How can I know if my TEFL Certificate accreditation is good?
It can be a bit of a minefield working out what an accreditation actually means other than a nice looking logo at the bottom of a certificate, and there are a few things that we can look out for.
The first thing is to see if there is a hyperlink to the website of the accrediting body. Most accrediting bodies will have a legitimate, well-designed website which provides information about who they, how long they’ve been established for, and their primary purpose. If the accrediting body hasn’t existed for very long, doesn’t accredit many programs, and doesn’t have a comprehensive description of their business, then it might not be a widely recognised accreditation.
You might also need to think about whether the ‘too good to be true’ test applies – remember that if something’s ‘too good to be true’, then it probably is. For example, studying solely online, by yourself, without the input of an instructor or tutor, and at a rock-bottom price, is likely not to be a high quality qualification.
Another good sign of a legitimate organisation is a physical address and contact details, and a long history of operation. These are generally speaking, reassuring signs when investing a certificate provider.