Why should you get an accredited TEFL certificate from Trinity?

Our TEFL Certificate and Diploma courses are accredited and externally moderated by Trinity College London, their quality is recognized by the British Council and employers worldwide.

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You don’t have to take our word for it, watch the playlist below and hear what the Directors of Studies at Tea or Coffee English, The Language Family and Get English have to say.

Below are just a few examples of job adverts around the world from tefljobs.com, all of which require the Trinity CertTESOL.

Why is accreditation important?

Even if you are not sure that teaching is a career move for you, or perhaps you simply want the experience of studying abroad, choosing the right TEFL course is essential. By taking the Trinity CertTESOL, future employers will know that you dedicated yourself to a worthwhile training program. You learn valuable personal and professional skills which you can take into any workplace. If you plan to travel at any time in the future, you will know that your Trinity CertTESOL certificate will be accepted and you will be able to work as an English teacher.

What are the advantages of a Trinity-accredited course?

The Trinity CertTESOL and Trinity DipTESOL are independently moderated by Trinity representatives. This means that the quality of the training you’ll receive meets the highest of standards – wherever in the world you do your course. As a result, over the years, the Trinity stamp of approval has come to be trusted by TEFL employers everywhere. This has also led to the CertTESOL being accepted by the British Council as an initial TESOL or TEFL qualification, and the Dip TESOL as a full TEFL Qualifying qualification, for teachers in its accredited teaching organizations in the UK and in its own teaching operations overseas. The Cert TESOL also gains you credits towards degree programs offered by the Open University in the UK, while the Dip TESOL gives the holder credits towards MA-type level 7 qualifications (read more).

Why is it important that your TEFL certificate is recognized by the British Council?

The British Council is an international organization that works towards building learning opportunities and lasting cultural relationships between the UK and countries around the world. The British Council runs accredited English language schools in over 100 countries, employing English language teachers in a respectable working environment with fair pay and conditions. The Trinity CertTESOL (along with the Cambridge Celta) is one of only two TEFL qualifications that is listed by the British Council as an acceptable introductory teaching qualification that meets their standards and requirements. This means that institutions associated with the British Council prefer to employ those with the Trinity CertTESOL or the Cambridge Celta, therefore will lead to greater job opportunites.

Why Trinity and not CELTA?

We have chosen to provide the Trinity-accredited courses because the course includes reference to teaching children (something which many of our graduates will go on to do). The Trinity philosophy is a little more attractive in our view; there is a strong emphasis on the importance of teaching spoken English, and an emphasis on practical application in the course assignments. Trinity centres have more scope to interpret and adapt the course within the Trinity framework. Both the Trinity CertTESOL and the Cambridge Celta are of equal weighting and recognition. Click here to see a comparison of both courses.

What about the other TEFL certificates?

An unaccredited course might provide good training, but the reputation of the training centre may well be limited to one city, region or country, and without regular external monitoring standards can vary. Some course providers opt for a middle route; accreditation by an organization such as IATQuo (see comparison here) or the College of Teachers, who provide a more hands-off, low-cost accreditation system. These are not, however, specified in TEFL job ads and are not recognized by the British Council. This form of ‘accreditation’ does not include the presence of a moderator at the end of each course to get feedback from trainee teachers and participate in their assessment. It may simply involve sending a certificate for a fee at the end of the course with no contact with the trainee teacher at all.

For more information about Trinity accreditation, visit the Trinity website and the British Council website.