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.

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).

IMPORTANT: Please note delivery services such as Purolator, FedEx, etc., do not deliver to post office boxes. Do not send your documents by courier. Canada Post Express is a viable option. If you still require courier service, you must contact TESL Canada prior to sending. Thank you.


Electronic transcripts are accepted by TESL Canada. Please have your institution e-mail the transcript to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professional Certification Forms


Certification FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding TESL Canada Professional Certification

English Language Proficiency Scores



IELTS resumes testing: TESL Canada has received notification that the IELTS testing centers have re-opened in Canada. Their message included the following information:

Dear Colleagues, Our priority is to always ensure the safety and well-being of our test takers and employees whilst also trying to minimise disruption to life-changing opportunities for international higher education and migration for test takers, by following the instructions from authorities and managing our activities according to official guidelines for Covid-19. We are grateful for your patience and understanding.

TESL Canada has extended the acceptance of the online IELTS Indicator until the end of 2020 even though centres are open in some places.


Important: At this point in time, the online test (IELTS indicator) will be accepted by TESL Canada for proof of English Language Proficiency until IELTS centres reopen in Canada. 

Important: From October 1st, 2015 onwards TESL Canada will accept only IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT. TESL Canada only accepts valid official scores. Any ELP test result provided must be current (scores completed more than two calendar years prior will not be accepted).


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