Now, considering there is no accreditation awarding body for Online TEFL certification courses, such as was outlined in our recent “ottsa” article, we at Trusted TEFL Reviews were surprised that the newly designed ITT International TEFL and TESOL website claims accreditation.
They were previously (as in last week) “accredited” by ottsa, but since Trusted TEFL Reviews exposed ITT International TEFL and TESOL for business malpractice, they seem to have suddenly become fully accredited by the International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council.
The following are screenshots, taken this morning, 24/2/20:
Well, so far we can see (above) how someone new to TEFL could be drawn in by this relatively well-put-together website. But why is the accreditation logo so small? And why the complicated URL address? And, more importantly, why do they claim that they are based in the UK and certified by the British Council (which should be spelt with a capital ‘C’ btw!) This is a scam.
Mmm. They don’t list (above) the companies that they allegedly accredit? You have to email them, through their website contact form? I mean, what the what is going on here? Why the secrecy?
We are not discouraging you from studying on an Online TEFL course with ITT International TEFL and TESOL, but please take into consideration the above information – snapped from their own self-created website pages 🙂
Again, there is no international accreditation body for Online TEFL courses.
I have been teaching for almost ten years now, and never once was I asked which accreditation organization issued my (online) TEFL certificate.
For an Online TEFL/TESOL certification company to be considered ‘internationally recognized’ they must cover the core TEFL/TESOL training elements. This, for the most part, means providing a TEFL/TESOL course that covers 120 hours (or more) of online training (less so if you are already teaching and simply need to take a refresher TEFL/TESOL course for a certain visa requirement.)
I don’t think people really mind so much whether a course is accredited or not, and schools definitely don’t care at all. But what is particularly painful here is that this fake accreditation website has been developed in order to pull the wool over people’s eyes and to get them to make that course purchase because they will probably assume that the International TEFL/TESOL Accreditation Council is an internationally recognized accreditation body.
If you are reading this and are searching for honest, reputable Online TEFL certification companies then may we suggest you view our Online TEFL Courses Directory:
We welcome any comments in the reply section below.
If and when we are notified of shady practices, or even outright scams, we will post details of them in the Online TEFL Course Scams section of this website.
Written by Mia Williams for Trusted TEFL Reviews.
WARNING! We strongly recommend that readers are made fully aware of ITT International TEFL and TESOL’s violation of the international TEFL/TESOL Code of Professional Conduct:
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