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.

Full time or part time?

You can choose to study for CELTA

  • full-time (four consecutive weeks)
  • part-time (12 hours a week for 3 months)

In terms of course content, the two courses are identical; both involve 120 hours contact hours and a minimum of  120 additional learning. 

The full-time course is extremely intensive, requiring attendance between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 09.00 to 17.00. The part-time course runs all day  Monday and Tuesday  morning and gives you the flexibility to fit your study programme around other professional and personal commitments.

What does BLTC Celta involve?

Our CELTA courses …….

  • integrate theory and methodology but focus on hands-on practice
  • provide 120 contact hours including:  methodology  input sessions, supervised  lesson planning,  teaching practice, feedback on teaching, peer observation, observation of experienced teachers and consultation time
  • include six hours of assessed teaching practice per trainee (with real students at different levels)
  • include four hours' directed observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals plus two hours' observation of lessons on DVD
  • include a minimum of 120 additional learning hours for reading, research, assignment writing and lesson preparation
  • require you to submit a portfolio of work including  teaching practice materials, language analysis tasks, a student case study and other graded written assignments
  • offer quality control. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course.  

What will I learn?

Our CELTA input sessions show you...

  • How to analyse language for the effective teaching of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation
  • How to approach all four language skills: reading, listening, speaking & writing and to integrate them into your teaching
  • How to plan and create resources for different contexts such as teaching Business English, Young Learners and examination classes
  • The skills you need for professional classroom management
  • The techniques you need to produce effective and motivating lessons
  • The professionalism you need to increase your job prospects

Am I eligible to apply?

Ideally you should :

  • Have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
  • Be aged 20 or over (we will consider 18 & 19 year olds on a case by case basis at our discretion)
  • Have a standard of English that will enable you to teach English at a range of levels (proficient C2 level)

Course Dates and Fees



1 - 26 July 2024

Part time:

22 January - 16 April 2024

23 September - 10 December 2024


Fee for the course is €1995,- including fee for Cambridge

Possibility to pay in instalments


Cambridge Celta courses

Next course starts 1 July 2024



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
  • Cambridge English