Choosing a TESOL course

Before enrolling in a TESOL course, check that it meets NEAS requirements. It helps to make sure you will have the option of working in NEAS endorsed ELT centres once you complete the course, by confirming your course meets NEAS requirements BEFORE you enrol.

If in doubt, check details with the provider before enrolling.

  • Does the course include at least 100 face-to-face contact hours, or the equivalent in online or distance modes?
  • Ask if it is TESOL focused. For instance, the inclusion of a single TESOL unit in a general qualification does not make it a TESOL qualification.
  • Does it include at least six hours actual teaching practice, as distinct from “practical experience” in which you observe other teachers?
  • Is the teaching practice supervised and assessed by a qualified teacher in a classroom setting?
  • Is the teaching practice face-to-face with learners of English? For instance, activities such as “peer” teaching of fellow students or Skype instruction are not sufficient.
  • An Australian TESOL qualification must be a Certificate IV or above on the Australian Qualifications Framework. NEAS recognises courses such as CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL under equivalency and recognition arrangements between national qualification frameworks.
  • Are the qualification and the education provider government registered?
    • Check the provider’s website to see if the qualification has state and/or national government recognition in that country – as distinct from recognition by a professional or other organisation.
    • Australia – Look for the Australian Qualifications Frameworkand Nationally Recognised Training
    • UK – Check whether the qualification is listed on the OfqualRegister of Regulated Qualifications.


  • NEAS does not recognise the term “internationally recognised”.


For a list of ELT Qualification providers Endorsed by NEAS, click here.