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Certification Forms

Canada Professional Certification Directory

The Certification Directory is currently under construction. Once completed, it will list the names and Levels/Standards of ESL professionals certified by TESL Canada who have voluntarily opted to have their information included. The Certification Directory does not include all certified individuals.

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Required Documents


The TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards are based on level of education, TESL training, teaching experience and positive performance reviews.  The following chart indicates the requirements for each Standard.You can use this chart to determine which standard to apply for based on your TESL training education hours. For detailed information, please see Certification Standards Descriptors.

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TESL Canada Professional Certification

TESL Canada National Certification Standards for Instructors of English as a Second Language or Foreign Language in Adult Programs were developed for instructors trained in Canada. TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards represent a teacher-driven initiative to create basic, minimum national standards.

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PLAR – Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Applicants whose training was completed at an institution not on our list of recognized teacher training program can apply to TESL Canada for certification. You will not be eligible under our regular certification scheme because your training is not from a recognized program, but will be recommended to PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment Recognition).

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