If your plan is to teach English abroad in 2020, more countries now require teachers to hold a TESOL, TESL or TEFL certificate that is authenticated by the government of the country where the certificate is issued. Unless your a government agency authenticates your certificate, many countries won’t issue the visa you need to teach.
As a provider of TESL Canada-approved certification courses, OnTESOL is one of the few online institutes that meets the requirements for Canadian and international teachers interested in teaching English abroad. Below you will find more information about how to have the Government of Canada authenticate your OnTESOL certificate.
Government Authentication for Canadians
Through Global Affairs, the Government of Canada authenticates TESOL, TESL, and TEFL certificates on the list of course providers recognized by TESL Canada or TESL Ontario.
Therefore, Canadian accreditation is required and essential to teach English in Canada and abroad. If you took a cheap course through Groupon, or spent over $1,000 for a quick and easy course with Oxford Seminars or the online TEFL course offered by the University of Toronto, your certificate will not be valid for many English teaching jobs abroad.
Both online courses offered by OnTESOL are on the list of TESL Canada approved courses. To get your OnTESOL certificate authenticated by Global Affairs, you need to go to a public notary first and then submit your certification to the government. Visit Global Affairs’ website for more information.
Government Authentication Outside Canada
Many people from all over the world complete our online courses. You can have your OnTESOL certificate authenticated at the nearest embassy while teaching in another country. Global Affairs notes on their website that some consulates may not have the capacity to authenticate teaching credentials. If this is the case in the country where you teach, you can send your documents to their mail-in service in Ottawa. For more information on getting your certificate authenticated outside Canada, visit their website.
Using Private Companies to Authenticate Your TESOL / TEFL Certification
Moving to another country can be a tenuous process. Candidates need to gather all university documents and process their Criminal Background. In addition, they need to check at the national level, and get the public notary to notarize the certificate. Finally, the government of Canada must authenticate the certificate.
This whole process takes anywhere between 2 and 5 months from the moment the candidate applies for a TESOL job to the moment they receive the work visa. For this reason, there are many private companies that specialize in fast-tracking the authentication process. Although it costs a few hundred dollars, companies like International Documents Canada can lower the burden on you. Their service is especially useful for those who are outside Canada or those who are on a time crunch.