These are common questions asked by those who are taking the online TEFL course or thinking about it. If you have problems or questions that are not answered here you can ask them below.

This FAQ will be divided into 2 sections:

  1. For those thinking about taking the course
  2. For those already taking the course

1. Q&A for those thinking about taking a course

What is the course like?

This will give you an idea of what the basic course is like or you can see this for more on the advanced course.

Can I see an outline of the course?

Yes. Here is an outline.

What does the certificate look like?

You can see a sample here. It will also say the course name on it.

Is this internationally recognized or will this be accepted at every school?

Read here.

How is the certificate issued?

The certificate is issued via download. You can access this when you successfully complete the course. You don't have to wait. Directions are given on how to professionally print it out. Be sure that you follow them if you decide to print it out. Certificates or letters are not mailed or shipped.

Is there another way to pay?

No. Paypal is the only way.

How long does it take?

What is the duration of the course? The advanced course (formerly 120 hour course) can be completed within a couple of weeks, but it depends on you and the pace you work at. 

Keep in mind it is not a good idea to rush though as you won't absorb the material.

"Learning is cyclic. Take a first pass, review what you know, pause and do something else, take a second pass, pause again." - James M. Bach

How many hours do I need?

Typically more hours equals more thorough training. Some employers may not care much about that as they are not always required. Online TEFL courses usually have inaccurate hours.

Is it hard?

You can start it right now. It's not meant to be especially difficult. You do have to maintain an 80-85% through the course, but the material is in front of you and you can retake it until you get it right.

Is it accredited?

No. Learn more about TEFL accreditation or look for another accredited online TEFL course.

Question not here? There is a massive TEFL course FAQ here.

2. Q&A for those already taking the course

Why can't I get to the next topic in the course?

  1. You have not completed the previous topic. Double check that you have completed all questions.
  2. Your grade is not high enough to proceed. You must retake the previous topic to raise your grade. Your grade is cumulative. Check in the grade book.

Where is my grade on the assignments?

You can look in the gradebook. A few assignments may not be graded.

Where are the assignment comments?

For example, go to: Create & Submit Your Lesson Plan 2. > scroll to the bottom > submission status > submission comments

How can I change the spelling of my name on the certificate?

You can change your name in your profile. Be sure to write your full name down.

Why are you asking for my password?

In some situations I may ask for your password and username to see how things look on your end. You can change these in your profile before sending them to me. I can create, suspend and delete accounts, but I can't see how things look on your end and know why you are having problems.

90% of the problems most users have is on their end and it is not a problem with the course.

I can't find my question here. How can I contact you?

You can ask it here or you can send an email to and if you are logged in you can message Ian here.