How do you find a TEFL Course you can trust?
Finding a TEFL course you can trust can be challenging but here are some tips that should help you distinguish a quality course from a disreputable one.
The TEFL course should be Accredited
A good course should be accredited by an independent and academically rigorous organisation.
TEFL Accreditation essentially means that an organisation higher than the school you attend approves, regulates, inspects and ensures that a high standard of training is maintained. It is your quality assurance guarantee. Many academies say they are accredited but if you check the fine print you’ll often they monitor their own standards.
Our accreditation body is IATQuO. IATQuO was started by one of the most well known people in the TEFL industry. Dr Moller is a retired British Council Officer, a current full time Chief Examiner for Trinity College and the 2003 Chair of Examiners for the London Tests of English.
IATQuO stands for the International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organsations. IATQuO it is deeply respected for its ethics as an independent body and its scrutiny of quality. IATQuO recently gave TtMadrid a score of 24 out of a possible 25. This is considered exceptional and we work had everyday to try and make our score even better. Our TEFL certificate is recognised internationally and our graduates have worked and are working all around the world. Click on the following links to find out more about accreditation and IATQuO.
- The International Accreditation of TEASOL Qualifying Organisations (IATQuO)
- Our accrediting body page
Dr Moller, or one of his representatives, comes to Spain to visit our school at the end of every single course we run. They spend time with our trainees getting feedback on the course, they check the quality of our materials and resources and ensure that our assessment is fair and in accordance with industry standards. In addition to this Dr Moller himself visits our school at least three times a year to spend a period of no less than three days assessing the entire school. He checks every single handout and lesson we give, he observes us teaching to ensure the quality of the tuition is of the highest standards and he comprehensively interviews everyone on our course. At the end of this rigorous process he writes a very detailed report on the schools performance. Our last score out of 25 was 22. This is considered an exceptional mark and one we are incredibly proud of. Saying that, we’re not resting on our laurels, our aim will always be to get a perfect score.
Membership does not equal Accreditation
There are a lot of academies that say they are accredited. However, when you do the research you’ll sometimes discover that they are just members of international organisations. To get into these organisations all they have to do is pay a yearly membership which is sometimes as little as $20 a year. As you can imagine – $20 doesn’t go far if you want someone to independently and thoroughly monitor the quality of your course. Doing an unaccredited course will compromise your ability to get work.