TESL Canada Membership

Just a reminder that all ATESL, TESL SK, TEAM, TESL NB, TESL NS, and TESL NL members are automatically TESL Canada members and that a portion of your provincial association membership fee ($16/member) also gives you a TESL Canada membership.

In addition, please note that TESL Canada is the only national certification endorsed by these provincial affiliates. You can find out more about TESL Canada certification here: https://tesl.ca/certification/tesl-canada-professional-certification.html

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Click on the links below to download printable forms in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Reader, please download it here.

Certification Forms

TESL Canada Professional Certification

TESL Canada National Certification Standards for Instructors of English as a Second Language or Foreign Language in Adult Programs were developed for instructors trained in Canada. TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards represent a teacher-driven initiative to create basic, minimum national standards.

Canada Professional Certification Directory

The Certification Directory is currently under construction. Once completed, it will list the names and Levels/Standards of ESL professionals certified by TESL Canada who have voluntarily opted to have their information included. The Certification Directory does not include all certified individuals.

PLAR – Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Applicants whose training was completed at an institution not on our list of recognized teacher training program can apply to TESL Canada for certification. You will not be eligible under our regular certification scheme because your training is not from a recognized program, but will be recommended to PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition).


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