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CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), awarded by Cambridge Assessment English, part of the University of Cambridge; is the most recognised initial English Language Teaching qualification in the world.

CELTA is intended for a range of candidates, including primarily:

  • Candidates who are entirely new to teaching.
  • Candidates who have taught languages, but with little or no previous training.
  • Candidates who have taught other subjects and wish to take up language teaching.

CELTA may also be suitable for:

  • Candidates who have received previous training in language teaching, but feel the need for an up-dated course, for a more practical qualification, or for a more internationally recognised certificate.  

Successful candidates will be able to join the IH Alumni network and take advantage of recruitment opportunities in the 160 International House centres, in over 50 countries worldwide.  Visit to see where your CELTA could take you.


CELTA is the most widely-recognised EFL qualification worldwide.  In fact, 7 out of 10 employers worldwide ask for CELTA, according to a survey of 500 English language teaching job adverts posted across 23 international industry employment websites during April 2015.  CELTA is regulated by Ofqual at level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework in the UK.  This is equivalent to level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland.  See for more details on equivalence.  IH Dublin is accredited by Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS), part of QQI.  We are also accredited by EAQUALS, a leading professional association for language education throughout the world and Marketing English in Ireland.


CELTA Courses



Full-time Courses (4 weeks):  Monday - Friday, 09.00-17.15


Location - Dublin

January: 7th January to 1st February

February: 4th February to 1st March

March: 4th to 29th March

April: 8th April to 3rd May

May: 7th to 31st May

June: 4th to 28th June

July: 8th July to 2nd August

August: 12th August to 6th September

September: 16th September to 11th October

October: 14th October to 8th November

November: 18th November to 13th December


Location - Waterford

Summer Courses: Dates TBC


Full-time Course Fee: €1795.00

(This includes the Cambridge assessment fee of €192, registration fee of €70 and materials fee of €50)

Part-time / Online (blended) CELTA (15 WEEKS)*


Autumn Course:

Online: 2nd September to 13th December

Face to Face: 7th to 11th October and 11th to 15th November, (Dublin) or TBC (Waterford)


Part-time / Online Course Fee: €1795.00

(This includes Cambridge fees of €193.50, registration fee of €70 and materials fee of €50)


*The content, requirements and assessment are the same for full-time and part-time / online CELTA.  As a result, on the official CELTA certificate, it does not state the mode of study and does not differentiate.