We do not list all accreditation claims made by course providers.
We list only the claims that we can verify through a government agency (see below).
The accrediting agencies we list operate in the areas of:
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, TEFL or TESL)
- Teacher training
- Online education
- or a closely related field.
Legitimate claims that we cannot verify (and therefore wouldn’t list) include, for example, a licence granted by the Ministry of Education in a country whose language we don’t speak. Visit the TCR Blog if you want to read more about accreditation.
Accreditation Agencies Listed on TCR Include:
- Government bodies which oversee accreditation.
- Accreditors which are recognized by government bodies such as by Ofqual in the UK or the US Department of Education.
- Accreditors which are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a non-governmental national body in the US.
- Professional bodies operating as private organizations which, at minimum:
- are listed in a government directory of registered businesses or charities, and
- provide a list of the courses or course providers that they have accredited on a publicly accessible page on their website.
|Accreditor||Full Name||Country||Accreditor's Membership Directory||Regulation||Government Directory|
|ACCET||Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training||USA||ACCET Member Institution Directory||ACCET is recognized by the US Department of Education.||USDE List of Institutional Accrediting Agencies|
|ACTDEC||Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses||UK||ACTDEC Membership List||ACTDEC is a UK registered private limited company.||UK Companies House Register|
|BAC||British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education||UK||BAC Directory||BAC is a UK registered charity.||UK Charity Commission Register|
|British Council||UK||British Council Accredited Centres||The British Council is a UK registered charity and non-departmental public body.||UK Charity Commission Register|
|Cambridge Assessment English||A division of Cambridge Assessment / University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).||UK||Cambridge Teaching Centres||Cambridge Assessment is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|DEAC||Distance Education Accrediting Commission||USA||DEAC Approved Providers||DEAC 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
|IATQuO||International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations||UK||IATQUO Accredited Centres||IATQuO is a UK registered private limited company.||UK Companies House Register|
|ODLQC||Open & Distance Learning Quality Council||UK||ODLQC Accredited Providers||ODLQC is a UK registered charity.||UK Charity Commission Register|
|Qualifi||Qualifi Ltd||UK||Qualifi Qualifications||Qualifi is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|SQA||Scottish Qualifications Authority||UK||SQA'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 Canada||TESL Canadian Educational Foundation||Canada||TESL Canada Recognized Programs||The TESL Canadian Educational Foundation is a charity registered in Canada.||Canada Revenue Agency's List of Charities|
|TQUK||Training Qualifications UK Ltd||UK||TQUK Approved Training Centres||TQUK is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|
|Trinity College London||UK||Trinity-Validated Course Providers||Trinity College London is a UK awarding organisation recognized by Ofqual.||Ofqual Register|