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Gain internationally accredited

TEFL 190hour Certificate or Diploma in TESOL Certificate

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


It is the process through which your skills, knowledge and experience can be converted into an internationally recognized qualifications.

Being awarded qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to study what you already know. Instead you provide evidence that you already have the knowledge and skills that studying the qualification would give you.

Evidence for an RPL assessment can be attained through both paid and voluntary work. Qualifications gained through RPL range from Certificates and Diplomas.

Being awarded Internationally recognised qualifications through RPL shows employers what you know, and gives you an important feeling of self-worth.


Get Recognition for your Experience.


The term "RPL" is the term used to include or be equivalent to credit".  RPL is "credit" given as a result of past studies, and past or current experience.

You may be eligible for full or partial Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), depending on your existing relevant qualifications, years of general teaching experience, and years of ESL teaching experience.

RPL is the formal acknowledgment of knowledge and skills obtained through activities such as:

  • formal courses and training programs e.g. at University or College

  • informal courses or training e.g. in preparation for volunteer work

  • private study e.g. done for enjoyment via the internet

  • employment e.g. skills and knowledge gained through employment

  • life experience e.g. as a result of experience in overseas travel​


In general, RPL will only apply if you have:​

  1. Existing qualifications in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or Teaching English as a Foreign Language), OR

  2. Documentation to support significant and successful past experience in TEFL & TESOL.

Frequently asked questions:



The evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit of competency. Some examples of evidence include:

  • Past Studies

    • copies of qualifications you have received and academic transcripts showing exact subjects or topics

    • actual work you completed for past studies (e.g. essays or assignments)

  • Workplace Documents produced by you (in paid or voluntary capacity)

    • training session plans and work programs

    • learning materials

    • assessment tools

  • Audio/Video Recordings

    • E.g. of you teaching or assessing

  • Third Party Reports

    • references from your employers

    • supervisors' reports

    • student testimonials

    • peer/colleague testimonials

  • Any Other Evidence

    • E.g. documents from workshops, seminars and conferences

​Please refer to the Unit Evidence Records in the RPL Guide for suggested evidence for different units of competency. 

RPL can only be given to a person where they have evidence that is:

  • Valid - the evidence represents and matches the unit's requirements

  • Sufficient - the evidence is enough to show that you are competent in all of the requirements of the unit

  • Authentic - it can be verified that the evidence you have submitted is genuinely your own work, qualifications, experience, etc.

  • Current - the evidence shows your current ability and how it meets current industry standards


You can claim RPL for as many units as you can provide evidence for. If you submit appropriate evidence for all of the units, and an assessor deems that the evidence does show you are competent, then RPL can be granted for the full TEFL 190hour Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

If you are not able to receive full RPL, you will be advised of what 'gap' training and assessment is needed in order for you to receive the full qualification.



Generally this will depend on how long it takes for you to gather and provide the evidence, and how easy it is for the assessor to confirm that the evidence is valid, sufficient, authentic and current. It will also depend on how much (if any) gap training is required.



The best way to find out how many units you can get RPL for is to read through the RPL Guide and have a look at the examples of evidence section and the 'Evidence of the following to be collected:' column for each unit. This will give you an idea of the existing skills or knowledge that you need to have and what sort of evidence you'll need to be able to produce/collect.

If you find that there are a lot of units that you don't have the experience or evidence for, you may want to look at doing the course via distance education or in one of our class locations.




You can Enrol online or physically. Generally a person seeking RPL Enrols via distance education, however you can also Enrol in one of the class locations.





  1. Enrol in RPL process.

  2. Please make the initial payment for the starting of the process.

  3. Read and complete the RPL Guide after you receive it.

  4. Gather any applicable documents as evidence of your prior learning.

  5. Send it to Lanka TEFL for assessing.

  6. You will receive an Invoice for the balance payment after the assessment.

  7. You will receive your Certificate or Diploma.



  1. An assessor will do an initial assessment of your evidence and if needed will contact you to discuss your submission.

  2. The assessor will then let you know of the level of RPL you are likely to receive, what gap training is required (if any). They will then check if you are happy to proceed with the course.

  3. If you are happy to proceed you will need to either pay your course fees upfront or agree to a payment plan.

  4. At this stage, you may be required to supply additional documentation or complete gap training.

  5. Once you have been assessed as competent in all of the units, you will be sent your internationally accredited TEFL 190hour Certificate and Competency Transcript or Diploma in TESOL Certificate and Competency Transcript.

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