FAQ

Yes, We would happily reprint a certificate if something happens to your original. We would need to change the certificate number, but we will update the system as well. We would charge a small handling and shipping fee for this, depending on where you want the certificate sent to.

Yes, You can teach online with a TEFL Certificate. There are many online companies to start teaching with and more are appearing each day. Have a look at our resources page form some Online Teaching Companies.

Yes, Unlike some other TEFL companies One TEFL will send you a hard copy by default, One TEFL graduation papers (Certificate, Marksheet & Reference Letter) are sent to you anywhere in the world. (Please note a shipping fee may apply for some countries.)

The Certificate and related papers are printed on high quality paper with holographic certificate number and sent in a sturdy hardback envelope to any location in the world once you have completed the course.

Nope, never. Just like any other professional certification, it lasts a lifetime.

If, after graduation, you lose your certificate then we are able to issue a replacement. (There is a small handling fee for this.)

Salaries for TEFL teachers vary hugely depending on which country you are teaching in and how much experience you have, along with your qualifications.

It is possible to earn between $39,000 (£25,000) to $60,000 (£38,000) as a TEFL teacher, although if you are looking for your first TEFL job you should expect to earn $22,000 (£14,000) to $39,000 (£25,000).

You should also keep in mind that the cost of living in many countries is much lower than in the Europe or The USA. A teachers rate can also depend greatly on the need of teachers in that area. The salary in Spain and Thailand are lower than the salaries in Vietnam for example as more teachers would prefer to live in Spain and Thailand.

It’s certainly true that most people start off by working as a TEFL teach overseas. But there are many other possibilities. You could work in a private language school or you might work in anything from a primary to a high school.

If you don’t fancy the idea of moving you could always teach online from the comfort of your own home.

Many TEFL teachers work by teaching in companies, in nurseries or kindergartens, or even in higher education colleges and universities. Although to do so you would probably need a few years’ experience first.

If you don’t fancy being a teacher, you could also become a language teacher’s teaching assistant in a public school (state school) or in some big chains of language schools.

It is completely up to you and how much time you have to study. There is no end date for you course or deadlines for each module. Therefore, you can study at a pace that suits you. If you are taking the course full time with no other commitments you could complete the course in as little as 1-3 weeks. Or if you are working full time it might take you up to a year.
The average students takes around one month to 6 weeks to complete the course.

No, you do not need to learn a foreign language to teach abroad. There are some exceptions depending on the type of school you want to teach and the country, you need to speak Spanish to teach in Spanish public schools for example, but you don’t need to know the language to teach at a language centre.
Most schools will actually ask you not to speak the local language in class, However, students to find it entertaining that you know a word or two.
Outside of the classroom it is best to adapt into the culture that you are living and life will be a lot easier for you if you can get along with the locals. And a lot of schools will offer free language lessons. We have posted a few links on the resources page to where you can start learning the language before you leave.

Resources

You can use either, but you must be consistent.
Most countries outside of Europe will teach from American English books, so it is best to be aware of the differences.

No. Some of the best teachers that I have met throughout my career have been Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNEST).

You do not need any qualifications to start a TEFL course. We would advise you to check what qualification are needed in the countries you would intend on teaching tho.

The qualifications needed to become a TEFL teacher vary between different countries. In some countries you don’t need any qualifications at all and in others you do.

In many countries though, you will need a degree and a TEFL certificate. Additionally in some countries there is no official requirement for a specific qualification but in practice a TEFL certificate is almost always required to get a job.

We suggest that you check the requirements for the specific country that you plan to work in.

As soon as you have passed your course you will be issued a certificate that contains a unique certificate number on an holographic circle on your certificate.
You can use this number to check the status of your qualification under out verification page here:

Verification

Again, in short no. But we would advise suspicion against any one who does. Any company that can guarantee a job after your course will be getting paid by the company that you’ll go to work for and they will take that charge out of your salary.
We will give you the best places to find a job in any given area and write letters of recommendations for you, giving you the best change of securing the best job for you.

In short, no. But there is no real thing. There is no real TEFL accreditation centre that solely focuses on the quality of the course. There are certificates that claim to have accreditation but these are credited from for profit companies. We could get credited simply by paying $1500 per year, but we would need to move that change on to you, so our fees would be higher.
As soon as there is a government accreditation we will apply, but until then. We will keep the costs low to benefit you.
For now, you should be cautious of TEFL Companies that claim to be accredited as it may be likely that they have set up a accreditation website themselves. We do offer certificate verification on our website (scroll down for more information on verification), rest assure that teachers around the world are currently using Their One TEFL Certificate.

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