The Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT)

The Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT)

  • is an exciting new teaching qualification awarded by Trinity College London that supports the professional development of experienced English language teachers
  • is a Level 6 (Ofqual) qualification, so relevant after an initial Level 5 teacher education certificate and on the way to an advanced Level 7 diploma qualification
  • is for teachers seeking to update, improve and enrich their professional teaching practice
Read about the qualification on the Trinity website

Creating learner-centred classes for real language learning

Course Outline

The course aims are to provide experienced teachers with a deeper understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the Communicative Approach to create a more communicative and effective classroom.

  • Modular and Asynchronous options, so you can organise when to fit the coursework into your schedule.
  • 30 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) of 100 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT)
  • The course content is organised into 9 sessions plus an Introduction to the Course session
  • The course is assessed through 4 written assignments.
  • Course participants develop their ability to evaluate, adapt, create and reflect on the use of context-specific teaching resources

Course Structure


  • 1 online ‘live’ session with the trainers to start off the course.
  • 1 online ‘live’ session of feedback with a trainer per assessment unit.
  • Course length:
    • Window to complete = 25 weeks (based on 4 hour per week dedicated to the course)
    • Fast Track Course = 10 weeks (based on 10 hour per week dedicated to the course).
  • Start dates October, January, and April
  • Access to Ardmore X platform for videos, reading texts, activities, guidance exercises, etc.
  • All assessment completed during the online component course.


  • Access to Ardmore X platform for videos, activities, guidance exercises, etc.
  • Feedback through the platform – written and oral.
  • Window to complete course between October and June.
  • All assessment completed during the online component course.

Skills and knowledge assessed

The skills and knowledge that you will need to demonstrate to attain the CertPT are those that will benefit you in your professional practice.

  • TASK 1: Candidates produce an evaluation of a printed or online teaching/training resource.
  • TASK 2: Candidates produce a rationale for a resource
  • TASK 3: Candidates produce a rationale for an original resource they have created
  • TASK 4: Candidates write a reflection on the use of either the adapted resource (from task 2) or the original resource (from task 3)

Course Content

Creating learner-centred classes for real language learning
What is communicative language teaching?
  • The origins of Communicative Language Teaching.
  • Exploiting teaching materials for communicative purposes.
  • Classroom management for Communicative Language Teaching
Dealing with language in the communicative classroom
  • Task Based Learning
  • Dealing with lexical chunks
  • Teaching grammar communicatively
  • Phonology for listening skills
Teaching through conversation
  • Emerging language
  • Reformulation
Allowing the learner to lead
  • Peer learning and peer assessment
  • Critical Pedagogy in the language classroom
Empowering the teacher

Action Research – practical tools


Entry Requirements

Course participants must have:

a) an initial teacher education qualification, e.g. a Trinity CertTESOL or local state sector qualification


b) substantive teaching experience to the level that allows a candidate to complete the assessment


at least a B2 level in speaking, reading, writing, and listening

Course dates & fees

Asynchronous Course: Start Date: 8 October 2022 Final End date: 24 March 2023

Asynchronous Course fees: £875

Modular Course: Starting on 23 April 2022, 8 October 2022, 28 January 2023, (25 weeks)

Modular Course fees: £1,195

Talk to one of our experienced trainers for helpful advice

We realise that it is an important decision to make and there is a lot of confusing information out there. We are very happy to help with your decision and will give you honest, informed and helpful advice.

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