What is TEFL certification?

  • A qualification for people who want to teach English abroad
  • TEFL certification means that you’ve successfully completed an accredited TEFL Course
  • It’s proof to schools that you’ve been trained in TEFL

TEFL certification means that you’ve successfully completed an accredited course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

If you want to teach English abroad you’ll normally need TEFL certification – it’s your proof to schools that you’ve been trained in TEFL and will know what to do when faced with a classroom full of students on day 1 of your first TEFL job!

However, it’s worth knowing that TEFL is not the name of a specific qualification or certification. Rather TEFL is a generic term for teaching English language to non-native English speakers. This means it’s important you check what’s actually included in any TEFL course you’re considering – as both a short TEFL taster session and an in-depth TEFL certification programme could be labelled as a TEFL course.

If you want to work as a TEFL teacher around the world, check that you’re booking onto an accredited TEFL certification course that:

  • Lasts a minimum of 120 hours
  • Is delivered by a reputable TEFL provider
  • Is regulated by an official body, such as Ofqual in England
  • Gets good reviews
  • Offers ongoing support with job searches and career development.

Read our article Which TEFL course is right for me? to help find the TEFL certification course that is most suitable for you.

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