What is the Cambridge CELTA?

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The  CELTA certificate, the number one TEFL qualification in the world, opens doors to an exciting and varied career in the global EFL industry.

International House World Organisation

  • A pioneer in teacher training with 60 years of experience
  • A global network over 160 schools in 52 countries
  • IH Alumni consisting of industry experts and teachers around the world

Why do your CELTA at International House Sydney?

With IH Sydney being an English Language school with students from diverse backgrounds, you will have plenty of hands-on and simulated practice, making you ready for the real classroom.

  • CELTA at International House Sydney has passed the high quality tests to receive the NEAS Endorsed ELT Qualification status
  • CELTA is Level 5 RQF (UK), which is considered to be equivalent to Level 5 AQF

The highest number of CELTA courses in the industry with a variety of delivery modes

    • Full-time courses every 4 weeks
    • Part-time courses every 10 weeks
    • Online (blended) course 3 times a year

Successful employment on completion

    • Visits from Director of Studies of reputable schools
    • IH Sydney ALUMNI Job Board
    • IH World Job Board

Opportunities for immediate job placement

  • IH Sydney, Bondi, Melbourne, Darwin, Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Laos centres
  • Career Session on resume and interview tips

Experienced and dedicated CELTA trainers

  • Dedicated in-house trainers who are in touch with the current methodologies and key local industry personnel
  • Our senior trainers are active in conferences and seminars around the world, e.g. Cambridge, IH World Organisation, and English Australia
  • All IH Sydney trainers are accredited by Cambridge University and highly experienced
  • An average of 15 years of teaching/training experience
  • Cambridge DELTA, PGCE, MEd (TESOL/ Applied Linguistics)

Supportive environment

  • The small team of professional trainers who have been working together for years will help you perform the best you can during the very intensive weeks of training

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Carolina Tovar -CELTA graduate

“I learned a great deal about teaching students from a diverse range of backgrounds, across all age groups, and all levels of proficiency. Not only were the trainers incredibly knowledgeable and informative, their insightful feedback and overall approachability and kindness made a huge difference in my development”

Study Mode

Full-time online or on campus

Mon- Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm.

4 weeks on campus.

5 weeks online delivered via Zoom.


Part-time online or on campus

Tues & Thurs 5:40pm – 9:30pm. Plus eight Saturdays per start date. Sat 9am – 4pm.

10 weeks on campus or online. Online delivered via Zoom.


12 weeks online (Blended) CELTA

12 weeks. Online via a Moodle and Zoom. 

Week 1- 12 TESOL methodology  and teaching practice.

TP 5-9.30pm(*), two days per week, Weeks 9,10,11 & 12.

*Subject to change

Key Features

Key Features

  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • High job prospects as IH Sydney has its internal recruitment system
  • 4 weeks full time,10 weeks part time,12 weeks online
  •  Optional graduate internship
  • Taught by highly skilled and experienced trainers
  • No previous teaching experience required
  • Develops job ready skills
  • International job prospects

Who is CELTA designed for?

  • Native or near native English speakers
  • People who want to turn their interest and enthusiasm for language, travel and other cultures into a career or unique experience
  • People starting a career in English language teaching
  • Experienced teachers who want to further develop their communicative teaching skills
  • People looking for a formal teaching qualification
  • Career changers or people looking for a career break

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to plan a lesson and select or adapt materials accordingly
  • The ability to deliver effective lessons covering language and skills at a range of levels
  • The ability to manage and motivate a class of adult learners
  • The ability to adapt teaching techniques to the learning context

More information about Cambridge CELTA

Course Content:

120 contact hours, which include:

Input sessions:

These explore teaching methodologies  such as: how to teach speaking, writing, reading, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and function; how to analyse language; how to teach adults in a variety of contexts; lesson planning; how to adapt and create classroom materials; factors affecting motivation, cultural backgrounds and learning styles.

Teaching practice:
  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice
  • Time to ask your tutor questions about your teaching practice lessons
  • Six hours observing lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • A minimum of 120 hours self-study at home including required course reading, lesson preparation and course assignments
How we Teach:

English language teaching at International House Sydney is based on Communicative Language Teaching methodology. The central principles that surround this approach to language teaching are based on students being very active and engaged in the classroom. Lessons are ‘student-centred’, allowing students to participate fully and discover English with their teacher facilitating this process. For learning to be successful, students must be motivated, and by encouraging and engaging our students, we achieve very positive learning outcomes.


Successful graduates of the Cambridge CELTA course may choose to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Certificate IV in TESOL. If you are interested in applying for RPL for the Certificate IV in TESOL contact us to discuss the requirements further.

We have formal articulation agreements with a number of universities where you can be granted credit/exemptions towards a degree. View the list of universities.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have a standard of education required for entry into higher education
  • Have an awareness of language, and a competence in both written and spoken English

( NB: Non-native speakers with an overall CEFR C1+ level  )

A pre-course interview will assess your potential to develop the skills required to pass the course


You are assessed throughout the course on your:

  • 6 hours of teaching practice (includes lesson planning, classroom teaching and self-evaluation)
  • 4 written assignments (between 750- and 1000 words each), and overall professionalism

There is no final examination


 Full Time Start Dates

Classes are held Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

  • 4 weeks on campus at our Sydney City location- Level 1, 203 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia.
  • 5 weeks online via Zoom.


2021 Start Dates
4 Jan – 29 Jan on campus
1 Feb– 5 Mar online
 1 Mar – 26 Mar on campus
*29 Mar – 30 Apr online
10 May – 4 Jun on campus
7 Jun – 2 Jul on campus
5 Jul – 30 Jul online
2 Aug – 27 Aug on campus
30 Aug – 24 Sep on  campus
27 Sep – 22 Oct online
25 Oct – 19 Nov on campus
22 Nov – 17 Dec on campus

*2021 Easter weekend April 2nd-5th and Anzac Day April 26th

 Part Time Start Dates

10 weeks. Classes are held on Tuesday & Thursday evening from 5:40pm – 9:30pm.

Plus, eight Saturdays per start date 9am -4pm.

  • On campus at our Sydney City location- Level 1, 203 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia.
  • Online via Zoom.


2021  Start dates
9 Jan – 18 Mar online. (Saturdays: Jan 9; Jan 16;  Jan 30; Feb 6; Feb 13; Feb 20; Feb 27; Mar 6)
 20 Mar – 27 May on campus (Saturdays: Mar 20; Mar 27; Apr 10; Apr 17; May 1; May 8; May 15; May 22)

29 May – 5 Aug online. (Saturdays: May 29; June 5; June 19; June 26; Jul 3; Jul 10; July 17; July 24)
7 Aug – 14 Oct online.    (Saturdays: Aug 7; Aug 14; Aug 21; Aug 28; Sep 4; Sep 11; Sep 18; Sep 25)

16 Oct – 23 Dec on campus. (Saturdays: Oct 16; Oct 23; Oct 30; Nov 6; Nov 13; Nov 20; Nov 27; Dec 4)

Please note that the Saturday dates may be subject to change.

 Online (Blended) CELTA-12 weeks

2021 Start Dates
22 Feb -14 May
15 Jun – 3 Sep
20 Sep – 10 Dec

Week 1-12: You will need to spend 8-10 hours per week, and you must meet submission deadlines for assessments. There are 1-2 assessments per week.

Teaching Practice 5-9.30pm(*), two days per week, Week 9, 10, 11 & 12. Subject to change

 Delivered fully online via Moodle and Zoom.



Dates for Free Information Nights

  Information Sessions


Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15






CELTA Course Fees: All modes of delivery

 Course fee: Cambridge assessment fee  Total
 $3,295 $250 $3,545

* CELTA deposits are non refundable

CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL Course Fees:

 CELTA Course Certificate IV in TESOL  Total
$3,545 $500 $4,045


CELTA Promotion

For new applications from the 21st of October 2020 to the 30th of June 2021!.

  • Certificate IV in TESOL $500 fee waived for all CELTA students
  • Free Introduction to Grammar online or Advanced Grammar online for CELTA students

CELTA + Professional Development Course:

 CELTA course fee Assessment fee Teaching Younger Learners Online course  Total
$3,295 $250 $180 $3,725


How to Apply:


  • Complete section 1 of the application form with your personal details
  • Complete section 2 of the application form with course details
  • Complete  section 3 of the application form by writing at least 100 words for each of the 3 questions and complete the Language Awareness Task


Once we have received and assessed your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview. These are generally face to face and in a group format. For applicants living outside Sydney area, the interview can be conducted on the telephone or Skype.


The interview involves a discussion of the pre- interview task, ideas about teaching and learning, details about the course structure and requirements, and an opportunity for candidates to ask further questions. The total time for the interview is approximately 2 hours.


Enrolment is subject to successful completion of the interview.