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Best TEFL/TESOL Accreditation 2022

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When I was starting out as an English teacher and interviewing for jobs, I noticed that some employers paid particular interest in which organization had accredited my TEFL certificate.

Thankfully, I had chosen a TEFL certification program that was fully accredited by a reputable accreditation body. The result of this is that I have never been turned down from a job position because of the accreditation status of my TEFL TESOL certificate.

When I co-started trustedteflreviews.com, I began to notice that some companies were making bold claims about their accreditation status that simply didn’t add up.

Two clear examples of this:

  1. A company claims to be “Fully Accredited” but it actually created the accreditation website itself in order to give the impression of being “Fully Accredited”.
  2. A company claims to be “Fully Accredited” but is, in fact, only regulated by the organizations by which it claims to be accredited.

I also noticed that the companies falsely claiming “Fully Accredited” status regularly spread misinformation about reputable accreditation companies.

There are three types of TEFL accreditation:

  1. Fully Accredited.
  2. Accredited.
  3. Unaccredited.

You should choose a course from a provider that offers Fully Accredited courses.

The most reputable and well-known international (Fully Accredited) accreditation bodies are (in alphabetical order) ACCET, ACTEFLC, OISE University of the Toronto Faculty of Education, TESL Canada, and the University of Cambridge’s English Language Assessment:

ACCET TEFL Accreditation
ACCET Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training | https://accet.org/
ACTEFLC TEFL Accreditation
ACTEFLC Accreditation Council for Teaching English as a Foreign Language Courses | https://www.acteflc.com/
University Of Toronto OISE
OISE University of the Toronto Faculty of Education | https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/
TESL Canada
TESL Canada | https://tesl.ca/
Cambridge Assessment English
University of Cambridge’s English Language Assessment | https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/

If a program is Fully Accredited, by one of the above bodies, it is guaranteed that your certificate will be recognized for all online and international teaching English jobs.

If a program is only Accredited, it means that there is a large question regarding the international recognition of the certificates that it awards.

If a program is Unaccredited, you will have very little hope of getting any type of teaching English job.


There are 47 Online TEFL/TESOL certification course programs currently listed on Trusted TEFL Reviews.

Out of these 47, just 8 are Fully Accredited.

In current review-ranked order, these are:

1. TEFL Online Pro

Program website: https://teflonlinepro.com/

Verified reviews – 2021: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2021/

Verified reviews – 2020: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/

Verified reviews – 2019: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2019/

TEFL/TESOL online programs receive an additional program reviews category when they win the Teachers’ Choice Award and are granted the ability to enjoy a whole year’s free exposure on Trusted TEFL Reviews, where they may post, for example, any current course discounts or promotions.

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2. OISE University of Toronto TEFL

Program website: https://teflonline.teachaway.com/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/oise-university-of-toronto-tefl/

3. CIEE TEFL

Program website: https://www.ciee.org/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/ciee-tefl/

4. Maximo Nivel TEFL

Program website: https://maximonivel.com/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/maximo-nivel-tefl/

10. Bridge TEFL

Program website: https://bridge.edu/tefl/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/bridge-tefl/

16. Oxford Seminars

Program website: https://www.oxfordseminars.com/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/oxford-seminars/

29. TEFL Iberia

Program website: https://tefl-iberia.com/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-iberia/

35. ontesol

Program website: https://ontesol.com/

Verified reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/ontesol/

The remaining 39 programs mostly claim to be Fully Accredited but are either only Accredited or Unaccredited.


To check which TEFL companies are Fully Accredited, Accredited, or Unaccredited, check the TEFL Course Directory:

TEFL Course Directory | Trusted TEFL Reviews

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1 comment

  1. Excellent post. Very helpful advice for any TEFL newbies out there. Took my TEFL through the teflonlinepro.com program (ACTEFLC fully accredited) and have used the certificate without issues for online teaching work and for overseas teaching jobs in Japan and South Korea. A friend of mine took his through the teflonline.teachaway.com program (OISE fully accredited) and he also hasn’t come up against any stumbling blocks when using his certificate

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