Accreditation is recognition from an external body that an organisation and/or Certificate course meets a particular standard.

The Awarding Body which accredits your TESOL qualification is of paramount importance, consider it carefully.

Quality Assurance

INTESOL has attained the NCFE Investing in Quality Licence (IIQ) which means our courses have been independently accredited by NCFE.

If you wish to confirm our status under the IIQ accreditation scheme you can do so by emailing


As the leading provider of quality TEFL/TESOL courses across the world INTESOL is proud to bring you qualifications which have been accredited as being at NQF Levels 4 and 5 by NCFE.

NCFE is regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator). If the accrediting body which accredits your course is UK based and is not on the Ofqual register it is not government regulated. To check that NCFE is on the Ofqual register please click on the following link:

Knowing that the TESOL/TEFL qualification you seek to obtain will be internationally recognised is important. Before deciding on the TEFL/TESOL course you will study it is essential that the course provider can satisfy you with answers to the following questions:

  • Is the course provider independently accredited and inspected?
  • Can potential employers check directly with the independent authority responsible for accreditation?
  • Is a contact address, name, phone number and contact email address provided?
  • Does the advertising and promotional material give a clear and truthful account of the courses offered, especially regarding level?
  • Is a course syllabus available?
  • Is tutor support of high quality and consistent throughout the provision and do all the tutors have appropriate qualifications and experience?
  • Is the prospective learner made aware, prior to enrolment, of all the terms and conditions of the course?
  • Can prospective learners talk to a responsible person at the provider institution and ask any questions they wish?
  • Is there adequate course documentation describing the goals, scope, nature and procedures of the course to enable participants to make informed decisions about enrolment?
  • Is assessment linked to accreditation by nationally recognised bodies?

Studying an NCFE accredited qualification with INTESOL

What This Means to You, the Student!

  • It means your training is of the highest quality.
  • It means your qualification fits into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), a requirement often asked for by potential employers worldwide.
  • It means your course is moderated and the procedures are checked by an external body.
  • It means you will receive 2 certificates, one from INTESOL and one from NCFE with no extra expense to you.
  • It means you will receive a Candidate Unit Summary from the accrediting body showing what you have studied.
  • It means that employers worldwide will know that your course is of a high academic standard.
  • It means your course provider is inspected annually.
  • It means your course provider and your accrediting body are investing in quality and will give excellent service.
  • It means we don't just pay an annual fee to an association so we can put their logo on our website. We take accreditation seriously - so should you!

ODLQC is the British Government's guardian of quality in open and distance learning. It was set up in 1968 to enhance quality in education and training. It aims to protect the interests of learners by operating a voluntary registration scheme for providers of home study, distance learning, online and other open learning courses.

INTESOL WORLDWIDE has passed stringent evaluation to achieve Provider Accreditation Status from the ODLQC. This means INTESOL WORLDWIDE is recognised as a quality provider of training courses which are monitored by an independent, external awarding body. It's not just the quality of INTESOL courses that ODLQC assesses, but the whole process from start to finish.


The ODLQC Guarantee

INTESOL is accredited by ODLQC, the national body for quality in open and distance learning.
This means that INTESOL has achieved the standards set by the Council, who are satisfied
that the service you, the learner, receive from INTESOL will be of good quality.

If it is not, or you cannot resolve a dispute with INTESOL, please let us know at ODLQC. Write to: Learner Support, ODLQC, 44 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4LL and we will look into your case.

The ODLQC Code of Practice

  1. To maintain the quality of service to our students, in terms of learning materials, tutorial and administrative support, to at least the standards being achieved at the time when accreditation was granted;
  2. To ensure that any requirements stipulated by Council as a result of the accreditation process are met as soon as practicable and the actions taken are reported to Council;
  3. To observe at all times the standards required by Council;
  4. To take all possible steps to enhance the quality of service to our students;
  5. To ensure that any major changes affecting the services offered to our open and/or distance learning students are formally brought to the attention of the Council's Secretary without delay;
  6. To take prompt action when dealing with student complaints;
  7. To act in partnership with the Council in promoting good practice in open and distance learning;
  8. To submit an annual report as required by Council.


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