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Subject: TEFL school
Category: Reference, Education and News > Teaching and Research
Asked by: gregordunn-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 13 Apr 2006 02:01 PDT
Expires: 13 May 2006 02:01 PDT
Question ID: 718444
How do I get accredited for my TEFL school?  I have a TEFL school and
I am not sure what Accredited means.  Maybe I am already accredited.

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 13 Apr 2006 02:28 PDT
Dear gregordunn-ga,

I have looked at a number of schools which are involved in TEFL and
they generally seem to be accredited by, or members of, the Open and
Distance Learning Quality Council and The Association of British
Language Schools.

Have a look at these web sites which will provide you with detailed
information as to what they do and how you can apply for

Open and Distance Learning Quality Council 
?What Accreditation Will Do For You
    * The benefits
          o The Quality Mark
          o Quality Assurance
          o Internet Publicity
          o Publicity
          o Media coverage
          o New Business
          o Indepependent Arbitration?

The Association of British Language Schools (ABLS)

I presume your school does not award degrees, but if so, then
registration is required. See this page for additional information.

Let me know whether this is indeed the accreditation if you are
referring to and I shall post this as answer. If it is not, can you
give me a little more information on the type of accreditation you are


Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 13 Apr 2006 02:33 PDT
Dear gregordunn-ga,
I have looked again at the The Association of British Language
Schools, and I must admit I am not very impressed by their list of
members. Not very long considering the number of schools there must be
in the UK. I shall let you assess that yourself.

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 13 Apr 2006 02:38 PDT
You will find the British Council web site has information on accreditation.
"Accreditation UK, run by the British Council and English UK, is the
quality assurance scheme for the UK ELT sector.

We regularly inspect organisations in the UK offering courses in
English as a foreign language.  If they meet agreed high standards of
quality they are accredited by the British Council."

Sorry that this research has been presented in this 'bitty' way.

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 13 Apr 2006 04:30 PDT
Dear Gregordunn, 

What kind of school do you run (a distance learning one, as
Answerfinder has mentioned)? In which country? What certificates do
you grant?

Clarification of Question by gregordunn-ga on 18 Apr 2006 21:05 PDT
This is a TEFL school, we are in China, and award a TEFL certificate. 
I am not sure about these organizations being they are all in the UK. 
Do I need them to accredit me?

Clarification of Question by gregordunn-ga on 18 Apr 2006 21:28 PDT
this is good, but I am in china, do I need the UK organization?  Is
there an American one?  Or what qualifications do you need to start an
american accredidation?
Subject: Re: TEFL school
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 19 Apr 2006 02:47 PDT
Dear Gregor Dunn, 

"Accreditation" means that a recognised professional body has given
you a seal of approvement, stating that your school maintains certain
standards and has met specific requirements. There is a problem,
however, with the accreditation of international TEFL schools.
Accreditation is important because of:
- Your students' job prospects once they graduate (in other words:
marketing the school to prospective students);
- In some countries it has impact on the chances of foreign students
to get a student's visa to study at your school, etc.

There is no central accreditation body used by all schools and in many
cases, this is an open field. The only body remotely close to such
definition is the British Council (as already mentioned by
answerfinder, <>).
Moreover, a school located in China cannot usually seek accreditation
offered, for example, to schools located in the US.

However, there are two widely accepted certification systems for
Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language:
- Cambridge System (CELTA, DELTA). 
- Trinity College system 

A third programme, an American one, is offered by SIT (School for
International Training).

While these are not "accreditations" per se, there are perhaps more
improtant. As these two are the most well known certificates
worldwide, and as a student/customer, I would have looked, first of
all, for a school that offers these certificates.

In addition, and in relevance to the loaction of the school, I'd say
that a school in China should be, first and foremost, accredited by
the Chinese authorities. The American accreditation authorities won't
(and cannot) inspect your school: American accreditation is for
schools in the US.

Check your status with the Chinese authorities here: 
Chinese Ministry of Education

Except for that, there are several other systems of accreditation, as
mentioned by answerfinder-ga. You can read a bit of critique on these
other accreditation programmes here:

TESL Accrediting Bodies - No! / Free ESL Blogs

To become a Cambridge Exam Centre: 
Applying to become a centre - Overview
"Institutions applying to run courses need to have been operating as a
language centre for at least two years and must have local

To become a SIT training programme: 
Become an SIT Trainer: Information for Prospective Trainers

Other programmes: 

College of Teachers Accreditation 

American (US) Accreditation Organisations 
<> - they are
working only with US schools, but might be able to help you.

I have also checked what is the accreditation of other TEFL schools in
China, claiming to be "accredited":

Boland School
is accredited by: 

The TEFL Board

The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Truth to be told, I don't see that the IATEFL grants accreditation,
and the TEFL Board accreditation is not widely recognised.

Bridge LinguaeTech
claism accreditation from ACCET - but ACCET <>
states that it grants accreditation only to schools in the US, not to
the Chinese branch. It is approved as a Cambridge centre, though.

English First
<> is accredited by Trinity. 

American TESOL Institue
claims accreditation from the American Association For International
English Proficiency. <> This organisation, too, is
not widely recognised.

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
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