There are certain conditions prospective candidates must fulfill to be eligible for the CELTA training program in Australia. These are the official entry requirements of the Cambridge CELTA.
You must be a proficient English language user. A minimum overall academic level of IELTS 7.5, a CEFR C1 level or TOEFL iBT 102 and above will be sufficient.
Note: Candidates should note that these proficiency level does not require any official test (such as the IETLS, TOEFL or CAE) to be taken. We will determine if your level of English is acceptable during the application process.
You must be at least 18 years old with strong English language skills to take the CELTA. While some centers accept applicants who are 20 years old.
Level of Education:
You must have an educational qualification that meets the standard entry requirement to enter for a university degree. This means you should have completer a high school or secondary school education.
You must have a knowledge of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables the course to be undertaken successfully.
You must have the potential ability and desire to develop the essential skills needed to become an effective teacher and to complete the written assignments and teaching practice successfully.
All decisions about selection and recruitment are at the discretion of the respective training centres.
No university degree required: Officially, getting entry to study the CELTA does not require having a university degree. Because Cambridge allows centres to choose their candidates based on their discretion, some centres tend to include such in their requirement. By deciding to take your CELTA in Australia, you will enjoy eligibility to take the course without any university degree.
No teaching experience required: CELTA is a preliminary English teaching qualification. It is specially designed for individuals with little or no teaching experience, although it might also be taken by experienced teachers who require a formal qualification.
Eligibility isn't just about meeting the official Cambridge CELTA requirements as stated above. There are certain qualities candidates must have or be prepared to develop to complete the CELTA course in Australia successfully. You may refer to these as "soft skills":
Passion for teaching: You need to have the zeal to teach English to be successful at the CELTA. At some point, the course may get tougher, and only your passion for becoming a successful ESL teacher will keep you going. Be prepared for four weeks of hard work where you may have little or no time for fun.
Time management qualities: Besides the 120 hours of input sessions, candidates will be required to set aside a minimum of 100 hours out of classroom study. This time is needed to complete written assignments and engage in lesson planning. For this reason, you have to be able to manage your time well to meet up with all tasks. Time management is also an essential aspect of classroom teaching and lesson delivery.
Be a team player: The CELTA course involves a lot of teamwork. You may be paired with colleagues to prepare lessons, classroom materials or manage a classroom. You need adequate team playing ability to be able to work together with your team members successfully.
Evaluation and feedback skills: The CELTA requires that you can observe and identify your strengths and weaknesses and that of others. This way, you can easily find out which areas need improvements while you are on the course. You will also be able to observe others and help them grow too.
I am a non-native speaker, can I still take the CELTA?
Definitely! The CELTA course is open to both native and non-native speakers as long as you can demonstrate that you have enough understanding of both and written English. When you choose to take your course in any of our Australian centres, you will go through an interview where we will determine if you have the acquired competence in the English language.
Can I take the CELTA in Australia if I do not have a university degree?
Yes. Officially, the Cambridge Language Assessment does not require that you have a university degree to take a CELTA. However, you must have a qualification equivalent to one that can get you admission into a university or higher education in your country. The CELTA is sufficient to get a teaching job in some countries. However, language schools in Australia require that you have a university degree in addition to your CELTA certificate to be hired as a teacher.
Do I have to go through an interview to take a CELTA in Australia?
According to the Cambridge Language Assessment, individual centres are required to accept candidates using their discretion. Based on this, most centres choose to conduct an interview to determine which candidates are eligible to take the course successfully. Our centres in Australia usually conduct interviews for candidates before they are accepted for the course. However, you do not have to pay until you have passed the interview.
Request the application/pre-interview task, and submit it after completion.
Attend an interview in-person or through Skype with one of our tutors.
Following a successful interview you can confirm your place for the course.