IH Teacher Trainer Cert.

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13 May - 05 Aug 2023
Online Training 100% Online PT £633
14 Oct - 13 Jan 2024
Online Training 100% Online PT £633


The complete course price is £633 plus 20% VAT if you will be taking this course while in the UK, or your employer is a UK-based company. 

If you have completed an online course with IH OTTI in the previous 12 months, there is a loyalty discount of 10% and the price for teachers working in an IH school is £538Just let us know on the application form if you would like to claim these discounts. 

Who is this course designed for

The International House Teacher Trainer Certificate is for experienced teachers who want to move into the field of teacher training. The course provides some theoretical background and frameworks, but it is not intended to replace the existing observation and training-up process that is place for many courses.

The course is designed to enable trainers to work on a number of pre-service and in-service teacher training courses, but more reference will be made to the CELTA type of course.

Given the observation and feedback roles of many middle management teaching jobs, the course is also suitable for a teacher who is working in an in-house teacher development context.

Other reasons people have taken this course include:

  • Advancing their careers and be able to make the maximum impact in the teaching profession;
  • To be better mentors and deliver relevant and transformative personal development sessions;
  • Wanting to hire quality teachers for a not-for-profit school for refugees and being able to equip them with the heart and skills to teach competently;
  • Gaining knowledge on conducting training workshops and courses;
  • Improving knowledge with a formal certificate to increase future employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

To do this course, you should be either:

  • A DELTA-qualified teacher who is planning a move into teacher training.
  • An experienced teacher without DELTA who wishes to run in-service courses in your own context.
  • An Academic Manager who wishes to develop your in-house Teacher Development role.

Please note that online applications close on the Wednesday before the course starts. But we sometimes have late availability, so please get in touch with the admissions team on ihotti@ihworld.com and we will see if there are any last minute spaces.

Course objectives

The aim of this course is to prepare course participants for the main issues and techniques involved in teacher training. These include observing an initial teacher training course or assisting on an in-service teacher development course. It will also help a more senior teacher develop in their in-house Teacher Development role.


Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I need to devote to studying? We recommend at least 7-10 hours each week reading, completing tasks, and joining in the discussion forums. 

Are there live sessions? No. This course is asynchronous meaning you can access materials and discussion forums whenever it suits you. 

Do I have to be a teacher trainer now? No, this course is designed for people who want to develop these skills.

Do I have to read other books? No. We provide all the materials and links that you need. 

Can I join after the start date? Sorry, no. Your whole group learns together to discusses themes and topics, so you need to be there from the start.

How many people will be in my group? Usually between 8 and 12.

Will I get a certificate? Yes. See below!


Course content

There are 12 modules on this course, with one module covered per week. These include:

  •  An introduction to teacher training and development
  • The skills of a teacher trainer
  • Understanding a trainee and the environment training is taking place
  • Reading your audience and managing difficulties
  • Developing training sessions
  • Support in the (trainee) teacher
  • Developing a teacher development programme
  • Organising an in-house observation
  • Managing feedback
  • The assessment process
  • Technology in the training world
  • Reading and research
  • An introduction to reflective practice

Throughout the course, you will complete a range of input, discussion and research-based tasks. There will be a two-week period at the end where you will have time to complete a final reflective task.

This course is asynchronous which means you can access the material online whenever it suits you. You do not need to log on at a certain time every week, so the course suits busy lifestyles, work and/or family commitments, and a variety of time differences.


There are twelve weeks of tutor led input on this course. After this you will have two weeks to complete and submit your portfolio of work ready for assessment. 

Your time commitment

Study time on the course should be approximately seven to 10 hours per week, roughly one to two hours per day. However, there is no obligation to be online as frequently as this and you may prefer to do more work at weekends than on a daily basis.

Some of the tasks are to be completed as groups and will have deadlines, so you will need to make sure you’re available to be part of the team. The more time and effort you put into the course, the more you will get out of it.


Your fellow course participants and online community

The number of course participants will be at least eight (that is our minimum).

The online discussion forums are a great way to share ideas and learn from your peers all over the world. Tutors will also log on frequently to monitor discussions and to give guidance as needed.

This online community are what participants really value about this course. You can share best practice tips, exchange ideas, and discuss experience with fellow experienced trainers. There is a huge variety of ways to be successful in the role of a teacher trainer, and by logging on and discussing these multitudes with your peers during the course, you will gain a huge amount of insight, knowledge and experience which you can take on board throughout your professional career.


As you go through the course, you will complete one homework task per module. You will be expected to submit a minimum of 75% of these tasks in your final portfolio. There will also be a reflective essay at the end which will also go into the portfolio. Participation is also an essential part of this course, and is a contributing factor to your final grade.

This will be moderated by the IHWO Assessment Unit. The final grade is either Pass or Fail.

Your verified digital certificate

On successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate. This is stored securely on a verified site, so everybody can be confident that it is authentic and real.

It will look like the image below:

TTC Cert

You can share this with a prospective employer, client, or anybody else that you choose.

A digital certificate is more safe and secure for you than paper – it won’t get lost in the post, it won’t get damaged over time, and won’t get lost. It is always available, you can share in just one click, or you can print as many copies as you like whenever you would like. And, it’s better for the environment. Reducing paper, ink, and delivery means a lower carbon footprint.

Click here for a short video about verified digital certificates from our partner Accredible.


The course is run by qualified online tutors who have substantial teacher training experience.

Meet our IH OTTI tutors here



The IH Teacher Training Course is delivered by IH OTTI (the IH Online Teacher Training Institute). IH OTTI courses are accredited by AQUEDUTO, the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. This is a charitable organisation dedicated to evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework. Aqueduto accreditation helps language teaching professionals identify high quality course providers and enrol with confidence.


More 100% online, part time, courses

Find other specialist courses which can boost your TEFL career from the IH Online Teacher Training Institute (IH OTTI).

Whichever course you take you’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide and support you and a group of peers to have discussions and share ideas with, so you'll feel part of an online community.

And all courses are online and asynchronous so you can access the information whenever it suits you.