ITEFLAC is an international quality assurance agency, working to improve quality assurance standards of TEFL/TESOL organizations all over the world. With its global network of experts, ITEFLAC grants accreditation to TEFL/TESOL course providers.
The International TEFL Accreditation Council (ITEFLAC) confers accreditation to TEFL / TESOL Course providers and institutions. The TEFL accreditation process is structured in such a way as not to require on-site visits. This process ensures that accreditation is both affordable and accessible to start-ups, small institutions and providers in all countries – thus creating a level playing field. The accreditation process is designed to improve standards and quality and promote professional behaviour in accordance with our Code of Professional Practice. Download the ITEFLAC Brochure from the footer of this page.
TEFL Accreditation Process
Stage 1 – Submission & Scrutiny of Application Form
The application form consists of 16 pages in total. This includes Appendices 1,2,3,4 and the reference (page 12). All sections are to be completed.
On pages 10/11 of the application form, you will find a form entitled ‘Checklist of documents to be sent at stage 2’. This document is a checklist of documents that must be sent at stage 2 of the accreditation process. You must mark an ‘x’ if you have the corresponding documentation. If the documentation does not apply, then mark ‘N/A’. If you do not have a particular document, then leave the field blank. *Note that some assistance is provided when accumulating all the required documentation – see ‘Stage 2 – Submission of Accompanying Documents & Evidence’.
The initial information provided to us will be inspected and assessed by a member of our Evaluation Council. If all the information provided is deemed satisfactory and complete, then the institution will be awarded provisional accreditation status and added to our website. We can then move onto the next stage in the process. If it does not, we may inform the institution why they are unlikely to gain accreditation at this point, and then provide advice and guidance on ways they can improve or rectify the problems we find.
Stage 2 – Submission of Accompanying Documents & Evidence
ITEFLAC will request the submission of accompanying documentation and evidence to support the institution’s application for accreditation (as per checklist). This documentation must be submitted within 60 days of the institution having been awarded provisional accreditation status. The Evaluation Council will focus on how the institution complies with immigration regulations; the quality of management and student support; the health and safety of the premises; and the suitability of the available resources for the courses. *Each document/file submitted must be named according to its corresponding category and number as per checklist – for example – ‘Copy or example of enrollment form’ > should be named H57 and so on. This will assist us with cross-referencing.
The Evaluation Council will need to examine procedural documentation, attendance recording systems, examples of marked work and feedback forms from students, and statutory documentation, such as approvals from the local Ministry of Higher Education (if required) and fire regulations.
During stage 2, the Evaluation Council will review what documents you consider not applicable to your institution. If there are some documents outstanding (which are considered ‘vital’), then we will mutually determine a suitable time frame as to when you can submit these documents. *In most cases, outstanding documents will not impede your path to accreditation as we are here to help you improve your standards and quality and promote professional behaviour in accordance with our Code of Professional Practice.
*When preparing all the relevant documents and paperwork for submission, institutions may refer to a library of existing documents and examples for reference and assistance. These existing documents and examples may be adjusted, re-purposed, used and submitted. To view these existing documents and examples, please visit the ITEFLAC Portal.
After careful consideration of all supporting documentation and evidence, the Accreditation Council will prepare and submit a report, which will recommend whether or not Stage 3 should take place. If there are any areas the institute needs to improve on before moving on to Stage 3, these will be identified in the report.
This report will be carefully considered by the Evaluation Council, who will then weigh up the information contained and decide whether or not to proceed onto the next stage. If they decide that the institution is not ready to move onto stage 3, the institution will be informed of this and given the chance to appeal against the decision, if they can provide grounds for reconsideration.
Stage 3 – Accreditation
This stage is mainly focused on weighing up the evidence of the institution’s ability to uphold and maintain the standards needed for an accreditation. The final decision on accreditation will be then be decided by the Evaluation Council.
Exclusions: Please note that accreditation and the benefits derived therefrom are attached to a particular provider and location. The set of key performance indicators (Standards & Evidence) assessed during the accreditation process relate to the governance and procedures of a particular institution. Accreditation of an institution, therefore, does not transfer/extend to its partners or affiliates. Under no circumstances may the partners or affiliates of an accredited member assume ITEFLAC accreditation or display our logos. Affiliates and partners of accredited members must apply for separate accreditation from ITEFLAC.
New Companies & Institutions
We are a new institution, so can we apply for accreditation?
Yes, new companies and institutions may certainly apply for accreditation. When you start a new TEFL / TESOL institution, it is unlikely that you will have all the necessary documents and procedures in place. This is not an issue as we will assist you in the creation of these required documents and procedures. ITEFLAC has a library of existing documents and examples for reference and assistance. These existing documents and examples may be adjusted, re-purposed, used and submitted. To view these existing documents and examples, please visit the ITEFLAC Portal.
At the International TEFL Accreditation Council (ITEFLAC), accreditation is founded on the principles of self-review and evaluation. ITEFLAC promotes a rating system through which we do not pass or fail course providers or institutions. The main purpose of ITEFLAC is to promote TEFL / TESOL education worldwide.
ITEFLAC has a Points Profile system that does not discourage the newly established or smaller institutions by disqualifying them. The Points Profile system determines strengths, weaknesses and offers recommendations to the course providers and institutions with which they can improve their standards. Points are assigned to each aspect of the eight key performance indicators (see ‘Standards & Evidence‘). These scores are put together to form a matrix that measures the quality of a course provider or institution from different perspectives. The profile point system is intelligently designed to determine strengths and areas that need improvement to match the international standards. The final matrix gives the overall picture of a course provider’s or institution’s educational standards and also recommends ways to improve them.
What is the Points Profile?
ITEFLAC’s Points Profile System is developed on the benchmark standards in education’s best practices and consists of 8 key performance indicators. It provides a score of all quantitative measures of the course provider or institution that are deemed to fit the standards. *It is important to note that not all aspects of the key performance indicators may be applicable to all course providers or institutions.
0 Points – Indicates the institution does not have this subjective factor.
5 – 9 Points – Indicating the institution has this subjective factor but it does not address complete dimension’s criteria.
10 Points – Indicating the subjective factors in this section are fully met and explicitly address students’ needs.
If a course provider or institution does not have what may be considered a ‘vital’ aspect of a key performance indicator, then a suitable time frame will be mutually agreed upon whereby the provider can submit this aspect.
Report, Recommendations & Suggestions
A course provider or institution will be granted a Points Profile, which is a measure of its match to the globally accepted standards and best academic practices. A report, as well as recommendations and suggestions on ways to improve a course provider’s or institution’s educational standards, will also be provided.
TEFL Accreditation Fees
ITEFLAC’s initial evaluation fee is US$750 irrespective of the number of courses a provider or institution offers.
An initial non-refundable accreditation fee of US$250 is payable after completion of Stage 1 of the accreditation process. On receipt of the initial non-refundable accreditation fee of US$250, the institution will be awarded provisional accreditation status. The outstanding accreditation fee of US$500 is payable on the award of full accreditation status.
*It is important to note that an institution has 60 days to submit documentation (in support of their application for accreditation – Stage 2) after the award of provisional accreditation status.
Initial accreditation is valid for one year and is renewable on an annual basis for a fee of US$750 irrespective of the number of courses a provider or institution offers.
ITEFLAC does not charge a provider or institute a fee for each student enrolled on their courses.
An annual accreditation fee of US$250 is payable for each franchise of an accredited institution. Franchises must submit an application form and be listed on the ITEFLAC website.
*Payment is accepted via Bank Transfer or PayPal.