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.

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Required Documents


The TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards are based on level of education, TESL training, teaching experience and positive performance reviews.  The following chart indicates the requirements for each Standard.You can use this chart to determine which standard to apply for based on your TESL training education hours. For detailed information, please see Certification Standards Descriptors.

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English Language Proficiency Scores

Important: From October 1st, 2015 onwards TESL Canada will accept only IELTS Academic and TOEFL iBT.

Scores from TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic must be less than 2 years old at the time of your certification application

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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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