The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English, part of the University of Cambridge in the UK.  It used to be known as the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

CELTA is internationally recognised and one of the most widely taken courses of its kind. Each year, over 10,000 people choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities.


You need to have a high standard of competence in both written and spoken English and a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, although applicants with no formal qualifications will also be considered.

All candidates are selected on the basis of an interview and application tasks designed to assess language awareness, literacy skills and aptitude. 



Tuition fees are AUD$ 3,200. Other costs are for the required books and moderation fee (£152 - paid in the Australian dollar equivalent at the time of payment).



CELTA at UQ-ICTE is offered as a 4-week full-time course and an 11-week semi-intensive course including eight Saturdays (4.5 hours per day).

CELTA full-time course dates

Typical course hours: 9.00am - 5.15pm from Monday to Friday.

Friday 4 January 2019 – Friday 1 February 2019
Application closing date: Friday 12 October 2018

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Thursday, 18 & Friday 19 October 2018, 9am - 12pm

Monday 3 June 2019 – Friday 28 June 2019
Application closing date: Friday 22 March 2019

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Thursday, 28 & Friday 29 March 2019, 9am - 12pm

CELTA semi-intensive course dates

Typical course hours: 4.30pm - 9.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9.00am - 3.00pm on Saturdays

Saturday 2 February 2019 – Thursday 18 April 2019
Application closing date: Friday 23 November 2018

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Thursday, 29 & Friday 30 November 2018, 9am - 12pm

Saturday 17 August 2019 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Application closing date: Friday 7 June 2019

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Thursday, 13 & Friday 14 June 2019, 9am - 12pm

*If you are unable to attend an interview on the nominated day(s), please inform UQ-ICTE at the time of submitting your application, so an alternative interview time and/or mode can be organised where possible.

CELTA Information Evenings

Tuesday 22 January 2019 | 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Tuesday 26 March 2019 | 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Eventbrite - 2018 CELTA Information Evenings


Course content

Course content and delivery is highly practical and hands-on and will cover how to:

  • select, adapt and develop your own teaching and learning materials
  • plan and deliver interactive and engaging English language lessons
  • manage a classroom
  • assess and evaluate students’ individual English language skills and their learning process.

Your participation will involve a minimum of 120 contact hours including a combination of:

  • workshops and small group-work activities
  • practical teaching demonstrations
  • observation of experienced teachers
  • supervised practice teaching sessions with real English language learners (6 assessed hours).

You will also need to complete a minimum of 180 hours pre-course preparation, reading, assignment writing and lesson preparation.

For a formal description of the syllabus, download the CELTA course syllabus (PDF, 176KB) from Cambridge English.



Assessment is continuous throughout the course and integrated into all course components. It is based primarily on lesson planning and classroom teaching, with trainer evaluations, and a series of four classroom-based, written assignments.

Candidates compile a portfolio of written work including lesson plans, teaching materials and assignments.

Cambridge Assessment English awards the CELTA to candidates who satisfactorily fulfil all course assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge Assessment English, moderates each course, observes teaching practice and reads candidates’ portfolios to ensure worldwide consistency of standards and grading.



Candidates who have been accepted into a course are recommended to purchase:

  • Parrott, Martin (current edition) Grammar for English Language Teachers. Cambridge University Press
  • Scrivener, Jim (current edition) Learning Teaching. Macmillan

Access to an Advanced Learners’ English Dictionary will also be useful – partial access is available free online:

How to apply

Complete a written application and attend an interview. Get the application pack for full details.


Contact us with any questions or phone +61 7 3346 6770.

What our participants say

screen shot of first video frame showing students at UQ Hear CELTA graduates talk about their experiences during and after the course in video interviews. These interviews address common questions candidates have before starting their CELTA course, such as  'How will I be assessed?' and 'What is the teaching prac like?'

Watch video interviews with CELTA graduates