What is the difference between the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity CertTESOL?


If you have ever considered becoming a qualified English as a foreign language teacher you will have likely seen various TEFL and TESOL courses on offer and perhaps become confused by which course is the best option for you.


If you delve deeper into your research, you will discover that around 75% of job adverts request either the Cambridge CELTA or the Trinity CertTESOL. This is because employers regard these internationally-recognised courses as high-quality teacher training courses which prepare graduates very well for stepping into any online or offline classroom. Having a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL certificate is one of the best ways you can get started in TEFL and improve your chances of finding some of the best positions out there. In fact, our careers advisor states that:

“Our graduates regularly receive a higher hourly rate than those who have taken courses which are not accredited by Trinity or Cambridge.”

Although very similar, we have put together a table of comparisons so that you can see more clearly how the online/ face to face Cambridge CELTA compares to the Trinity CertTESOL course.

Questions:Trinity Cert.TESOL Cambridge Celta
Is the certificate internationally recognized?YesYes
Who is it accredited by?Trinity College LondonCambridge English Language Assessment
How long is the course?Various options availableVarious options available
How many contact hours are required?120-134 hours120-134 hours
Do I need to be a native speaker to join the course?NoNo
What is the minimum level of English required?C1.2C1.2
What classes will I be trained to teach?Adults and young learnersAdults and young learners
How many observed hours will I teach?6 minimum6 minimum
How will I be assessed?Observed teaching, projects, grammar examObserved teaching, four assignments
What are the components of the course?Unit 1: Teaching SkillsUnit 1: Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
Unit 2: Language AwarenessUnit 2: Language Analysis and awareness
Unit 3: The Learner ProfileUnit 3: Language Skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Unit 4: The Materials Assignment (assessed by a Trinity Moderator)Unit 4: Planning and resources for different contexts
Unit 5: Unknown Language (5-50 minute lessons)Unit 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism
What are the entry requirements?To take a Cert. TESOL you should:To take a Celta applicants should:
Be aged 18+Be aged 18+
Have a university degree or a standard of education equivalent to that which is required for higher educationHave a university degree or a standard of education equivalent to that which is required for higher education
Have a good level of language awareness and spoken and written EnglishHave a good level of language awareness and spoken and written English
How much is the course?Course prices vary.Course prices vary.

In addition to the above, in both cases, trainers hold at least Trinity DipTESOL /Cambridge DELTA qualification and are qualified to train TEFL teachers, as well as teach English. They offer expertise in the world of TESOL/TEFL, as well as support and experience.

You can be sure that whichever course you choose, you will be taking the right step towards a rewarding career teaching English anywhere in the world.

If you would like to take the next step to becoming a qualified English as a foreign language teacher, you may be inetersted ot know that we can now offer the CELTA course 100% online. Find out what our graduates say about the course here, here and here and watch our FAQs video here.

Wherever you are in the world, you can now gain your qualification and train with the world’s most popular online CELTA course provider. Find out more about our 4-week or 14-week 100% Online CELTA course or get in touch to find out more.

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