If you want to be paid to teach English abroad you’ll normally need TEFL or TESOL certification – it’s your proof that you’ve been trained in TESOL and will know what to do when you stand up in front of a class of students on day 1 of your first TESOL job!
However, it’s worth knowing that TESOL is not the name of a specific qualification or certification. Rather TESOL (and, come to that, TEFL) is a generic terms for teaching English to non-native English speakers. This means that it’s important you check what’s actually included in any TESOL course you’re considering as both a short taster course and an in-depth TESOL certification program could be labelled as a TESOL course.
To give yourself the best possible chance of finding paid work around the world as a TESOL teacher, make sure you pick an accredited TESOL certification course that:
Lasts a minimum of 120 hours
Is delivered by a reputable provider
Is regulated by an official body, such as the UK’sOfqual
Gets good reviews
Offers ongoing support with job searches and career development.