TEFL courses – Frequently Asked Questions

The acronym TEFL simply stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. There are other acronyms you might have come across as well such as TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) amongst others, but by and large, they are all pretty similar.

TEFL certification will enhance your employment opportunities when applying for English teaching positions. It’s a qualification recognised by most employers around the world, where English is not the native language.

As long as you are 18 years old, fluent English  speaker, possess a good level of education and the enthusiasm to learn something new, you can take one of our courses.

 

Whilst, some employers do have an age restriction, there are schools seeking mature TEFL teachers, particularly private language schools.

Not at all! Your students are required to communicate in English only. It’s an advantage to learn the language for life outside the classroom.

Our courses are delivered completely online. On registration, you will receive a username and password to access our learning platform, which is available 24/7. Once payment has been made, you will have immediate access for 6 months.
All courses require you to complete the online tests – achieving a minimum score of 70% for each test. The final grade is calculated as follows: Grade A = 90% to 100%, Grade B = 80% to 89% and Grade C = 70% to 79%.
It depends on how much time you set aside. Two or three months should be more than enough time to complete the 120 or 150 hour course, although you could complete it easily in less than one month if you dedicate study full-time.  The 40 or 60 hour course can easily be completed in a week. All our courses are available for 6 months.
If you need more time, you can purchase an extension, either before your course expires or within 30 days of expiration. Prices are as follows: the 30 day extension is £19/$25, the 90 day extension is £29/$39 and the 180 day extension is £39/$52. To purchase an extension, please go to https://teflgraduate.com/shop.
You will have access to your course as long as your course has not expired. However, your course will be removed from our platform post completion, provided there has been 60 days or more of inactivity.
To upgrade to a 120 or 150 hour course, please contact info@teflgraduate.com for a special offer.

Your TEFL certificate never expires!  
Once you have submitted your final exam and all assignments have been graded by your Tutor, your online certificate will be available to download immediately. Your certificate will only be available if you have achieved the final pass mark of 70%.
The cost of a Hard copy certificate to be sent to Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand is £20/$27. For the rest of the world, it can only be sent with a DHL courier. The cost is £49/$64. To order a hard copy certificate, please login to your course and place an order in the “Hard Copy” section. Certificates are mailed every Tuesday and Friday. If your course has expired, please email info@teflgraduate.com.
If you have misplaced your certificate, please order a new certificate through your account or at https://teflgraduate.com/shop. The cost of a Hard copy certificate to be sent to Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand is £20/$27. For the rest of the world, it can only be sent with a DHL courier. The cost is £49/$64. If your course has expired, please email info@teflgraduate.com.

What is legalisation and why do I need it?

Once you have been offered a teaching position abroad, you may need a work visa. Depending on the country in which you will be working, you may need to have your TEFL certificate, Degree certificate and a criminal background check (Police Clearance) certificate legalised. Legalisation provides confirmation that your documents are genuine and valid.

This confirmation is called an ‘Apostille’. It is provided in the form of a certificate and embossed seal applied to the document. Once you have that on all the documents required by the government of the country you will be working in, you are ready to apply for your work visa!

How do I go about getting my TEFL certificate and other documents legalised?

FIRST: Find out which documents you need to have legalised.

Enquire with your employer, recruiter, or the consulate of the country in which you will be working as to which documents need to be legalised for your work permit.

Note: documents need to be legalised in the country where they are issued. As TEFL Graduate is a company registered in the UK, and the certificates are issued in the UK, you will need to have your certificate legalised in the UK.

If you are already abroad, you may be able to get everything done through the UK Embassy in the country where you are located, or your employer may be able to arrange legalisation through the Embassy. Please refer to your employer on this or contact the Embassy directly to enquire. (Please note that Embassy assistance is becoming rare, so this advice may change.)

The following pertains to getting your certificate and other documents legalised the UK.

Getting the UK Legalisation Apostille involves a 2-step process:

Step 1: Notarisation – a solicitor or Notary Public certifies that your certificate is genuine.

Step 2: Legalisation  – the notarisation (including notary’s signature) is confirmed as genuine by a government official. This provides further confirmation of the authenticity and validity of your documents. Your documents are then apostilled.

The whole process (step 2) can take 2 to 8 weeks (depending on which Embassy) – so ensure that you factor this in when planning your departure dates.

You have two options:

OPTION 1: Do it yourself. This involves getting your certificate (and your other documents), notarised by a solicitor or Notary Public in the UK. You can google ‘Notary Public near me’ to find the closest Notary Public or refer to your local solicitor. You will then need to take or post your original documents to them for notarisation. The solicitor or Notary Public will make a copy of each document, notarise the copies, and return the originals and notarised copies to you.

Note: Notaries need to verify the authenticity of your TEFL Graduate certificate with TEFL Graduate in order to notarise it. This can be done online at https://teflgraduate.com/certificate-verification/

Once they have returned the notarised documents to you, you would then need to complete the legalisation process through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). (See: www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised)

Note: always make sure you check the most up to date procedures at www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised as processes and requirements can change.

OPTION 2: You can use services of an Apostille or Visa Agency specialising in the full legalisation apostille process. These agencies can be a little more costly, but they offer the simplest, most reliable, and quickest way to get everything done. Estimated cost is £170-£200/$230-$270 per document.

We can recommend the services of The Hague Apostille UK – https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/ or for China we recommend Chinese Visa Direct  – https://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/Both companies offer a third level of confirmation that your documents are genuine and valid. This is called ‘attestation’ and is required by the governments of countries that are not signatories to ‘The Hague Convention’. This includes Vietnam.

ALREADY LIVING OR TEACHING ABROAD?

We recommend the services of the Hague Apostille UK – https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/ or Chinese Visa Direct – https://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/

If you have not yet ordered your hard copy TEFL Graduate certificate, you need to do the following:

Please contact your visa agency to arrange for them to take delivery of your TEFL certificate. Then, on ordering your hard copy, please specify the address of the visa agency as the delivery address – prefixing it with any order or reference no. they provide, and/or name of your contact person. You’d then need to arrange with them to send your legalised certificate to you in your country.

If you already have your certificate, please contact a visa agency directly. Remember to refer them to our online certificate verification facility at https://teflgraduate.com/certificate-verification/.

NON-UK CITIZENS/INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS

You are a citizen of Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or any other country, and you need to have your TEFL Graduate Certificate legalised in the UK, we recommend using a third-party agency in the UK to legalise your TEFL Certificate. We recommend the services of the Hague Apostille – https://www.hagueapostille.co.uk/ or Chinese Visa Direct for China – https://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/.

If you have not yet ordered your hard copy TEFL Graduate certificate, and you wish to get your certificate legalised straight away, you need to do the following:

Please contact a visa agency to arrange for them to take delivery of your certificate. Then, on ordering your hard copy, please specify the address of the visa agency as the delivery address – prefixing it with any order or reference no. provided, and/or the name of your contact person. You’d then need to arrange with them to send your legalised certificate to you.

If you already have your certificate, please contact the visa agency directly. Remember to refer them to our online certificate verification facility at https://teflgraduate.com/certificate-verification/.

(Please note that a UK visa agency will only process your UK issued documents. You will need to get your Degree, Police Clearance certificate and other documents legalised in your country, or the country where they were issued.)

You will need to check with the consulate of the country where you will be working, or your employer, for visa requirements specific to your nationality. You may also be able to get your certificate notarised by a Notary Public in your country, and legalised through the UK Embassy, but again, please check with the Embassy or Notary Public in your country.

If you have not yet secured employment: To save time and the expense of couriering your certificate back to the UK, it may be a good idea to opt for a visa agency for legalisation of your TEFL Graduate certificate, on ordering your certificate.  

Yes we do! Our experienced recruitment team will help you find a teaching position abroad.
You can apply for jobs immediately, Please contact us at jobs@teflgraduate.com to discuss job opportunities.
There is a demand for TEFL teachers in every corner of the world. Please visit our section on Teaching Abroad.
A degree is a requirement for many countries but there are many employers that will hire you without a degree. Here are some fantastic destinations where you can teach English without a degree • Asia – China is the largest employer in the world for TEFL teachers. Other countries to consider in this vast region are India, Burma, Malaysia, Philippines. • South America – This region is booming. Colombia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico are very popular tourist destinations and there is now a huge demand for the local population to learn English • Europe – Providing you have an EU passport or dual nationality, jobs in Europe are plentiful.