants to expand its services.

CF Design School for Entrepreneurial ClickFunnels Users


OVERALL: ★★★★★ - 5/5 stars.

PRICING: ★★★☆☆ - 3/5 stars.

EASE OF USE: ★★★★★ - 5/5 stars.

DETAILS: Many ClickFunnels users are able to get up and running, but after a few months, realize that they can't get their sales funnels to look professional without templates (and sometimes not even then).

So these users become dependent on buying templates through the marketplace, trying to tweak them the best they can and hope the pages the make are good enough.

This is an area where CF Design School shines. ClickFunnels users can make one purchase, and will never have to buy a template again. Graduates of the course are able to churn out good looking funnels very quickly.

It is a more expensive course though, so if you're just starting your entrepreneurial journey, you may need to use their payment plan.

VERDICT: If you have only one funnel and you don't plan on making many changes, you can probably skip buying this course. But if you have plans for several funnels, offers or sales funnels in the future, you should make the investment and buy the course.

CF Design School for Web Designers

Web Designer

OVERALL: ★★★☆☆ - 3/5 stars.

PRICING: ★★★☆☆ - 3/5 stars.

EASE OF USE: ★★★☆☆ - 3/5 stars.

DETAILS: WAIT! Before I start on this, you need to know: there are actually many web designers who have signed up for CF Design School and loved it. Instead of a 3 star rating, it should be more like:

Some web designers: ★★★★★ - 5/5 stars.

Other web designers: ★☆☆☆☆ - 1/5 stars.

Here's what I mean...

CF Design School is NOT going to teach you HTML, CSS, Javascript or traditional front-end design.

Most courses geared towards web designers are about that: tools, frameworks, Adobe products...

This isn't that kind of course. And if you're the type of web designer looking for a traditional web design course like that, you'll be disappointed, because this is a course that doesn't use any of those traditional tools to design.

Instead, the emphasis is on creating websites that convert without knowing how to use design tools or code.

Here's the thing: This is actually a course about how to increase online sales and conversion disguised as a course about web design.

So, if you're looking to master a tool - this class isn't for you.

BUT, if you're a web design who would like to know how to design websites that are built to sell products, you should sign up. That's why other web designers did.

Now, the course teaches users these design principles on the ClickFunnels platform, which has a fully featured drag-and-drop website builder.

But you can use the same principles on the custom websites you build for yourself or clients.

VERDICT: Don't buy it if you want to be an Adobe expert. Do buy it if you want to learn the secret to turning your web designs into sales machines.

CF Design School for Freelancers Who Are NOT Web Designers


OVERALL: ★★★★★ - 5/5 stars.

PRICING: ★★★☆☆ - 3/5 stars.

EASE OF USE: ★★★★★ - 5/5 stars.

DETAILS: Many of the biggest success stories from CF Design School are from freelance content writers, researchers, SEOs, or marketers who have important skills for helping online businesses... but can't do web design.

CF Design School can take a freelancer from doing $20 an hour jobs to $200 an hour jobs because of the way it teaches them to quickly create beautiful websites.

However, many times freelancers can be tight on cash, and the course is not cheap. It's worth it, but you may need to take advantage of the monthly payment plan they offer.

VERDICT: Take the course. This is one of the types of people the course is specifically geared towards, and several people earn their money back within the first two weeks using the tactics they learned.

CF Design School Pricing

CF Design School has one main product (the premium course) with tons of extra bonuses.

They also sometimes offer a free webinar to:

(1) prove their expertise when it comes to design.

(2) teach people a few design principles.

(3) get people interested in their premium course.

The premium course costs:

$997 if you pay all at once.

$1191 if you pay in three payments over three months (3 x $397).

$1379 if you pay in seven payments over seven months (7 x $197).

CF Design School Pricing

Important Note: Remember that you can get your $200 scholarship when you buy through the ExpertSumo link. Click the yellow button to tell me where to send the link.

Click here to get the link to the $200 Funnel Design Scholarship.

CF Design School also offers a "Design Toolkit" that they have used to streamline their own design processes. They sell it for $197, but they will usually offer it at a big discount one time to their users for $37.

CF Design School Features, Pros and Cons

Let's talk about features, pros, cons, and whether anything might be a deal breaker reason for you to not buy..

Hopefully this is helpful because most of the detailed material about the course is contained inside a promotional webinar, and isn't written down anywhere.

Until now.

I'm also reviewing the bonuses given away with the course as part of the features I cover.

Checklists and Strategy Guides

CF Design School provides checklists and strategy guides so that students have a repeatable process when it comes to designing a site.

This captures the spirit of the course, which is as much about automating and streamlining your efforts as it is about great design tactics.


I hate design tips like "which color makes a site trustworthy?". The answer is "there isn't one, otherwise, Youtube red, Facebook blue, Uber black and Lyft pink would all be the same color."

These checklists and strategies avoid that nonsense, are are extremely tactical and immediately applicable.


These checklists and strategies contain universal principles... but you can tell they are coming from a foundation of using ClickFunnels. If you don't have ClickFunnels, the course is still useful, but specific examples come from the platform.

Toolbox for Design Hackers


CF Design school doesn't just give information - students also receive several tools they can use when they are building or redesigning sales funnels.


If you do NOT come from a design background, the design toolbox is really helpful for being able to streamline the design tactics you learn in the course.


If you come from a design background, the design toolbox may seem strange to you. It isn't Sketch plugins or photoshop filters or presets, so if you were hoping for tools that were built for more traditional designers, you will be disappointed

"Money By The Weekend"


One of the main things that sets this course apart from other courses is that after teaching the tactics of designing sales funnels, the final modules give a checklist challenge for the students so they can immediately apply what they learn... and get paid for it.


This is one of the few courses that has such a strong emphasis on helping students earn the amount of money they spent on the course before the course is even over.

The challenge gives all the steps that the student needs to take in order to put their new design skills to work, in the form of redesigning someone's website and the steps to get them to pay you for it.

It is a true 'rubber meets the road' moment where the value of the course is immediately felt by the student in the form of cold hard cash.


None, this is the best section of the course in my opinion, and maybe one of the best sections of any course I've seen.

ClickFunnels Resources


CF Design School provides 20 pre-made ClickFunnels templates to students, AND has a bonus mini-course called ClickFunnels made easy.


If you are brand new to ClickFunnels or are still trying to move from beginner to expert, these resources are very helpful in getting you up to speed.


Again, this is ClickFunnels-centric course. This isn't helpful to you if you aren't on their platform.

Sales Process Bonuses

One of the interesting twists about this course is that it isn't so much about acquisition of design skills as it is about acquisition of processes that make it easy to (1) design quickly and professionally and (2) get clients who will pay for that design skill.


If you are a freelancer or agency, this is a very helpful step in turning your new skills into cash and contracts, which is a gap few other courses try to bridge.


Not really a con - but like I said above, these bonuses are the least like the rest of the course. This isn't about designing so much as how to sell someone on your design skills so they hire you.

Great if you're an agency or freelancer... maybe less important if you're a straight up ClickFunnels entrepreneur.

Community and Coaching

Design Hacking Live

CF Design School actively tries to do two things for each student: integrate them into their network of current and past students, and create a real relationship with the founder and course instructor Kathryn Jones.

This involves inclusion on group coaching calls, being invited to their private Facebook Group, getting on group coaching calls, and having the opportunity to have 1 on 1 training from Kathryn. They even have events.


This is a deeply involved course. Kathryn the instructor as well as the community are all pulling for each other to succeed. Definitely different than 95% of other courses where the transaction is only about information.


This may not appeal to the more introverted students, so lurking on the Facebook group may be the only thing you'll get value out of.


Is CF Design School Right For Me?

Are you a ClickFunnels customer?



  • Then you should consider it, especially if you are struggling to get your sales funnels to the next level in terms of conversion rates and design.
  • Then CF Design School might not be a good fit, because the course is built around how to use design principles WITHIN ClickFunnels. You will probably need to buy ClickFunnels to get the most out of the course. If you aren't sure about ClickFunnels, you can read our in-depth review here.

Are you wanting to design for yourself, or are you planning on designing websites for other businesses

designing for myself

designing for other businesses

  • Then you can buy the course, but you should ask yourself how many funnels you actually plan on creating, and how competitive your niche is. If you're a local service business, your single ugly sales funnel probably isn't hurting you that much... and you can hire someone to spruce it up for you since you probably don't make adjustments that often. So you wouldn't need this course. BUT if your business is in a niche with savvy internet marketers and lots of sales funnels, then the course will help you stand out among competitors.
  • Buy the course. This will give you the skill set you need to immediately be able to start your own mini web design agency.


Is CF Design School a Scam?

No, it isn't a scam. The founder and creator Kathryn Jones gives her real cell phone number out on her website, they have a very active Facebook community and even have events for their students.

Coaching and Support

There are two types of coaching and support that CF Design School students get (if they want).

1. Internal support

Like mentioned above, there is a ton of support coming from the CF Design School to help you through the course, and to help you convert what you've learned into profit for your business. But...

2. External support

What do you do AFTER CF Design School?

When you sign up for CF Design School through ExpertSumo, and I can help you answer questions about "life after CF Design School". Topics on marketing and sales like how to drive traffic to your page, how to get clients, how to scale yourself into an agency.

When you sign up with ExpertSumo, you get more than just a cash discount. I'll help point you in the right direction with your newfound skills.

So sign up through ExpertSumo by clicking here.

Next Steps

Here are a few directions you can go:

1. Research by yourself without ExpertSumo.

I won't force you to take our $200 bonus. You can see the pricing page (which is not available on the homepage) right here.

2. Sign up for CF Design School through ExpertSumo... if you already have ClickFunnels.

Click the yellow button, and I'll send you the link you need to use in order to get your free $200 scholarship for your purchase.

Click here to get the link to the $200 Funnel Design Scholarship.

3. Sign up for CF Design School through ExpertSumo... but if you don't already have ClickFunnels...

Then you still need to click the yellow button and send me your email to get your $200 cash back scholarship. But when you're done...

Sign up for ClickFunnels through us, because I have a bonus for that too.

Anyone who signs up for ClickFunnels through ExpertSumo gets a bonus of $500 of Facebook ads for them to spend on their business.

To get that link that gets you an extra $500 worth of Facebook ads, go read through our ClickFunnels review, and then submit your email on that page to get the link.

Or, if that all sounds too confusing, you can message me in the chat on the bottom right hand corner and I can send you the special link from there too.

Which brings us to...

4. Ask me questions if you feel stuck or unsure.

CF Design School isn't for everyone. If you still aren't sure if it's a good fit for you, click that little blue chat button in the bottom right corner of your screen.

I get those messages straight to my phone, and I answer visitor questions when I have breaks through the day. I'd love to help you figure things out.

Good luck!

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