LEGALISING YOUR UK TEFL CERTIFICATE

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When you have received a job offer to teach English abroad, you may be asked to provide an apostille for your TEFL certificate. This is just another way of saying that it should be legalised so that it is valid in another country.

To legally work abroad, you first of all need to apply for a working visa. This can seem like a daunting task at first but with a little preparation, time management and organisation it can be a smooth and painless process.

The legalisation procedure in 5 simple steps

Step 1 – Get all your documents together

Carefully review the list of required documents from the school where you will be working. These will differ from school to school but broadly speaking the 3 most important documents to collate will be:

1. A minimum 120-hour TEFL/TESOL qualification certificate.
2. A Criminal Record Check. (not always required)
3. University Degree (not always required)

All documents must be legalised in the country in which they were issued. This means that all students worldwide who studied The TEFL Academy’s TEFL course must get their certificate legalised in the UK.

Step 2 – Getting a document to prove you don’t have a criminal record

You may need to apply to whatever organisation deals with this document in your country.
Where you apply depends on where you live. You may be able to apply online, although in some countries you must attend in person. You will probably have to pay for this service.

Step 3 – Get your documents certified (also known as notarised)

When you have received your criminal record notification, take a copy of it and your other documents and keep the copies with the originals. Then take all the documents to be certified (notarised). This means the copies are signed and stamped as copies of a genuine document.

In some countries you can only have your documents legalised by a Notary Public (search Google for your nearest one). In other countries a lawyer, bank, doctor or accountant can do this for you.

Step 4 – Have your documents legalised

You now send off the certified copies of your documents to the relevant government department. They will attach a stamped official certificate called an apostille to each document and send them back to you. Your documents are now legalised.

Step 5 – Get your documents attested

Take all your legalised documents to the Embassy (for the country in which you wish to teach) or consulate nearest to where you live. It may be an idea to phone the Embassy or consulate in your country to enquire if the documents can be sent by post of whether you must present them in person. The process normally takes between 3 and 4 days. Once you’ve got the documents back you can then send them to your employer. If you can’t get to the Embassy in person, there are many companies that can provide this service remotely, search for “Embassy attestation” in your local area.

Remember employers will usually cover the cost of this entire process, so don’t forget to ask them when applying for jobs!

 

Comments:

Hi Fionnuala,

I just have received a job offer in China and I need to legalise my TEFL certificate. Can you provide the information on how to legalise my document?

Thank you!

Karol Dolecki, 5th February 2020

Hi, can you also please send me and email with information about the notary to get my documents legalized? Thank you!

Michael O'Kennedy, 24th January 2020

Please forward the information regarding notarization to my email as well. I reside in South Africa.

Annegret, 20th December 2019

Good day

Can you email me the email for authenticating my TEFL certificate aswell please. I recently finished my course and are based in Cape Town.

Regards
Leroy

Leroy, 19th December 2019

Hey
I completed my Tefl and I haven’t got the certificate yet , I only have the pdf can I notarize the pdf and where. I am in South Africa Pretoria.

Madisema, 21st November 2019

Hi

I am about to complete my TEFL certification with the TEFL Academy as only have assignment 3 to complete of which I hopefully expect to complete in the next 2 weeks and enquiring if I can have the certificate for when I pass notarised before issuing. This would save me a heap of time especially with having to post from Australia to the UK and back to Australia as I am planning to leave for Vietnam in November in search of work. If not can you advise the quickest way for having the certificate notarised?

David Mann, 27th September 2019

I have a hard copy of both mine and my girlfriends TEFL certificate.

I need to get both documents notarised and legalised before flying out of the country on the 20th.

Can this be done?

Do you have any recommendations of services that can help me quickly and efficiently get this do this?

Alexander Hoyte, 10th September 2019

Hello Henry, yes that is correct the company is registered in Ireland, but our certificates are issued and accredited in the UK. You will be able to get your TEFL qualification legalised in the UK since our certificates are awarded there. I can assure you that we have a lot of students who have had their certificates legalized within the UK and are now teaching abroad. We have sent you an email with information on a notary that we recommend to our students, they will legalise certificates for China work visa’s. 🙂

Ed Phillips, 16th July 2019

Hi team at the TEFL academy,

Like many here I have also received my TEFL certificate. I’m planning on heading out to work in Vietnam. Any idea what the procedure is to get my certificate work ready as I am located in the Netherlands?

Greatly appreciated 🙂

Ricky Schjelde, 24th June 2019

Hi, I have received a job offer in Vietnam and need to get my TEFL legalised before leaving for Vietnam , any suggestions or easy routes to getting it legalised in the UK from Ireland ? Thank you

Brian Mcloughlin, 16th April 2019

Hi, I am from South Africa. Recently passed my TEFL course and i am needing to getting my certificate Authenticated.
Could I please get the information regarding the notarization and legalization of my TEFL certificate? I did the TEFL course through you guys at the TEFL Academy. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

Daryl Leong, 19th March 2019

Hi, I am from South Africa. Could I please get the information regarding the notarization and legalization of my TEFL certificate? I did the TEFL course through you guys at the TEFL Academy. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

Carmen Manthe, 5th March 2019

Good evening

I have received my certificate from The TEFL Academy, do I now have to send it back to the UK to get apostilled?

Kind regards
Cara Stirton

Cara Stirton, 5th December 2018

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