How do I verify a TESOL certificate?

To verify a TESOL certificate, especially in countries like China and Vietnam where ESL teaching is popular, or for online teaching platforms, follow these steps:

  • Contact the Issuing Institution: Reach out to the institution that issued your TESOL certificate. They can provide a verification letter or a way to confirm the authenticity of your certificate.
  • Provide Necessary Information: You may need to supply details like your name, date of completion, and certificate number.
  • Use Official Verification Services: In some cases, particularly for internationally recognized programs, there may be an official verification service or online portal where employers can verify your certificate.
  • Understand Employer Requirements: Different employers or countries may have specific verification procedures. Understand their requirements to ensure your certificate meets their criteria.

This process ensures the legitimacy of your TESOL certification to potential employers, which is a crucial step in securing a teaching position abroad or with online education platforms.

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Why do I need to verify my TESOL certificate?

How do I verify my ITTT TESOL certificate?

Will I also need certificate notarization?

Why do I need to verify my TESOL certificate?

Verifying your TESOL certificate is increasingly important due to stricter regulations in the field of English language teaching. Previously, the requirements for teaching English varied significantly, with employers often setting their own criteria. This led to a situation where some individuals could secure teaching positions without accredited TESOL certification or relevant teaching experience. However, in recent years, many countries and educational institutions have implemented more rigorous standards. Now, it is common for employers to require online verification of your TESOL certificate as part of the hiring process. This verification serves to confirm the authenticity of your certification and ensures that you possess the necessary qualifications to teach English. It is a crucial step to prevent the use of fraudulent certificates and to maintain high standards in English language education.

Also read: Do TESOL Certificates Expire?

How do I verify my ITTT TESOL certificate?

Head to our certificate verification page and enter your ITTT course graduate details in the form.

Your TESOL course certificate number can be found in the lower left-hand corner of your certificate and looks like this: ITTT00123456.

You will see your verification results after entering your unique identifier code. These will include your name, the qualification you were awarded, and the number of teacher training hours you completed. Employers can use this tool to ensure that your certificate is valid and meets industry standards.

Will I also need certificate notarization?

Some countries might also require an additional notarized stamp on your certificate, although this is not required very often. Should you need additional authentication with your TESOL certificate for an employer, government office, or just for your own peace of mind, we have a few options for you. To begin, our online course certificates can be verified by visiting our website's verification page.

Your employer or the local education authority can enter your certificate number, and your name and course graduation date should appear.

Second, because all of our certificates are printed and shipped from Thailand, you can have a notarized copy of your certificate printed, stamped, and signed by a Thai Notary Public. This official copy, along with your original certificate, can then be mailed to you. The service of a Notary Public costs $45.

A third option is to have an ITTT registrar authenticate a copy of your original TESOL certificate and then have it countersigned by a Notary Public at the same time. Both the original certificate and the verified copy can then be mailed to you anywhere in the world. The registrar verification and Notary Public authentication cost $95. Although the majority of our graduates do not require these services, we are here to help if and when they do.

Also read: What are TESOL accreditation bodies?