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.

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 and Laos centres
  • Career Session on resume and interview tips

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

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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Study Mode

4 weeks Full Time

Mon- Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm.

10 weeks Part Time

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

12 weeks Online ( Blended) CELTA

Week 1- 12 TESOL methodology online.

Friday Week 8 & week 9 – 10  face to face at campus.

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 8:45am to 4:45pm.


2019 Sydney City 2020 Sydney City
 7 Jan – 1 Feb 6 Jan – 31 Jan
4 Feb-1 Mar  3 Feb– 28 Feb
 4 Mar- 29 Mar  2 Mar – 27 Mar
 1 Apr-3 May  30 Mar – 1 May * 5wks due to public holidays
 6 May-31 May 4 May -29 May
 3 Jun-28 Jun 1 Jun – 26 Jun
 1 Jul- 26 Jul 29 Jun – 24 Jul
29 Jul- 23 Aug 27 Jul – 21 Aug
 26 Aug-20 Sep 24 Aug – 18 Sep
 23 Sep- 18 Oct 21 Sep – 16 Oct
 21 Oct- 15 Nov 19 Oct – 13 Nov
 18 Nov- 13 Dec 16 Nov – 11 Dec

2019 Bondi

2020 Bondi

21 Jan -15 Feb 3 Feb-28 Feb
18 Feb-15 Mar 19 Oct- 13 Nov
18 Mar-12 Apr
4 Nov-29 Nov


 Part Time Start Dates

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

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

2019 Sydney City 2020 Sydney City
 5 Jan-14 Mar  4 Jan – 12 Mar
 16 Mar-23 May  14 Mar – 21 May
25  May – 1 Aug 23 May – 30 Jul
3 Aug- 10 Oct 1 Aug – 8 Oct
12 Oct- 19 Dec 10 Oct – 15 Dec

2019 Bondi

2020 Bondi

9 Feb -18 Apr 14 Mar-21 May
7 Sept- 14 Nov 10 Oct- 15 Oct


 Online (Blended) CELTA

2020 Start Dates
24 Feb -15 May: 17 Apr (orientation day) + Face to Face teaching practice 20 Apr – 1 May
15 Jun – 4 Sep: 7 Aug (orientation day) + Face to Face teaching practice 10 Aug – 21 Aug
21 Sep – 11 Dec: 13 Nov (orientation day) + Face to Face teaching practice 16 Nov  – 27 Nov


Face-to-face classes will be delivered in either the Bondi Junction or Sydney City school. Location will be announced 2 weeks before the face-to-face commencement date.

* Applications for the CELTA Online course close 4 weeks prior to each start date.



Dates for Free Information Nights

 Information Sessions
 2019 Information Session Nights

23rd Jan, 20th Feb, 20th Mar, 17th Apr, 22nd May, 19th Jun, 17th Jul,14th Aug, 11th Sep, 9th Oct, 6th Nov, 4th Dec






CELTA Course Fees:

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


*Bondi Course fee: Cambridge assessment fee  Total
*$2,795 $250 *$3,045
* CELTA at Bondi promotion. Promotion ends on the 31st of December 2019.
Online (Blended) CELTA Course fee: Cambridge assessment fee  Total
$3,295 $250 $3,545

* CELTA deposits are non refundable

CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL Course Fees:

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


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


Online (Blended) CELTA Course Certificate IV in TESOL  Total
$3,545 $500 $4,045

IH Sydney Cambridge CELTA students can gain two professional development programmes for the price of one.

* 2x Professional development online programmes (Teaching 1 to 1 and Teaching Younger Learners)

Packaged price:

Sydney City CELTA course fee Assessment fee *2 x Professional development programmes  Total
$3,295 $250 $180 $3,725


Bondi CELTA course fee Assessment fee *2 x Professional development programmes  Total
$2,795 $250 $180 $3,225


Online (Blended) CELTA course fee Assessment fee *2 x Professional development programmes  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

Send your application to IH Sydney by post or email also including:

  • A copy of your current resume
  • Evidence of your highest qualification
  • Photo identification such as (licence or passport)

If you don’t have copies, please bring original documents with you at the interview.


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.