FAQ: Where can this TESOL/TEFL certificate be used?

The countries, environments, and class types that you could teach in.


After completing the course, you’ll have gained valuable knowledge on how to teach the English language, and will be awarded your 120 hour accredited TESOL/TEFL certificate. But what will this enable you to do, and where can you use it?

Teaching overseas:

This certificate can be used with job applications for teaching English overseas around the world – Asia, Europe, South America, North America.

Our accredited certificates are approved by the Chinese government for use with their work visa.

You can use the certificate with job applications in any country to show employers that you have completed a thorough and accredited course covering the skills for teaching English to non-native students.

Aside from using your certificate to show employers that you have completed an accredited training course, it can also be used towards work visa applications in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and others.

Countries such as China, Vietnam, and Taiwan etc. will often require new English teachers to have a TESOL/TEFL certificate as part of their work visa application. If you don’t have 2 years of verifiable teaching experience, your TESOL/TEFL certificate lets the government know that you have earned a qualification in teaching this subject.

However, you should keep in mind that each country has its own requirements governing who can or can’t visit/work there. The certificate itself can be used around the world, though where you can personally teach might depend on other factors – including if you have a clean health record, a clean criminal record, if you’re under retirement age, or if you have any additional qualifications.

Some countries, such as China and Vietnam, only accept teaching certificates that have been authenticated by the local government. Many TESOL/TEFL can’t pass through government authentication, but at World TESOL Academy our accredited teaching certificates are guaranteed to pass Chinese and Vietnamese  authentication – two of the most strict processes for certificate verification.

For more information and sample authenticated certificates you can view this guide here: How to authenticate your certificate.

Teaching online:

This certificate can also be used with job applications for teaching English online at all of the major online teaching companies. This includes popular platforms such as iTutorGroup, VIP Kid, DaDa, Palfish, Magic Ears, Cambly, and more.

The course contains a module that explains how to teach English online, so you will also learn how to do this type of teaching. The certificate itself displays your full name, unique certificate number, completion date, and course/accreditation information.

Having a unique certificate number is especially important when it comes to online teaching companies as it lets the companies verify that you have a legitimate qualification.

For more information on having online employers verify your certificate, you can refer to this guide on our help desk: How online employers can verify your certificate.

Teaching at home:

It could also be an option to teach in your home country without going overseas or going online.

If you already have a teaching license or comparable qualification, this could be a good addition to your resume to help you teach a wider range of classes.

If you don’t already have a teaching license, it might be difficult to secure work in the public school system in your home country, but it could be possible to teach at private language classes, and to do private tutoring.

If you live in a country that uses English as a native language already, then there could be opportunities to teach overseas exchange students, recent immigrants, overseas workers, and at summer language camps.

If you live in a country that doesn’t have English as a native language, but you have strong English language skills, then you could potentially teach at language classes or offer your services through private language tuition with school/university students and even with adults learning English for work purposes.

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Upon completion of the course you’ll be awarded your digital PDF certificate.

Physical copies of your certificate can be requested and shipped if you later wish. Shipping fees depend on the destination, for more details please contact us with your address/postcode.

Some countries require documents to be authenticated as true and original copies in order to use them with visa applications. These can include in Vietnam and China. It’s a process designed to ensure that teachers hold genuine qualification certificates, and not copies or fakes.

To authenticate your TEFL certificate you can use the Hague Apostille service here.

We have tutors available to chat with if you need any help, and we reply to emails soon after if we’re not online when you need help.

Your certificate will display your name, date of completion, course details, accreditation details, and your unique certificate ID number – which can be used to verify the authenticity of your certificate.