Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I start the TEFL course and make payment?

Simply go to the “Online TEFL” tab on this website and choose your course package.
By clinking on the “Buy Now” button, you will be taken to the secure online PayFast payment site.
Fill in your Email and choose your method of payment.
You can pay via credit / cheque or debit card or direct EFT by all South Africa’s major Banks.
You may also choose to pay direct into our ABSA bank account.  Download the pro-forma invoice with our TEFL SA details.

We Offer a payment plan: Pay 50% of the tuition fee and start your online course. 50% + R150 admin fee within 30 days or before certification. E-mail us with your request and we will send you our agreement.

2. What are the requirements to enrol in the TEFL course?

You should:

Be a native English speaker or proficient / fluent in the English language.

Have a desire to teach people from other languages and countries to speak English.

Have the ability to produce a good standard of work.

Be an adult over 18 years of age.

No tertiary qualifications are required to enrol in the TEFL course and to apply for many of the ESL jobs.



3. What are the benefits of gaining a TEFL certification ?

A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or (TESOL) Teach English as a Second or Other Language, certification is a commonly required qualification for new and experienced teachers who want to teach English to non-English spaekers abroad or online.

With a TEFL /TESOL certification, teachers can:

Qualify for teaching jobs. The minimum requirement to teach abroad or online is a 120-hour TEFL certification. In some countries, a Bachelor’s degree in any field and TEFL certification is required to secure a ESL teaching job.

Gain the skills required to teach abroad. A TEFL course gives you the skills and prepares you to teach the English language in a structured way to different levels of English students, plan lessons, refresh your understanding of English grammar concepts, manage classes and more.

Stand out in job applications. Be prepared when applying for a ESL job. A TEFL certification is a requirement and if you already have one, you will be considered a strong asset and could help set you apart from candidates who are not yet TEFL certified.

4. What will I learn on the TEFL course?

Teach English Language Skills.

Teach the five major elements of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening and pronunciation.

Simplify English Grammar.

Simplify complex English grammar concepts for ELLs (English Language Learners).

Plan Lessons

Plan and deliver effective lessons that meet class learning objectives and promote productive learning.

Manage a Classroom

Manage your classroom and student behaviour to create a welcoming and safe learning environment.

Identify Learning Styles. 

Identify different learning styles and adapt lessons to suit students and their needs.

Build Effective Learning Materials

Find, adapt and personalize a wide variety of text-based and digital materials for use in the classroom.

5. How long does it take to complete the TEFL course?

It takes on average 4 weeks to complete the 120-hour online TEFL course. You only really need to study for a few hours a week.

You  can complete the 120-hour course in a much shorter time if you want to. Many have completed it in less than 10 days.

However, there is no need to rush as you have up to 6 months access to complete your online TEFL course.

On completion of the course, your unique digital TEFL certificate will be emailed to you in a PDF. A hard-copy certificate for authentication is available on request.

6. What is a Weekend Practical Course?

The Weekend practical course is a face-to-face classroom teacher training course delivered by experienced ESL Teacher Trainers.

Recommended for all new (ESL) English as a Second Language teachers.

View the weekend course program here.

The combined TEFL course (120 hours online and 20 hours practical) is the most effective and concise method of learning and practicing teacher skills for your new career.

There is no need to have completed your online TEFL certification and you may book your Weekend Practical Course anytime.

After you complete 2 day course you will gain a “Teaching Practice certificate”


7. What if I dont pass the TEFL course?

The Online

Follow our instructions and take your time with each lesson, you will pass the TEFL course.

Our course tutors will do everything to encourage you and provide as much help as possible.

The pass rate is a 70% average of all lesson tests. You take each lesson /module exam once. If you do not pass the course, we will let you take your failed module lessons again.

The 120-hour TEFL / TESOL certificate is awarded on completing and passing all lesson modules.

The Practical

The practical component is not mandatory. However, we encourage you to take the 2-day weekend practical either as a package (Combined Course) or join later after or during  your online course.

The Certificate of Practical Teaching is awarded on completing the 20-hour program. Learn more here

8. What is Cambridge ESOL TKT certification?

The Cambridge ESOL (TKT) is an optional test that focuses on the teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners of English, anywhere in the world. It can increase your confidence and enhance your job prospects.

This is an excellent addition to your TEFL/TESOL certificate course and will greatly enhance your job prospects, confidence and even your salary! You can study online but you must take the Cambridge ESOL exam at authorised centers all over the world. There are over 2,700 centres in 130 countries so you can also take the TKT exam in your home country once you have your TEFL/TESOL certificate.

The cost of the online TKT Prep course Modules 1,2 and 3 is R950 for the digital package and we can send you the course after the you complete your TEFL certification course. The Course is included in the Pro Online Package. The Exam is paid seperatly at the test center of your choice.

9. What are TEFL accreditations?

Course Accreditation and Moderation.

The 120-hour online TEFL / TESOL course:

Delivered and moderated and accredited by International TEFL Organisation (ITO) Registered and Established in Singapore. TEFL Pte LTD: Since 2002. Cert No: T01193ITO

ITO have trained over 18000 ESL teachers. ITO are institutional members of IATEFL. (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)

The Practical TEFL course:

Delivered by approved Cambridge DELTA teacher trainers. Moderated by TEFL SA (Pty) Ltd Reg: 201727516107

The Online Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT) course:

Delivered by Cambridge University Press. Practical tests are moderated by Cambridge ESOL approved centres worldwide.

The CELTA practical course:

Delivered by Cambridge DELTA teacher trainers and moderated by Cambridge ESOL approved training centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Enrolement in the CELTA is by assessed application.

Ofqual Level 5 Qualification, UK Credit Framework. Premium product endorsement by NEAS in Australia

TEFL SA pledge:

We pledge to deliver affordable ESL teacher training systems from accredited and respected institutions.

When you enrol in an online TEFL course or attend a TEFL or CELTA practical class course, your training and certification is recognised and accepted by all English as a Second Language (ESL) employers worldwide.

10. Do I need a degree to teach abroad or online?

Teaching Abroad

Some countries , require a TEFL teacher to have a BA degree in any field in addition to the TEFL certification, to obtain a work permit/ visa.

Countries, like China and the Emirates are strict with their work permit laws, so be aware of unscrupulous “teacher recruiters”. Use only registered company recruiters like the ones advertising on our website under ESL jobs.

There are many other countries where a degree is not required or essential.

Take a look at some of the most popular countries the do not require a degree here.

In many countries, you can teach while visiting up to 12 months. Employers can also request to convert your visitors visa to a work visa.

You can also teach privately or for private language schools.

Online teaching

Online schools that will hire you as a TEFL tutor do not require you to have a degree.

They do pay you according to your qualifications when when starting out and eventually start paying you according to your experience.
You can work for more than one online school as an independent contractor. View info on some online schools and what they pay here.
There are also other online teaching platforms where you can promote and work as an independent tutor for more money.
Also, you can simply create your own platform with a Skype connection and advertise your English tutoring services on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and other local advertising.

11. Where can I teach with a TEFL certificate?

Teaching English abroad

A TEFL certification is your gateway to working anywhere in the world.

With English becoming the “global language”, trained TEFL teachers are in high demand everywhere. From primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and private language schools in over 150 countries.

Some of the most popular countries to teach English include China, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, The Emirates, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Czech Rep, Chili, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and many other non-English speaking countries.

Teaching English online

Online English lessons over Skype or other video platforms is the new norm with many families in countries where internet is readily available.

There are over 300 online specialist schools that cater to providing only ESL (English as a second language) learning. Most of them in Asia.

Online schools or other platforms, you will never be out of a ESL job. Teach from the comfort of your home or from anywhere in the world. Many TEFL teachers do online teaching as their “full time” job and make a pretty decent living wage.

Online schools are always recruiting new and experienced teachers.

View info on some online schools and what they pay here.


12. Cancelations & Refunds

Online Course

If you are unable to complete the online TEFL course due to valid reasons, we will be happy to extend your completion time if required.

Student who do not complete the course will not be refunded. We want you to succeed teach English abroad or online and we’ll do everything we can to encourage you to complete your course and gain your TEFL certification.

Practical Course

Students who don’t show up to the booked practical Course will not be refunded.

You can reschedule your booked date one time for free, 10 days before your booked date.

You may rebook your practical course for a nominal fee of R750

To rebook and pay online for the weekend TEFL course, click on our website link:



13. Customer reviews.

Read what our past graduates are saying about our TEFL courses in South Africa. Posted directly by our TEFL grads on Google Reviews Here

View Youtube videos and written reviews from our TEFL grads in the 4-week practical course in Thailand. Here

14. TEFL Certificate and authentication

On completion of the 120-hour TEFL course you will be awarded your digital certificate that can be download and printed on certificate paper. Your TEFL certificate will be accepted by all reputable employers worldwide.
Each certificate has a unique number that can be verified with the ITO International TEFL Organisation by any ESL employer.

If you are traveling overseas for a TEFL job, it’s important you authenticate your TEFL certificate. A hard copy certificate with an original signature of the TEFL course manager / principal is required to have it authenticated.

You may request this after you complete your course at a cost of R300 delivered to your nearest PostNet in SA. Or pay a courier to anywhere else from South Africa.

Additional Information on Authentication of Documents in South Africa.

By Louro & Tiago Inc. Attorneys and Notaries

In order to authenticate a document which has been signed or originated in South Africa, and which document is required for use outside of South Africa, one has to ask the following question:

Is the country in which the document is to be used a member country of  The Hague Convention?

a)   Yes, then the document must be certified by a notary public who in turn attaches an Apostille to the document and sends the Apostille for signature by the Registrar of the High Court. This takes 24 hours and this firm charges R 850,00 plus VAT. (Excluding courier costs)

b)   No, then after the above process,  you would need to personally (or agent) take the document to the authentication department at DIRCO in Pretoria who in turn attaches another Certificate by DIRCO about the signing power of the Registrar of the High Court and the fact that such Registrar is allowed to sign this document in South Africa for use outside of South Africa.

By Louro & Tiago Attorneys & Notaries T : 011 432 4310 E : jlouro@lourotiago.co.za