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
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.