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My ITTT TEFL experience ITTT review, submitted by Dan.

My original review was three stars, but having read the comments below, and the reaction from ITTT TEFL, I am please requesting that I confirm this as a two-star review. Thank you. Dan.

I chose to take a teaching English course online because I needed a new direction in my life and didn’t have the available funds to take a TEFL course overseas. Teaching English overseas wasn’t something I knew much about or even thought was possible, so when I read about the ITTT Online TEFL program, I immediately signed up and began my baby steps into the world of teaching. I’d used the internet before but I’d never studied online and I wasn’t sure if it was possible to learn to teach English online. This concern soon subsided when I began the course and started to become familiar with the study format. I’d give the actual course 4 stars because it was educational and I did get a lot out of it.

However, the support wasn’t that forthcoming and I feel this let down the overall ITTT product. I was able to find teaching work pretty easily within a few months of my course finishing, but the whole process would have been a lot swifter and less stressful had I received that support ITTT promised me when I originally signed up.

I’ve been teaching English in Spain (Madrid) now for a couple of years and I love my life here. Contrary to what I read online, it is super easy here to find employment and the pay is reasonable when you consider that you have a lot of free time on your hands. I don’t have a college degree and that turned out not to be a problem for the 2 schools I teach for. The work visa was a bit of a pain at first as I needed to get a few documents apostilled/translated, but besides that, it was no biggie. I recommend teaching English in Spain. Lots of free time. Positive students. Great food. Affordable lifestyle. Spanish isn’t a difficult language to learn.

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My ITTT TEFL experience May 24, 2022 Update:

ITTT – International TEFL and TESOL Training, is still promoting its TEFL courses in Russia – continuing to pay for Google Ads.

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  1. I wouldn’t recommend ITTT TEFL Online at all. They are a greedy company that take your money and give you little in return. Still waiting on my certificate since 4 months of finishing their course. They just don’t seem interested in me anymore. Was a completely different story when I was enrolling. I can’t even get my money refunded now through PayPal as it’s been longer than 6 months. Something which ITTT must be well aware of. I’m going to need to spend more money now on paying a solicitor and taking ITTT through the small claims court. A complete nightmare through and through.

    10/9/2019 update:
    Still waiting on my ittt tefl online certificate.

    Thank you, Mia, for the Quora note, but I’ve started the process of retrieving my money. I spent time researching ITTT TEFL and they operate under various websites. Their foot soldier, Linda, the prolific poster, works for ITTT. She’s only interested in furthering the ITTT TEFL name. Never heard back from her, and I can see no response from her in the comments below. ITTT TEFL should be investigated for business malpractice. Have contacted a solicitor and begun the process of small claims court proceedings. Thank you for your help, but from now on I need to be careful what I write online, as it could affect the outcome of my court case. If only there were more people like you, running honest websites like this, then I wouldn’t have fallen into their spider trap. Oh well. Thanks again, Mia. You are the best! X

    28th October update:
    Finally some excellent progress!!!
    OK. So I totally gave up on receiving any money back from ITTT TEFL. Not even an apology from them. Not to be dissuaded though, I decided to soldier on and enrolled on the tefl online pro International Tefl/Tesol course this evening. I mean WOW! A completely different customer experience. As soon as I had made my purchase, I received an immediate (automated) couple of emails, clearly directing me to my first module. And it looks amazing! Modern. User-friendly. Motivating. Within an hour, I received a personal email from Paul, who is going to be my Personal Tutor. Now I understand why tefl online pro are this year’s Teachers’ Choice Award Winners. So happy I didn’t give up on TEFL, and SO happy I went with tefl online pro. Definitely feels like a 5 Star course. Just simply wonderful! My tefl online pro review!

  2. Hi there Jill.

    Thank you for your comment.

    This is a little concerning as a few days ago we received another comment, by a different student, who also has been experiencing certification issues once completing her ITTT TEFL certification course.

    We would suggest contacting ITTT TEFL through one of their social media channels if you are not able to get through to them on the phone or via email.

    I hope everything turns out ok.

    Mia Williams.

    1. That’s great, Jill, that you didn’t give up on getting your TEFL certification.

      I’m not sure what is going on with ITTT TEFL, but It’s a shame that you never received your certificate, money back, or even an apology. I tried my best to get a hold of them for you, but it was like hitting my head against a brick wall. Perhaps they have staffing issues? I really don’t know. What I do know is that the Linda Dunsmore, who markets ITTT TEFL courses on, works for ITTT TEFL. In my opinion, she represents the company online, and if she can’t simply respond to a request to get a hold of you to see how she can help, then what does this say about ITTT TEFL?

      Take care Jill, and enjoy your teaching English abroad experience!


  3. Hello again Jill.

    We have tried reaching out to ittt tefl in order to make them aware of your predicament. When we received no reply from the school, we tried contacting Linda D*******, to see if she could help us with the answer to this question.

    Linda, btw, tends to publish the same posts on multiple websites. She must have really loved her ittt tefl experience! Good on her! 🙂

    We have tried our best Jill, but ultimately, we feel that it isn’t our responsibility to keep trying to chase up ittt tefl to resolve this issue.

    Again, I would suggest trying to contact ittt tefl through email, telephone, or through their social media platforms.
    I would give it until the end of the week and if you have still not received a sufficient reply then I would go ahead and apply for a course refund for services not rendered.

    I hope though that this all works out well for you and again, could you possibly come back on here when the solution has been met with ittt tefl, so that our readers can see that ittt tefl are committed to customer service.

    Thank you for your time.

    Mia Williams.

  4. This morning, I left a direct comment to a ITTT (Quora) TEFL post, so they will have a notification in their Quora messages box.

    I guess that if they are concerned about resolving your issue, Jill, then they will shortly provide a response either here, or to you personally.

    Please let us know if you do receive a sufficient response from ITTT TEFL.

    UPDATE: I checked online at Quora this morning, and my (polite) comment was deleted – possibly at the request of Linda? ITTT TEFL employee.

    Mia Williams

  5. I was scammed by ITTT TEFL. They purposefully make you wait 2 to 3 months before they issue your course certificate, because by then you can’t claim money back from your bank for this sorry TEFL course. This was a DREADFUL experience and I advise anyone currently thinking of taking their TEFL certification through ITTT TEFL to seriously reconsider!!!

  6. If anyone can help me, please respond to this message.
    I recently read an expose of the ottsa accreditation body, that’s it’s nothing other than a sophisticated scam.

    Could somebody please reply? I’ve got my fingers crossed that this is all just an innocent mix up, but the MyTEFL Scam article has seriously spoofed me because it also mentions ITTT TEFL !!! 😦

    Thanks so much in advance for any help or advice whatsoever!

  7. Hello Jana.

    Thank you for your comment.

    I’m afraid that although ITTT TEFL are almost definitely avid followers of, they have never responded to a valid, verified customer comment or review to date.

    I am not in a position to speculate as to why the silence, but it does seem odd when other Online TEFL programs respond to verified customer reviews and comments on

    As a bit of help your way, over the coming days, we will be exposing the practices of accreditation scams over in the Online TEFL Course Scams section.

    I hope this response from us has been useful for you.

    Mia Williams

  8. I’ve recently completed the ITTT TEFL 120 hour certification course online.
    If I’m really honest, I was pretty underwhelmed by the experience.
    Paid extra for online tutor support. My tutor never answered faster than 4 days from when I asked a question.
    Feeling a bit like I was ripped off.

  9. Lucy.

    No matter what they may claim otherwise, ITTT TEFL is a company based out of Thailand.
    This is where their certificates are issued. And, they are “accredited” by OTTSA.
    Here is a write-up on who OTTSA is, and the man behind it:

    Accreditation means very little in the eyes of a school interviewer. BUT, accreditation is one extra layer of consumer protection in case things go south.
    The issue with OTTSA is that it cannot be classed as “externally accredited” because it was set up by an English teacher, living in Thailand for a couple of years, who simply wanted to make an extra buck by creating the illusion of an international accreditation body. I also guess that he was a little sick of teaching too 🙂

    The only OTTSA accredited school that we would recommend taking, for the reason of that extra layer of consumer protection, is Vantage TEFL Thailand.
    Why? Because they receive consistently positive customer feedback, and the probability of ever needing to complain about their course is very low.
    Therefore, the extra layer of consumer protection with Vantage TEFL would rarely be required.

    We wish we could say the same thing about ITTT TEFL and MyTEFL, which work in tandem with each other and which both receive very average customer ratings.

    Mia Williams.

  10. Took my TEFL course through The course is cheaper than ITTT and they provided me with awesome job support. If it were me, I would give ITTT a miss and just go with TEFL Online Pro. It’s a no-brainer.

  11. Hi, Trusted TEFL Reviews.

    I have a question about ITTT’s accreditation. As well as being accredited by OTTSA, ITTT claims to be accredited by the Teacher Training Council. The big problem with this that I’m now noticing is that the Teacher Training Council spells Accreditation: “Accredidation” (with a “d” and not a “t”). It is misspelled on their actual logo FFS.

    Do you think that this is a sign that accreditation is dodgy? Or am I reading too much into this?

    Thanks in advance for any response to this question.

  12. ITTT (International TEFL and TESOL Training) TEFL is such a scam. Everyone in the TEFL business knows it is. I can’t understand why they are still in business tbh. TEFL Online Pro and University of Toronto TEFL are much better, safer choices for the international TEFL/TESOL certification in 2023. Just read the reviews. ITTT TEFL has terrible customer reviews.

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