Yes! Non-native English-speaking trainees must demonstrate English proficiency at a C1 English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework (CEFR) in order to be accepted into the CELTA. This level may be demonstrated with current English proficiency test results (such as from the TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC) or by taking the Bridge Online Language Test (BOLT) prior to acceptance.
No previous teaching experience is required to take the CELTA, but all applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent
- Be a native English speaker or have near-native English proficiency (meaning a documented C1 English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework, or CEFR)
- Be willing and able to commit to the demands of the course, such as an 8-hour per day schedule as well as a significant amount of homework outside class
- Successfully complete a written pre-course task and pre-course interview