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TESL Canada was set up in the 1990’s to raise the standards of the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry in Canada. Today, TESL Canada is the leading accrediting organization in Canada for TESOL / TESL / TEFL training and one of the most highly recognized accrediting organizations in the world. 

You can use your TESL Canada certification to teach English in Canada and other Native English-speaking countries, teach English online, or go abroad with an internationally recognized credential.

TESL Canada


Canadian Language Schools: The minimum requirement for a teaching job at a Canadian language school is TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 certification.

International Jobs: The minimum requirement for international ESL teaching jobs is a BA degree in any area and an accredited 120-hour TESOL / TEFL / TESL certification. Government authentication of TESOL / TEFL / TESL certification is required to obtain the work permit in many countries. Global Affairs Canada authenticates certificates issued by course providers on the list of approved TESL Canada programs. Furthermore, TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 is equivalent to CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL because it requires 120 hours of training and a Practicum module, so schools worldwide accept TESL Canada-approved courses at the highest level.

LINC, University or College, IELTS Teaching Jobs:  Your TESL Canada certification will give you the credentials you need to pursue the best ESL teaching positions in Canada and abroad.


  • New ESL teachers: Complete an accredited TESL Canada course and you will never have to complete another 120-hour TESOL / TEFL / TESL / CELTA course again! A TESL Canada Standard 1 program is equivalent to CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL worldwide and valid for teaching jobs abroad, online, and in Canada or the United States.
  • Experienced ESL teachers: Upgrade your credentials and pursue greater career opportunities! Study online and save on the Practicum fee by completing it at the school you work at.
  • Experienced Canadian teachers returning from teaching abroad: Get the credentials you need to teach English in Canada. You can start the program online and finish while you fulfill your contract abroad. You may also complete the Practicum abroad if the supervising teacher and classes meet the requirements.
  • Canadian ESL teachers going abroad: Get the training and credentials you need to teach English in Canada and abroad. Go abroad with an accredited online TESOL / TEFL certification course offered by OnTESOL and complete the Practicum when you want to become eligible for TESL Canada accreditation! There isn’t a deadline to complete the Practicum, so you can take it before leaving, while teaching abroad, or after returning home.




The online 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate program offered by Coventry House International-OnTESOL is recognized by TESL Canada for their Professional Standard 1 accreditation on completion of a separate 20-hour Practicum. This accredited 120-hour course is also included in the 168-hour Hybrid TEFL Certificate program offered by OnTESOL, which includes the additional live workshops via Zoom and 3 specialists to prepare you to teach English abroad and online.


The online 250-hour TESOL Diploma program offered by Coventry House International is recognized by TESL Canada for their Professional Standard 2 accreditation on completion of a separate 50-hour Practicum. This accredited 250-hour program is recommended for experienced ESL teachers looking for adult ESL teaching positions in Canada that require TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification.


Upon successful completion of all exams, tasks, and assignments, you will receive a certificate awarded by Coventry House International-OnTESOL. Candidates interested in receiving TESL Canada certification must complete the following requirements:

  • Minimum age: 21
  • University degree: Students without a university degree can still enroll in the 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate or the 168-hour Hybrid TEFL Certificate program and receive the certificate awarded by Coventry House International-OnTESOL upon successful completion of the program, but they are informed that they need to complete an undergraduate degree from Canada or its equivalency before applying for TESL Canada certification. Candidates who completed their degree outside Canada can enroll in a TESL Canada recognized program, but they are informed that they must obtain the Canadian equivalency document before applying for TESL Canada accreditation.
  • Candidates must have an awareness of spoken language and competence in English, both written and spoken that enables them to follow the course.
  • Non-native speakers who have not completed a university degree in an English speaking country are eligible to take the Advanced TESOL Certificate, 168-hour Hybrid TEFL Certificate, or TESOL Diploma program, but they are informed that they must obtain a valid English Proficiency Score.  From October 1st, 2015 onward TESL Canada will accept only IELTS Academic (Overall 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area) and TOEFL iBT (Overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking  and 27 in Writing).
  • The Practicum MUST be completed to be eligible for TESL Canada accreditation.

3 Reasons to Choose an Accredited TESL Canada Certification:

Accredited TESL Canada Institutes Offer the Highest Industry Standards

TESL Canada is the only accrediting body in the world that has set standards for advanced courses, such as the ones offered by Coventry House International-OnTESOL, and master’s degree programs in Education, TESOL, and Linguistics. You can get everything from your initial 120-hour TESOL / TEFL certification to a master’s degree through one of the hundreds of accredited TESL Canada courses.

TESL Canada Exceeds International Job Requirements

TESL Canada is not only for Canadian teachers who want to teach English in Canada. Native speakers and non-native speakers who have a valid proficiency score can use their TESL Canada accreditation to teach English anywhere in the world. TESL Canada exceeds the international standard of a 12-hour teaching practice module offered by CELTA . The minimum TESL Canada accreditation level (Standard 1) requires at least 120 hours of instruction with a 20-hour Practicum.

TESL Canada Offers Flexible and Convenient Options

An accredited TESL Canada course provider such as OnTESOL is perfect for teaching abroad with an internationally recognized credential and having the flexibility to upgrade your TESL Canada certification in stages. There isn’t a deadline to complete the Practicum module, so you can get certified to go abroad with an accredited online TESOL / TEFL course and complete the Practicum anywhere in the world when you are ready for your TESL Canada accreditation. However, if you take a TESOL / TEFL / TESL course that isn’t recognized by TESL Canada and you plan to continue your teaching career in Canada, you will need to study from the beginning and spend hundreds of dollars again with an accredited TESL Canada course provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TESL Canada?

TESL Canada is the national accrediting body for TESOL, TEFL, and TESL courses in Canada. They are an externally accrediting organization that sets the standards for English teacher training and certification. They recognize teacher training programs offered by colleges, universities, languages schools, and major institutes such as Coventry House International – OnTESOL.

Is TESL Canada accepted worldwide?

Yes, TESL Canada is accepted everywhere in the world. You can use your TESL Canada certificate to teach English in a foreign country or at home. If your plan is to teach English abroad and have an internationally recognized credential to continue your career when you return home, then TESL Canada is perfect for you!

Is TESL Canada accreditation only for Canadians?

TESL Canada accreditation is not only for Canadians! Native speakers from Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are eligible for TESL Canada accreditation. Non-native English speakers must obtain a valid proficiency score (TOEFL or IELTS) before applying for TESL Canada accreditation.

How does TESL Canada compare with CELTA?

A 120-hour TESOL certificate course that is recognized by TESL Canada for their Standard 1 certification is academically equivalent to the 120-hour CELTA certification course. A 250-hour TESOL Diploma program that is recognized by TESL Canada for their Standard 2 certification provides more training than a CELTA course in all areas of grammar, phonology, and methodology.

Do I need TESL Canada Standard 1 before pursuing TESL Canada Standard 2?

No, you don’t need to get TESL Canada Standard 1 to pursue Standard 2 certification. You can get the best level of training from the beginning to be better prepared for career advancement opportunities.

Is there a deadline to complete the practicum?

There isn’t a deadline to complete the separate Practicum module. You can take the online course and receive the TESOL / TEFL certificate issued by Coventry House International-OnTESOL. When you complete the Practicum, we will issue a new certificate with Practicum. You can take the Practicum in Canada or abroad.

Does the TESL Canada certificate ever expire?

No, your TESL Canada certificate will never expire. Accredited course providers must renew their accreditation every 5 years. Even if the course is not offered any more because the institute goes out business or gets the accreditation removed, your TESL Canada certificate will remain valid.

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