At a glance

The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a highly-regarded internationally recognised qualification awarded by Cambridge English. It is for native or near native (equivalent to IELTS 7.5 or above) English speakers who have little or no previous English language teaching experience. It is also ideal for more experienced teachers without an equivalent qualification.

Start dates

ENROLMENTS CLOSED for 26 February (4 weeks) // Monday 22 July (4 weeks)

Course length

4 weeks

Hours per week


Levels available

Native (or near native) speakers of English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent)

Course fees

4 Weeks: $3,500

What you will learn

  • About learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning for the effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Candidates will participate in input sessions, plan lessons, research and complete four written assignments, undertake teaching practice on classes of adult students, receive feedback about teaching practice and observe experienced teachers. CELTA is a very intensive course and the focus is on acquiring practical skills in a supportive environment.


Applications and selection are continuous, and are processed as they arrive. Don't miss out on your preferred course by applying late. Depending on the number of participants, there may be a waiting list. Applications received less than one week before a course may not be accepted.

Candidates are selected by means of an application form, a pre-interview task and/or an interview in person (or by phone/Skype for applicants outside of Christchurch)

Click the Download tab for the CELTA application form and pre-interview task
Email to request the application documents.

Please forward completed applications to:
CELTA Application,
CCEL, PO Box 31212,
Christchurch 8444,
New Zealand

Please note, all successful applicants will be police vetted (this is a legal requirement for anyone who may have contact with students under the age of 18).

Successful applicants will be expected to complete the Cambridge pre-course task (in a number of sittings) before the start of their course.


To meet the assessment requirements candidates are required to attend the course and teach for six hours on practice classes, observe experienced teachers teaching adult learners for a total of six hours, and maintain and submit a portfolio of all course work including assignments, lesson plans and feedback.

The assessment is continuous and integrated. The course is internally assessed and externally moderated by an external assessor appointed by Cambridge.