International TEFL Academy Class Accreditation

International TEFL Academy proudly uses a state-of-the-art curriculum written by a staff of highly experienced ITA professors for our Online, Chicago, San DiegoCosta Rica & Nicaragua courses.  International TEFL is one of the global leaders in TEFL/TESOL curriculum, and trains over 2,000 students a year.  The curriculum also meets internationally recognized requirements of a minimum of 100 hours of academic work and 6 hours of practicum (student teaching/observation) for a professional level TEFL certification.  The locations listed are all ITA run organizations with the same curriculum and oversight.


The Truth about TESOL / TEFL Course Qualifications   

  • Potential employers seek out teachers who have been trained to a high level.
  • Potential employers seek out teachers whose course has been accredited by an independent accrediting body.
  • There is no single internationally recognized TEFL / TESOL qualification. To address this problem we chose to work with TQUK to gain accreditation to ensure that our TEFL / TESOL certificates are among the most widely recognized anywhere in the world.

Looking for the "straight talk" on what accreditation is all about? 

Read this article, "What is Accreditation for TEFL Certification Really All About?"


Typical International TEFL Academy Students:

  • Are serious about earning a quality TESOL / TEFL Certification.
  • Are seeking the best accreditation from an independent accrediting body.
  • Decide on quality rather than price alone because they realize that they are investing in their education and their future.
  • Understand that a highly qualified, experienced instructor, an exceptional curriculum and excellent accreditation are absolute necessities in TESOL / TEFL Certification training.
  • Want a qualification that is from a course provider recognized throughout the world.
  • Need to be able to successfully apply for any teaching position throughout the world and not just for the company that trained them and not just in volunteer positions!

Know the value of a qualification awarded by an independent accrediting body.


IATQuO - The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations (IATQuO) exists to promote and maintain internationally acceptable standards in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. It wishes to encourage organisations dedicated to professional standards in training teachers for TESOL, wishing to maintain their professional independence and who in many instances may not have substantial financial resources.

To achieve this we provide initial and ongoing external validation/accreditation services to training organisations who request them. We also encourage training organisations to subscribe to our validation services if they do not already subscribe to them, or to any comparable validation or accreditation scheme.

One of the most important reasons for our existence is to help potential trainees, when they come to choose where they want to train as a teacher of English, to distinguish between institutions whose prime concern may not be quality of training and those who are committed to quality.

A second reason is to offer a similar choice to teacher trainers wishing to apply for teacher training jobs.
What is IATQuO?

It is an accreditation organisation for TESOL training centres who subscribe to the aims expressed above and who are prepared to undergo and pay for external scrutiny.

It is secondly a not for profit organisation dedicated to implementing the aims and objectives expressed in the mission statement at the beginning of this website.

The organisation operates solely on the income generated by selling its services and is not financially aided by any single body or institution.

In addition to the ITA run courses, our partner courses in Toulouse France, Prague Czech Republic and Madrid Spain are also accredited by IATQuO.


Other Accreditation

Partnership courses

In addition to the courses listed above the are administered by International TEFL Academy, we partner with  other TEFL courses that are accredited.  We work together to register the students  and provide lifetime job guidance assistance after graduation. Some of these centers are accredited by the College of Teachers, ACCET, ALAP, CELTA, SIT and more.

The College of Teachers is a chartered body with the power to award officially recognized UK qualifications from introductory certificates through to professorships. It has a very long and illustrious 158 year history as a pioneer in education in the UK and overseas despite its diminutive size (such as developing the original UK school exams and investing the first professor of education). 

The College was incorporated by Royal Charter as the College of Preceptors in 1849, and changed its name to the College of Teachers in 1998. The College has the same status to award qualifications through its charter as any university in the UK and as such it does not require validation from any body other than the Privy Council Office.

The College awarding powers from the Royal Charter allows the College to make awards that carry official UK academic dress and post-nominal designations for those achieving Associateship or Fellowship levels.

The College awards professional qualifications which run alongside HE qualifications and can be benchmarked to them. The College qualifications are professional awards which are equivalent to UK academic qualifications (the Fellowship qualification is recognized as being at Master's degree level, for example).

Our courses in Italy (Florence, Sardinia), Hungary, Turkey, Peru are accredited by the College of Teachers.



ACCET was founded in 1974 for the purpose of improving continuing education and training and has been officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a "reliable authority" as to the quality of education and training provided by the institutions we accredit. In 1998, ACCET became the only recognized accrediting agency to be certified as an ISO 9001:2008-Quality Management System, under the international standards established by the International Organization for Standardization, and continues to hold that unique status.

Accreditation serves the interests of companies, agencies, and the public through the establishment of standards, policies, and procedures in conjunction with an objective third-party professional evaluation designed to identify and inspire sound education and training practices. When such a process is matched by an institution's commitment to high standards and accountability, a partnership for quality becomes reality.

Intenational TEFL Academy partner courses in Boston, Argentina, Brazil and Chile are accredited by ACCET.


ALAP, the Barcelona TEFL class is accredited by ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals), a UK based Awarding Organisation.  ALAP is an accrediting organization that specializes in the ELT industry.


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