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How Long is the TEFL Course?

For many learners, a question often asked is 'how long is the TEFL course?' Here we explain that obtaining your TEFL qualification might not take as long as you think!

When it comes to putting a timeframe on obtaining your teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, it can vary. This depends on the method in which you get your TEFL qualification, which affects the length of the course, as well as your previous abilities and the teacher you have. 

Many online TEFL courses are entirely self-paced. This means you can schedule the qualification around your needs and schedule.

How you obtain a TEFL qualification

Obtain your TEFL qualification from any location and learn to teach English abroad to students entirely online. You can learn no matter where you are, any time of day and you can fit it into your schedule. This flexibility means you can obtain your qualification while you are at University, during a break at work or after work.

The latest video conferencing software is used so that you can learn from home effectively.

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How long does it take to get a TEFL certification?

As mentioned, the length of your TEFL course might vary depending on your previous experience; however, the process does not take a long duration of time. We always suggest taking your time during the course, so you can effectively absorb the information provided.

A TEFL certification is what most hiring schools are on the lookout for when hiring. The minimum number of hours they view as desirable is 120 hours. Most schools require you to have 120 hours of training. If you want to obtain that competitive edge, however, we recommend doing more hours, if you can.

Don’t feel overwhelmed with that number, as you can complete the course at your own pace. Think about it this way. If you studied for 4 hours each day, it would only take you a month to obtain 120 hours of training. As previously stated, we do recommend taking your time with your TEFL training, though, so you don’t put too much stress on yourself and burnout.

Courses are designed to be flexible so that you can fit it into your hectic lifestyle, whether you are working full-time or studying at University.

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When should you start working towards your TEFL certification?

For most people, they are not sure when to start studying for their TEFL qualification. Everyone has their own unique situation that leads them to undertake this course. We recommend beginning the course as soon as you know that you will require this certification.

Starting as soon as possible means you can understand the material thoroughly and will enable you to practise what you learn, and you can apply for jobs sooner.

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Start your TEFL qualification today

Interested in obtaining your TEFL qualification? You can start today with the help of British Study Centres. No matter where you are located in the world, you can begin learning from your own home and plan your learning around your schedule.

We hope this TEFL article has helped with your understanding of how long a TEFL course will take. Everyone is an individual, which means you will learn at your own pace, so we hope you know that the time it takes you to complete this course might differ from others, and that is okay.

If you have any questions about your TEFL course, or you are not sure which course to do, you can fill out our enquiry form, and we will answer as soon as possible. Remember, there is no short cut to success; you have to be willing to put the time and effort towards this qualification.  


Want to learn more about studying TEFL? Talk to our Teacher Training team now and let us help you.