About TEFL Accreditation

TEFL Course Review lists accrediting organizations on the pages of TEFL course providers with featured listings.

By accrediting organization we mean organizations which provide quality assurance through accreditation, validation, endorsement, regulation, or a related function. For our purposes on TCR, we list accrediting agencies in the areas of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, TEFL or TESL), teacher training, online education, or a closely related field.

We do not list all accreditation claims. We list only the claims that we can verify through a government agency. Legitimate claims that we cannot verify include, for example, a licence granted by the Ministry of Education in a country whose language we don’t speak.

Criteria for listing accreditors on TCR

  1. We list government bodies which oversee accreditation.
  2. We list accreditors which are recognized by government bodies such as Ofqual in the UK or the US Department of Education.
  3. We list accreditors which are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a non-governmental national body in the US.
  4. We also include professional bodies which are not government bodies or regulated by government as accreditors. However, if operating as a private organization, the accrediting organization must, at minimum: a) be listed in a government directory of businesses or charities, and b) provide a list of the courses or course providers that they have accredited on a publicly accessible page on their website.

Please visit the TCR Blog to read more about accreditation.

Accrediting Organizations

AccreditorFull NameCountryAccreditor's Membership DirectoryRegulationGovernment Directory
ACCETAccrediting Council for Continuing Education and TrainingUSAACCET Member Institution DirectoryACCET is recognized by the US Department of Education.USDE List of Institutional Accrediting Agencies
ACTDECAccreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education CoursesUKACTDEC Membership ListACTDEC is a UK registered private limited company.UK Companies House Register
BACBritish Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher EducationUKBAC DirectoryBAC is a UK registered charity.UK Charity Commission Register
British CouncilUKBritish Council Accredited CentresThe British Council is a UK registered charity and non-departmental public body.UK Charity Commission Register
Cambridge Assessment EnglishA division of Cambridge Assessment / University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).UKCambridge Teaching CentresCambridge Assessment is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.Ofqual Register
DEACDistance Education Accrediting CommissionUSADEAC Approved ProvidersDEAC is an American national career-related accrediting organization recognized by CHEA and by the US Department of Education.USDE List of Institutional Accrediting Agencies

CHEA Directory of Accreditors
IATQuOInternational Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying OrganisationsUKIATQUO Accredited CentresIATQuO is a UK registered private limited company.UK Companies House Register
ODLQCOpen & Distance Learning Quality CouncilUKODLQC Accredited ProvidersODLQC is a UK registered charity.UK Charity Commission Register
QualifiQualifi LtdUKQualifi QualificationsQualifi is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.Ofqual Register
SQAScottish Qualifications AuthorityUKSQA's TESOL page does not list accredited centres. Contact SQA directly.SQA is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate and recognized by Ofqual.Ofqual Register
TESL CanadaTESL Canadian Educational FoundationCanadaTESL Canada Recognized ProgramsThe TESL Canadian Educational Foundation is a charity registered in Canada.Canada Revenue Agency's List of Charities
TQUKTraining Qualifications UK LtdUKTQUK Approved Training CentresTQUK is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.Ofqual Register
Trinity College LondonUKTrinity-Validated Course ProvidersTrinity College London is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.Ofqual Register
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!