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What is CELTA?

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, known as CELTA, is the most widely recognised pre-service qualification in the world for teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

CELTA is accredited and administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge. Once you have completed the course and met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments, you will receive a CELTA qualification. (Please note that to teach in Australia, you also need to have a degree.)

CELTA is for people with little or no previous teaching experience. It opens the door to exciting opportunities to teach English all over the world. When you enrol in CELTA with RMIT English Worldwide, we work with you to develop your:

  • skills and confidence in language teaching and classroom management
  • awareness of the English language
  • familiarity with methods and materials for developing English language proficiency in adult learners.

Course structure

The CELTA course comprises:

  • nine teaching practice lessons (total 6 hours)
  • two one on one meetings with the tutor to check your progress
  • four written assignments.

There are a maximum of 18 candidates per class. The class is divided into three groups of six candidates for teaching practice. Candidates give their teaching practice lessons to international students at two different levels of English language proficiency.

RMIT English Worldwide offers both full time and part time CELTA courses.

Full time CELTA course

The full time course is extremely intensive. Classes are held from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for 5 weeks.

Wednesdays are non contact days. Candidates are expected to use Wednesdays for private study and to attend two 2 hour sessions observing experienced teachers running a class. Wednesdays also replace public holidays.

This is a sample timetable.

8.30–10.00 am Workshop 1
10.00–10.15 am Break
10.15–11.30 am Workshop 2
11.30 am –1.00 pm Lunch break
1.00–3.00 pm Teaching practice
3.15–4.00 pm Feedback on teaching practice
4.00–5.00 pm Lesson preparation/consultation with tutor

Candidates are also expected to spend 3 to 4 hours on study and lesson preparation each day.

Part time CELTA course

Part time courses are held from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for 15 weeks. Tuesdays replace public holidays. Workshops and input sessions are held on Monday nights and teaching practice and feedback on Wednesdays.

CELTA course dates and fees

2019 dates:

Start date End date Duration Mode Fee (A$)
05 Aug 2019 13 Nov 2019 15 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Wed
Part time $3100
18 Nov 2019 20 Dec 2019 5 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Full time $3100

2020 dates:

Start date End date Duration Mode Fee (A$)
10 Feb 2020 13 Mar 2020 5 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Full time $3100
16 Mar 2020 24 Jun 2020 15 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Wed
Part time $3100
29 Jun 2020 31 Jul 2020 5 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Full time $3100
3 Aug 2020 11 Nov 2020 15 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Wed
Part time $3100
16 Nov 2020 18 Dec 2020 5 weeks, 120 hours,
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Full time $3100

CELTA course requirements

Applicants must:

  • be aged 18 years or over (preferably aged 20 or over)
  • be eligible for tertiary education in their country of origin
  • understand written and spoken English well enough to follow and complete assignments.

How to apply to CELTA

Apply online

Download application

For further details, contact us.

Free English Classes

RMIT English Worldwide runs free English classes* for students or those who want to improve their English. Classes are suitable for Pre-Intermediate (equivalent to IELTS 5.0) and Upper-Intermediate (equivalent to lELTS 3.5-4.0) levels and are run by teachers in training. Students can enrol at any time during the course.

Full-time classes run from 1.00 to 3.00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 
Courses start in February, June and November and go for 5 weeks.

Part-time classes run from 6.00 to 8.00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. 
Courses run from March to June and from August to November over 15 weeks.

If you are interested, please contact Reception to register.

Call us on +61 3 9657 5800 or visit us at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne, Building 108, Level 10, 235–251 Bourke Street.

*Please note a A$20 registration fee applies. Refer to the CELTA course dates and fees for exact dates. Read more 

Prepare for CELTA

  • Do our Grammar Fundamentals short course first. Comprising four evening classes over two weeks, this course will help you brush up on grammar terminology and work out what skills you need to develop.
  • Be prepared to be very busy when the course starts. People who have studied CELTA say, ‘You won’t have time to do anything else’. Believe them. It’s true. If you want to do the full time course, you won’t even have time for a part time job. If you cannot take time off work, then do the part time course.
  • Let your friends and family know you’ll be busy. Suspend your gym membership, tell your book club you’ll be absent etc.
  • Get organised. Make sure you have all the books and stationery you’ll need.
  • Set aside a space at home where you can prepare lessons in peace.
  • Talk to someone who has done a CELTA course. It helps to hear other people’s stories and get their advice.

Meet our CELTA tutors

The benefits of CELTA

  • Our CELTA graduates have taught all over the world.
  • Make a difference—English will have a very positive impact on learners’ lives.
  • Meet like-minded people who’ve had amazing life experiences.
  • Enjoy a new career challenge.

Career opportunities for graduates

There are several places to start your job search as a CELTA graduate, including:

Dave’s ESL Café jobs
International House

Hear from our CELTA graduates

Kaylene Barr

Nenia Malupa

Orest Mikulin


Am I eligible for CELTA?

Applicants must:

  • be aged 18 years or over (preferably aged 20 or over)
  • be eligible for tertiary education in their country of origin
  • understand written and spoken English well enough to follow and complete assignments.

Why choose CELTA?

CELTA is accredited and administered by the University of Cambridge and is a globally recognised qualification. Other courses may not be recognised by international authorities and so could cause problems getting a visa. Shorter courses are unlikely to meet the National ELICOS Standards of a minimum of 100 contact hours and 6 hours of supervised, assessed teaching practice for teachers in Australian institutions.

How important is the institution when considering where to study CELTA?

Your certificate, issued by Cambridge English Language Assessment, will be accompanied by a report issued in the name of the university or college where you train. A reputable institution with global recognition will open more doors for you.

How do I know CELTA is right for me?

The application process includes a pre-interview language task (see the CELTA online application form) and an interview. These are used to assess your ability to complete the course successfully and your commitment to its intensive schedule.

How hard is it to get into CELTA?

Not every applicant is offered a place. CELTA candidates are selected based on their performance in a pre-interview language task and interview. Our expert trainers will assess your application and interview to see if you have the potential to succeed in this demanding course.

Do I have to know all about grammar before I do CELTA?

The focus of CELTA is on teaching you to teach, not teaching you grammar. This is why the application process is so important, and why we may recommend you take our Grammar Fundamentals short course before you start.

Apply online now.

Is CELTA the same as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)?

CELTA is for teachers who want to teach English to students in their home country or overseas. TEFL, however, is only an entry-level English teaching certification covering basic teacher training to teach non-native English speakers overseas.