What is the Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT)?

Trinity CertPT courses

Trinity CertPT course lets you develop your ability to evaluate, adapt, create and reflect on the use of context-specific teaching resources

The Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT) is a qualification that supports your professional development as an English language teacher. The Trinity CertPT is for teachers like you who want to update, improve and enrich their professional teaching skills.

The Trinity CertPT enables all practising teachers, including those with language proficiency below CEFR Level C1, to access specialist training and certification that can transform your teaching approach and skills.

Teaching contexts include, for example, CertPT Business English, CertPT CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), CertPT CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) and CertPT Online teaching.

What is the Trinity CertPT?

The Trinity CertPT is an Ofqual Level 6 qualification that conveniently fills the gap between the Trinity CertTESOL initial Level 5 teacher education certificate and the Trinity DipTESOL advanced Level 7 diploma.

The CertPT course is special, unique, and challenging for our trainees and the EBC Trinity College CertPT teaching staff! We are, after all, “Brothers and sisters under the skin”! We are all teachers!

The CertPT course is a 6-week course that is a unique CPD (Continuing Professional Development) course because you work at a Masters level. Yet, somehow you can identify closely with what is being taught. As a teacher, you work with content, material and study plans. The CertPT’s role is to enhance the knowledge that you already have. In the process, you receive an official teaching certificate accrediting your hard work and accomplishment. How much better of a deal can that get?

Trinity CertPT frequently asked questions

Many practising teachers who took the course had these comments before coming on board. Read on to get their insight on the OFQUAL Level 6 Trinity College CertPT (Practising Teachers) certificate.

Q: Will I be a good candidate for the CertPT course? I am a Spanish teacher. I have a degree in Education from one of our state Universities (Complutense). In addition, I teach English in one of our bilingual (English-Spanish) secondary schools in Madrid. I have been in this job for almost six years.

A:  I think you will be a great candidate for the CertPT course. You have a teacher education qualification plus more than the six months of teaching experience required.  An exciting option to consider is submitting your written assignments solely in English or bilingually in English and Spanish.

Q: I am in full-time work. Is this course doable?

A: The course takes six weeks to complete. You have 10 hours of tutorials with your tutor, and these hours are flexible. You arrange with them the best time for you. If you are working, I think these would be the evening hours or maybe the lunch hours. It’s really up to you and your tutor. You choose the best time for both of you.

Q: Is my CertPT certificate accredited?

A: Your certificate is called the Trinity College CertPT certificate. Trinity College Certificate courses are recognised and accepted by the British Council and most reputable, worldwide language institutions.

Q: Can I apply for the Trinity College CertPT CLIL? I’m a Primary school teacher. I want to take a course to teach English as a second language.

A: Yes, you can. As a practising Primary Teacher, you fulfil the second entry requirement, which is substantive teaching experience (at least two years) that allows a candidate to complete the assessment tasks to the required level.

Q: Do I need to have a Trinity CertTESOL to apply for the Trinity CertPT Business English or CLIL course? I have been teaching English for some time now, eight years to be exact. I have a TEFL certificate, but it’s not the Trinity College CertTESOL certificate.

A: Yes, you can apply to do the CertPT course because you fulfil the second requirement, which is substantive teaching experience (at least two years) that allows a candidate to complete the assessment tasks to the level required. You don’t have two years of teaching experience; you have eight!

Trinity CertPT entry requirements

You must meet one of these two sets of entry requirements.

  1. An initial teacher education qualification, e.g. a Trinity CertTESOL, or local state sector qualification, plus a minimum of 6 months teaching experience.
  2. Substantive teaching experience (at least two years) that allows a candidate to complete the assessment tasks to the level required.

Why take a Trinity CertPT?

Here is a great answer to this question from, Adriana, one of our Business English CertPT students.

“I have been teaching for five years now. Many say I’m a newbie because some of my colleagues have been teaching EFL for 20 years! Most of my students are business professionals. The language school I’m with only works with companies, so we constantly teach in different business sectors. Frankly, I want to make my material and not just use books they have in the school. If I want to grow in this career, I have to evolve, and being a good business English course writer would be a great plus.”

The CertPT assesses pedagogical skills rather than language ability. The CertPT course focuses on the skills you need to evaluate, adapt, create and deliver teaching resources to a specific group of learners.

You will create, evaluate and adapt your material for a group of learners, in your case, your Business English students.

Example of material produced by a CertPT Business English graduate

Introduction

In this lesson, you will follow Andy Smith as he starts an important meeting. Andy is the Managing Director of Orion Shipping, a company with some problems. Andy will be introducing us to the other people attending the meeting and setting out the meeting’s agenda. In this lesson, you will learn introductory phrases, making an offer, and making requests. At the end of the lesson, we will move on to the first item on the meeting agenda.

Language review

Vocabulary

Here are some words you will see in this lesson. Match the words to their meanings.

1. Call (meeting) a. Everyday, not conventional
2. Minutes b. Be at (a meeting)
3. Attend c. List of items to be discussed
4. Consultants d. A company employed to solve a problem
5. Informal e. Convene
6. Any other business f. Official notes of a meeting
7. Informal g. Things said
8. Remarks h. Opportunity to discuss points, not on the agenda

Business skills

Meetings: Starting off

Step 1 – Andy Smith, MD of Orion Shipping, has called a management meeting. Put his opening remarks in the correct order.

On your right is Amanda Cuthbertson, our new Business Director. Next to her is Josephine Greene, our Director of Marketing.

Thank you for being here on time.

Before we start and go through the schedule, I’d like to introduce you all to Michael Hayward, a consultant from Anderson and Simpson, who we will hear from later.

Michael, on my left, this is Ryan Fry, our Finance Director. Next to him, opposite you, is our Operations Director, Andrew White.

Step 2 – Now, look at the two sentences from the previous exercise that describes where people are attending the meeting. Use them to complete the diagram of who is sitting where.

 

Trinity CertPT Business English

 

This is an excerpt of a “Meeting” lesson used in one of the biggest banks in Madrid, Spain. The class was so much fun, even the bank’s executive Directors joined the class. However, it gets more interesting as the whole lesson evolves into a replica of an actual business meeting in a company.

Trinity CertPT Coursework and assessment

There are four assessed output tasks you must complete. These are: 1) find and evaluate an original teaching resource, 2) adapt the resource, 3) create a resource and 4) reflect on the use.

You will receive input focused on TESOL approaches and methods, lesson planning, classroom management, materials design, task design and effective classroom procedures. In addition, you will have 10 hours of live online tutorials with your peers and your course tutor.

You will teach one lesson using a resource you created. The outcome and your evaluation of the class and resource The CertPT provides continuing professional development with the flexibility that you need to continue with your job.

Conclusion

The CertPT is an OFQUAL 6, Master’s level course for practising teachers. The CertPT course is for those who want to grow their teaching experience and enhance their specialist skills in developing practical and effective teaching resources.

As one genuinely experienced TEFL professional told me, “You don’t just teach from textbooks.” “A true TEFL professional develops, makes and enhances material for his use and the use of other TEFL professionals in the future.”