Cambridge CELTA

CELTA is the most preferred TEFL qualification by ESL employers across the world, recognised in Australia and overseas.

The Cambridge CELTA, also referred as the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (or previously the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is highly practical and intensive, setting the standard for other TEFL qualifications.

CELTA is regulated by OFQUAL at Level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework, recognized by NEAS, Quality Assurance in Education and Training in Australia, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

Course Outcomes

The major aim of the CELTA course is to provide practical foundational skills for English language teaching.

By the end of the program, candidates who take the CELTA course in Australia will acquire:

  • A solid subject knowledge and language awareness
  • Practical foundational skills for teaching English to adult learners e.g. lesson planning, classroom management, resource adaption
  • Knowledge of effective English language teaching methodologies applicable in different teaching contexts
  • The confidence and competence to display professionalism in any classroom across the world

Ultimately, successful CELTA candidates can become teachers of English as a Second Language in Australia and abroad or explore a diverse range of ESL teaching options.

Key Features & Benefits

The Cambridge CELTA in Australia offers:

  • An internationally recognised certificate opening an avenue to explore teaching prospects globally.
  • Opportunities to work in a range of ESL teaching contexts in Australia.
  • Language awareness and ESL teaching methodologies taught and supervised by Cambridge certified tutors.
  •  Job support and career advice with increased chances of getting a job within the Australian ESL industry.
  • An incredible experience of the spectacular nature of Australian cities, the festivals, cuisines, wildlife and beaches.

Course Highlights

  • 4-week full-time or 10-week part-time course options in any of the five major Australian cities
  • Minimum of 120 hours of intensive physical training
  • Minimum of 6 hours of assessed teaching practice in an actual classroom situation
  • Highly experienced Cambridge accredited teacher trainers
  • Career advice and job support sessions
  • Pathway to further studies, recognised by prominent Australian universities and educational institutions.

Ways to take CELTA

There are three options to take the CELTA course in Australia:

  • Intensive full-time option usually 4 to 5 weeks
  • Part-time option usually between 10 to 12 weeks
  • The online, blended learning course option – this combines online self-study with physical teaching practice.

Details on Course Delivery Formats

Course topics

The CELTA course covers a range of topics:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism

CELTA Syllabus Details


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a proficient English language user ( IELTS 7.5 or an equivalent English language proficiency, CEFR C1 or above)
  • Be educated to the standard required for entry into primary or higher education

Eligibility and Requirements Details


You will be assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

  • Written assignments
  • Assessed teaching practice

Details on Assessment & Grading

Career Options for CELTA Graduates in Australia

With your CELTA in Australia, you can:

  • Teach in private language schools, public schools and private language academies
  • Teach through a teacher exchange program either from government sponsored or through universities

Note - Typically, the CELTA certificate is combined with degree to qualify for teaching opportunities in Australia.

Further Career Pathways

After a few years of teaching, you can take a further qualification like the MA in TESOL or DELTA, and:

  • Become a teacher trainer
  • Teach English in Australian universities or overseas.
  • Become an author; write and publish  ESL course book
  • Become a freelance writer, write and sell course books or teaching materials to language schools
Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I take a CELTA in Australia?

Australia is fast becoming a "teaching-travel" destination, and a CELTA Certificate is recognized by the Australian government as an initial teaching qualification. With a CELTA in Australia, you are exposed to the vast opportunities within the Australian ESL industry. Also, Australia is a largely multicultural country which makes it a popular destination among international ESL students with a demand for ESL teachers. Furthermore, Australia is one of the highest paying countries for a minimum wage.  CELTA qualified teachers in Australia are paid an average of about 75 AUD per hour. Finally, it is relatively easy to obtain a job as a language teacher in Australia using the working holiday visa. Qualified teachers may also apply for permanent visas under the independent general skilled migration program.

Does the location/city in Australia where I take the CELTA matter?

All our Australian CELTA centers meet the requirements of the course as stipulated by the University of Cambridge. Irrespective of the center or city you choose to take your course, you will receive the same standard and the same certificate. However, you may choose a city based on weather, cost of living and other preferences. Perth is an isolated city but with a wider range of salaries for ESL teachers. Adelaide is the cheapest city to live in and is much closer to the wine regions. Sydney is a popular destination for tourist and experiences more rainfall than Melbourne. Brisbane offers a very friendly environment and a community feel.

Can I teach in Australia after my CELTA course?

Absolutely. Australia has a booming ESL industry with demand for qualified teachers with a recognized certificate like the CELTA. You can teach in private language academies, public or private schools. However, you are required to have a university degree to be able to teach in Australia. Alternatively, if you wish to teach outside of Australia, here are the top teaching destinations.

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