About TEFL Accreditation

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.

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
Please visit the TCR Blog to read more about TEFL accreditation.