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Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT)

The Level 6 Trinity College London Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT) is a professional development qualification designed for language educators and online teachers of any subject, with 6 months or more experience in classroom or online teaching.

The course is designed for teachers with a language level of B2+ who are currently teaching, and want to combine their work and professional development in an online mode.

Online Certificate for Practising Teachers
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This CPD course is regulated at level 6 on the UK Government Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), making it equivalent in level to the final year of a bachelor's degree at university.

Course Options

Choose from any of the two professional development course options: (1) The CertPT for English Language Educators - focusing on classroom teaching and (2) The CertPT for Online Educators - focusing on online teaching.

1. CertPT - Classroom Teaching

For ESL Teachers

The CertPT for Language Educators is designed for English language teachers working in any context worldwide, and includes input into current TESOL approaches and methods, materials and task design, effective classroom management and lesson procedures.

2. CertPT - Online Teaching

For Online Teachers

The CertPT for Online Educators is designed for teachers who are working with students online in any educational context. This course will develop your awareness of different online educational resources, apps and LMSs, and online learning methodology (e-pedagogy).

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the course must:

  • Hold an initial teacher training certificate or qualification (either local or international)
  • Be currently employed at a school, university or language center
  • Have at least 6 months of experience in the field which they are involved in teaching through online learning (for Online Teaching) or have at least 6 months of experience in the field of English Language Teaching (for Classroom Teaching)
  • Have an English language proficiency of at least CEFR band B2 (IELTS 6)
  • For Clasroom Teaching: One must seek permission to film their classes or admit course trainers into their classrooms

Course Delivery Format

  • 5 Weeks Intensive Online
  • 10 Weeks Online (Semi-intensive)

The CertPT course includes approximately 100 study hours in total, split between pre-course preparation work, online videos and tasks, and assessed task work. This study time is divided into 5 units of work, which can be taken over 5 weeks, 10 weeks or as a modular program, with the first three course units (units 0-2) taken first, followed by a second period of work covering units 3 and 4.

On average, the course entails around 15 hours of work per week in the 5-week mode, and around 8 hours per week in the 10-week mode.

Course Content

Course Dates

- 5 Weeks Intensive Online
- 15 to 20 hours per week

  • May: 04/05/20 - 05/06/20 - Completed
  • Jun: 08/06/20 - 10/07/20 - Started
  • Jul: 13/07/20 - 14/08/20 Filling
  • Aug: 17/08/20 - 18/09/20
  • Sep: 21/09/20 - 23/10/20
  • Oct: 26/10/20 - 27/11/20
  • Jan: 18/01/21 - 19/02/21
  • Mar: 29/03/21 - 30/04/21
  • Jun: 07/06/21 - 09/07/21

Course Dates

- 10 Weeks Online
- 8 to 10 hours per week

  • May: 11/05/20 - 17/07/20 - Started
  • Jul: 20/07/20 - 25/09/20
  • Sep: 28/09/20 - 04/12/20
  • Feb: 22/02/21 - 30/04/21
  • May: 03/05/21 - 09/07/21

Course Fees

In USD: 870 US$ + 125 US$ Trinity College Assessment Fee

In GBP: 700 GB£ + 100 GB£ Trinity College Assessment Fee.

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Take your classroom work to the next level, with this brand new qualification from Trinity College London. Our online CPD courses enable you to meet your colleagues from around the world, sharing ideas and good practice through teacher development groups which you will form as you study.

Admission Process

1Pre-interview Task: When you apply for the CertPT course, you will be sent a pre-interview task, which will help you to prepare for the 45-minute interview with a course tutor.

2Interview: In the interview, you will discuss the course content and we will go through your responses to the pre-interview task, to assess your suitability for the course. There is also a short written task to complete during the interview.

3Confirm & Pay: Upon acceptance to the course, and payment of 310 US$ (or 250 GB£), your place on the course will be held for you. The remainder payment must be paid at least two weeks from the course start date.

Pre-course Pack: You will be sent your login details on the first day of the course. You will be sent the CertPT Pre-course Pack, containing important information about the course, and some pre-course tasks to prepare you for the content you will cover in week 1 of the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take this course?

Applicants must have at least 6 months of teaching experience and must be currently teaching a group of learners. The course is designed for teachers with an English language proficiency of CEFR B2 (IELTS 6) and above. In addition, applicants must hold an initial qualification in education, either locally or internationally.

How many tasks should I complete on course?

There are four Assessed Tasks to complete on the course, relating to each of these aspects of materials design: The evaluation of a published teaching resource, adaptation of a resource for your learners, creation of an original teaching resource, and delivery of that resource.

Will you help me in these tasks?

To prepare for these tasks, you will receive input focused on TESOL approaches and methods, lesson planning, classroom management, materials design, task design and effective classroom procedures.

What is the difference between the two CertPT courses?

The CertPT for language educators is designed for English language teachers working in any context worldwide, and includes input into current TESOL approaches and methods, materials and task design, effective classroom management and lesson procedures, as well as live tutorials focusing on the four Assessed Tasks for the CertPT course.

The CertPT course for online educators is designed for teachers who are working with students online in any educational context. This course will develop your awareness of different online educational resources, apps and LMSs, and online learning methodology (e-pedagogy). Course content is adaptable to meet the needs of teachers working on any LMS, and will provide you with effective teaching routines, materials design and delivery input, and the chance to try out new methodologies with the learners that you already teach.

What qualification will I receive after the course?

You will receive: "Certificate in Practising Teachers (CertPT)". This qualification is externally-validated by Trinity College London and appears at level 6 on the UK’s Ofqual list of regulated qualifications (RQF).

Can I work and study at the same time?

Yes, this is a key point in the design of this course. It functions as in-service training, so you must be actively teaching a group of learners (either face-to-face or online) to enable you to complete the four Assessed Tasks for the course. The course is designed to supplement your current teaching without overloading you as you deliver your daily teaching load.

How long does the course take?

The CertPT course includes approximately 100 study hours in total, split between pre-course preparation work, online videos and tasks, and assessed task work. This study time is divided into 5 units of work, which can be taken over 5 weeks, 10 weeks or as a modular program, with the first three course units (units 0-2) taken first, followed by a second period of work covering units 3 and 4. On average, the course entails around 15 hours of work per week in the 5-week mode, and around 8 hours per week in the 10-week mode.

Will I have live contact with course tutors?

Yes, all participants will have at least one live tutorial (in groups and/or individually) per course unit, to provide feedback on any questions you may have, and to provide guidance on completion of the written Assessed Tasks. In addition to live face-to-face online tutorials, you will also receive direct feedback on all tasks that you submit during the course from your course tutor, who will e-moderate all the work that you submit and provide continuous guidance during the course.

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