how to check if TEFL certificate is valid

 how to check if TEFL certificate is valid

how to check if TEFL certificate is valid
how to check if TEFL certificate is valid

We have lots of TEFL or TESOL or other English teaching certificates providers, but we never know how to check if the TEFL certificate is valid. We want to make sure it's verified so that we can put it inside our CV. 

As we know, a lot of providers are not trusted by big teaching entities. Therefore, before doing a TEFL course, you need to make sure of the value of the certificate.

generally, we have 120-hour, 150-hour, or even more than 150-hour TEFL certification. The idea, this time isn't the time of the courses given to you, but the one an average student would take to finish the course on time. So, it really doesn't matter. What matters is your understanding of the content of the course you're doing. That is what most companies or schools are looking for. They need someone who understands what he or she is doing.

Moreover, you can do these courses online with any training center provider. The question is how to know if this certificate is accredited. That's what I am going to show you now using pictures.

Any TEFL certificate that is verified given by a reputable and recognized teaching body would have a number and/or a QR bar code to scan it by any QR app.

I will show my certificate that I took from London Teacher Training College, OFQUAL regulated, London. It's one of the best teaching certificates after CELTA.

What is OFQUAL?  

OFQUAL meaning is as follows:

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

This is where most certificates given by Cambridge University or others are verified through it.

What is CELTA?

CELTA from Cambridge is a qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. It is the most widely recognized English teaching qualification

OK, now let's proceed with how to verify the validity of a TEFL certificate

to check all certificates that I got

How to verify a TEFL certificate
How to verify a TEFL certificate

  1.    is the watermark on the certificate
  2.   the logo of OFQUAL
  3.   which is most important the Qualification number, certificate number, and training provider
  4.   QR code is used to verify the accredited certificate in teaching English using your mobile phone-- it will directly direct you to the website of the OFQUAL and tells you that the certificate is registered and verified by the OFQUAL

or you can do it manually follow these steps: 

  1.   go to this website:
  2.  write the certification number, mine is 223-00000388-159927-20210614
  3. Click on the search button
How to  verify  a TEFL certificate in OFQUAL
How to  verify  a TEFL certificate in OFQUAL

This is what appears when you click on SEARCH

How to  verify  a valid TEFL certificate in OFQUAL
How to  verify  a valid TEFL certificate in OFQUAL

Some advice:

teachers spend hours to find accreditation to show it for their employers to get their offer and the interview will be completed.

Any company that has practicum, good reviews, higher teaching-level teachers, wants to make sure all teachers do the job right. 

To teach a class well, you may need tools to be professional. First of all, before giving a course, you need to have some experience. What we do at the beginning to determine the students' level is the placement test. Most Chinese companies now are about to be closed as far as I read the news, however, any tutor shall survive by finding legitimate jobs online.

Online education is a bridge to being an independent and qualified student who follows the standards of learning through well-chosen coursework.

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