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What is a TEFL Certificate?

A TEFL Certificate, often commonly referred to as your TEFL Certification, is the documentation you will receive that proves that you have successfully complete an accredited TEFL Course through an established firm. If you’re new to the world of TEFL, T E F L stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

With a TEFL Certificate you’ll be able to teach English to non-native speakers, both abroad and online.

How do I get a TEFL Certificate?

To become TEFL certified, you first need to complete a TEFL Course through an accredited TEFL provider. At i-to-i, we provide a Level 3 TEFL Course and a number of Level 5 TEFL Courses, depending on the level of knowledge you wish to acquire and what you want to do with your TEFL Certificate. And, just an FYI, we are fully regulated by Ofqual and accredited by the ODLQC… so you’re in safe hands and you can be sure that a TEFL Certificate from us will be accepted and recognised by employers around the world!

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Who can get a TEFL Certificate?

You don’t have to already be a teacher, have teaching experience, or have a degree to get your TEFL certificate. Anyone who is fluent in speaking English can get TEFL certified. All you need to do is choose which Level best suits your needs, and get started! If you’re looking to get volunteer teaching positions abroad, we would recommend a Level 3 course. If you’re looking to make more of a career out of TEFL and you want to teach in competitive locations and earn a great wage, a Level 5 TEFL Diploma is the perfect solution for you.

The only restriction is that you need to be over 18 to complete a TEFL Course. This is because when you come to apply for TEFL teaching jobs, they will likely specify that they are looking for candidates over 18 years old. But, don’t worry, there is absolutely no maximum age limit to TEFLing. So, once you hit 18 you can TEFL for life!

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What jobs can I get with a TEFL Certificate?

With a TEFL certificate you’ll be able to find jobs teaching English as a foreign language. All you have to decide is whether you’d prefer to teach online or in a classroom abroad!

Fancy being your own boss, setting your hours, and working at a time and place that fits around your busy schedule? Then teaching English online is for you.

Ready to explore the world, soak in new cultures and discover places you’ve never seen before… while getting paid at the same time? Then teaching English abroad is right up your street.

What can I do with a TEFL Certificate?

See the World

There are so many amazing places in the world that are just waiting to be explored. There’s a whole world of colours, smells, sounds and experiences out there: from firecrackers echoing in the streets of Beijing at Chinese New Year, to the smell of some amazing street food at the Thai markets. Teaching English abroad is a great way to see the world whilst getting paid. Thailand, Ecuador, Indonesia, Czech Republic…the list is endless! And wherever you want to go, a TEFL Certificate is your ticket there.

Challenge Yourself

Have you ever looked around you and thought ‘Is this it… Really?’ Well, it might be time to do something a bit more challenging with your life. Doing something more stimulating than staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day could be tempting, no?

Moving abroad is not without it’s challenges. I mean, when you live overseas, even going to the supermarket can be an exciting foray into the unknown! BUT, try it and you’ll find yourself working out bits of your brain you didn’t even know you had. And you’ll be really proud of yourself and feel a daily sense of achievement! Remember: “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” (Quote: Helen Keller)

Make a Difference

You can really make a difference to your student’s lives, as for some people it can really be the difference between a successful career in international business, or a frustrating life in regional bureaucracy. You could also be helping people to achieve their dreams of moving abroad or giving them the opportunity to further their education in international universities. What could be more rewarding?

Enhance Your CV

A gap year of lazing on a beach and sampling the latest selection of cocktails isn’t going to make you more employable. But a stint teaching English abroad really will. While you’re teaching you’ll be gaining some really useful skills, leadership, communication, and organisation to name a few, which are transferable to any job and really impress future employers. So, no matter what career path you go down after TEFL, you’ll have an impressive CV/resume which will make you stand out from the crowd.

Ready to get your TEFL certificate? We can help! Check out our TEFL courses brochure or take our quick 2 minute quiz to see which one is your perfect match!

Want to speak to someone first? No problem! Arrange for a free call back and one of our friendly TEFL experts will be in touch ASAP to help you out.

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