CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)

The CELTA is the essential TEFL qualification that is trusted by employers, language schools and governments around the world.

Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work almost anywhere in the world. CELTA, which stands for Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, is one of the foremost initial qualifications for English Language teachers. It is recognised internationally by all reputable institutions and by many it is considered to be the best.

It is the practical English language teaching qualification that gives you the essential knowledge, hands-on experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a teacher of English as a second language (ESL).

Who is CELTA for?

People starting out in English Language teaching

You may be considering a career in English Language teaching and see CELTA as an entry into a good teaching position in the Netherlands or elsewhere, or you may be a graduate seeking a qualification that provides a sound basis in the fundamentals of language teaching practice, and which gives you the confidence to take control in the classroom.

People looking for a career change or a career break

Increasingly, CELTA candidates are professionals either looking for a new career opportunity or looking for a short break in their existing career. Many seek the exciting opportunities of living and working abroad. Whether you wish to teach English for the short or long term, CELTA gives you the training you need to help you adjust to a dynamic and challenging new profession.

Teachers of English without formal qualifications

CELTA can also be a useful qualification for teachers who have little previous formal training. CELTA sharpens your teaching practice, confirms your ability, and may even lead to an internal promotion or a better teaching job.

BLTC’s Teacher Training department has been running CELTA courses successfully since 1997.


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I took the intensive CELTA course at BLTC and passed with grade B. The course was really well organized and I felt supported every step of the way. I'm now working as an English teacher in Amsterdam and use the skills I learnt on the course every day. I would recommend the CELTA to anyone wanting to have a career in teaching!

Catherine, Amsterdam