2 teachers discussing with each other

CELTA trainees are assessed on their teaching practice performances, their written assignments and their overall level of professionalism.  Note that assessment is ongoing throughout the course – there is no test or examination at the end.

Trainees who complete the course will have a grade recommended to Cambridge English by their tutors.  When this is approved, Cambridge English will send them certificates that state their official grade.  The grades can be:

  • Pass A
  • Pass B
  • (Standard) pass
  • Fail

Please note that while the majority of CELTA trainees pass the course, a few trainees do not – either because they fail to complete the course or they fail to achieve the standard required to pass it.

It commonly takes Cambridge English six-to-eight weeks to send out official certificates.  In the meantime, British Council Colombo will give trainees who successfully complete the course an unofficial certificate, stating their provisional grades, and a report.  These can be used to apply for jobs before the official certificates arrive from the United Kingdom.