• Tom Garside

The Cert PT who, what, when?


The Level 6 Trinity College Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT)

Who is the Trinity CertPT for?


The Trinity CertPT can be taken by teachers who work with second-language learners of English, in any study setting. This means that it is a flexible qualification which can be taken by international school teachers, EAL teachers in high schools, EAP and subject teachers working in international Higher Education and any English Language teacher anywhere in the world.


Applicants can join the course if they have at least a CEFR B2 level of English, and either:


2 years of experience working with second-language speakers, or an initial certificate in education, TEFL, TESOL or similar, and 6 months of classroom experience.

What does the CertPT involve?


The CertPT course helps teachers develop their teaching and materials design skills with a focus on the specific learners in their class, and the requirements of the setting where they teach. Participants do research into the methods and approaches which are most beneficial to their learners, and develop teaching strategies to help them to improve their language skills, academic study and communication.

Why do teachers take the CertPT?


Many teachers take the course to help their students to achieve in exams and assessments, to enhance their materials and curriculum design skills, to develop their online teaching, or to find new ways of engaging their students through adapted and self-designed teaching resources. Whatever the reason for taking the qualification, the personalised nature of the course means it is effective for the development of a very wide range of teaching skills.

As a level 6 qualification, as regulated by the UK Government’s Ofqual qualifications body, Ofqual, the CertPT is a graduate certificate equivalent to the final year of a bachelors degree at a UK university. It makes an effective bridge between initial qualifications such as the Trinity CertTESOL, and the higher-level post-graduate Diplomas in TESOL.


The Language Point CertPT course is offered in two specialisms: one designed specifically for teachers making the move to online delivery, and one for language educators, covering TESOL approaches and methods and language education research.

Where can you study the course?


Our course is delivered entirely online over either 5 or 10 weeks, so you can study it from wherever you are in the world, whether you are currently teaching groups, individuals, or even if you do are not currently teaching - we can provide learners for you to teach for the practical component of the course.

When does the course run?

Language Point CertPT courses run every month, in either the 5-week or 10-week mode. For a full list of course dates, visit our course pages, and see our detailed outline of the course for more information.


If you would like to know more about the courses we offer, contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about your development as a teacher. Also, look out for our regular CertPT Q+A webinars, providing more information and giving a chance to answer your questions about this next-level qualification in TESOL.

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