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

Do you want to improve and develop your teaching skills and strategies to face the ever-challenging world of teaching?

Come and study in our international community of language teachers if you do. We run small and personalised courses with 6-10 trainees. You receive personalised training individual and group feedback from experienced trainers. As with all Trinity qualifications, there is a strong emphasis on context, personalisation, practical application, and critical reflection.

The Trinity Certificate for Practising Teachers (CertPT) is a diploma level (Ofqual level 6) accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualification that supports English language teachers’ professional development.

The Trinity CertPT enables practising teachers to access specialist training and certification to transform their teaching practice.

Course applicants are admitted with a minimum English language proficiency of CEFR Level B2. Instruction is given in English, but written assignments can be English or Spanish.

The Ofqual Level 6 Trinity CertPT is for teachers with a minimum of 6 months of classroom experience, a language level of B2+ and who want to combine their work and professional development through online study. The course focuses on the design and use of effective teaching materials. It aims to develop lesson planning, classroom delivery and reflective skills through its assessed tasks.

You develop your ability to evaluate, adapt, create and reflect on the use of context-specific teaching resources.

Trinity CertPT context-based courses

  1. The CertPT for CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) Educators
  2. The CertPT for Business English Educators
  3. The CertPT for CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) Educators
  4. The CertPT teaching English Online

Key features of CertPT courses

  1. Course delivery is online live with your course trainer and classmates
  2. 100 hours total study time
  3. 30 hours guided learning
  4. 70 hours of self-study
  5. Four written assignments to demonstrate the ability to evaluate, adapt, create and reflect on the use of classroom resources
  6. Written assignments delivered in English or Spanish

Innovative assessment model

You learn through live-streaming online courses with your course trainer and classmates. The CertPT assesses your pedagogical skills rather than language ability so you can submit your written assignment tasks in English or bilingually in English and Spanish. Allowing the submission of assessment tasks in Spanish extends access to Trinity-certified professional development to practising teachers working in different local teaching contexts.

International accredited qualifications

The Trinity CertPT is an Ofqual Level 6 qualification between the initial Level 5 teacher education certificate and an advanced Level 7 diploma.

The Trinity College London Level 6 Certificate for Practising Teachers is an internationally accredited qualification for experienced educators.

This qualification is regulated at level 6 on the UK Government Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), making it equivalent in status to the final year of a bachelor’s degree at university. In addition, international Higher Education institutions may accept this qualification as course credit towards a degree programme.

Teachers can take the CertPT as a standalone continuing professional development (CPD) qualification independent of other teacher education qualifications. The CertPT is also part of Trinity’s TESOL qualification suite. It is a practical progression step from the Level 5 CertTESOL that can also be beneficial in preparation for the Level 7 DipTESOL.

Which CertPT is right for me?

The CertPT for CLIL (English Content and Integrated Language Learning) Educators

If you are an in-service teacher working in CLIL contexts for adults or young teenagers in Spanish secondary schools, the CertPT for CLIL is for you. Because of the generic nature of the teaching skills being taught, course participants can be teachers at different secondary school subjects. By the end of the course, course participants will be better able to critically evaluate lesson materials in line with learner needs, apply pedagogical theory to practice, employ efficient and effective teaching techniques to boost learner motivation and engagement.

CertPT for Online Educators

You are transitioning to online teaching or are already an online teacher. You want to grow your online teaching methods and delivery skills. If that is the case, the CertPT for online educators is for you. This course is run and managed by Trinity College CertPT/CertTESOL approved trainers and assessors, highly experienced in e-learning. You will learn how to give effective presentations over video conferencing with tools like Zoom.

The CertPT for CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) Educators

CLT is the educational approach to teaching foreign languages emphasising interaction as both the means and goal of language learning. If you are a teacher and want to learn about CLT and create and deliver successful English lessons within multilingual environments, the CertPT for CLT educators is for you. At the CertPT for CLT Educators course, CLT strategies are taught with endless examples from working EFL and ESL teachers. In addition, you are taught hundreds of short, simple, or complex CLT strategies that can be subdivided into language levels, age groups or personal objectives.

The CertPT for Business English Educators

If you are a teacher looking into making the transition to teaching Business English, the CertPT for Business English Educators is for you. Business English teaching is one of the highest-paid teaching disciplines and is generally seen as a specialisation within teaching and learning English. It forms part of ESP or English for Specific Purposes. Business English is studied by many non-native English speakers who wish to do business with English-speaking countries or with non-English-speaking countries using English as a lingua franca. By some estimates, at least 75% of all business communication worldwide is between non-native English speakers. Business English may also be taught to native English speakers.

Sample Business English exercises

Below are sample Business English exercises you will learn how to make from your CertPT for Business English Educators course.

Exercise 1 | Topic: General Business English

Choose the best response for each one.

When did Mike start working here? He was ___________________ about two months ago.

  1. hire
  2. taken
  3. hired

I can’t go out. My ___________________ is almost over.

  1. break for lunch
  2. lunch break
  3. food break

Management asked the accountants for last year’s ___________________.

  1. balance sheet
  2. money tree
  3. dollars and cents

In many offices, employees work in little areas called ___________________.

  1. cubicles
  2. boxes
  3. rooms

Do you have a dress ___________________ at your company?

  1. requirement
  2. code
  3. law

I’m going on a ___________________ next month. I’m meeting with one of our clients in Singapore.

  1. business trip
  2. work trip
  3. business travel

ANSWERS: 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3

Exercise 2 | Topic: Sales Terms/Expressions

Choose the best response for each one.

Have you seen last month’s sales ______________?

  1. figures
  2. figurines
  3. figs

Sales are ______________ by 50% compared to this time last year.

  1. up
  2. higher
  3. high

We’ll be looking to hire a sales ______________ soon.

  1. rap
  2. rope
  3. rep

In much of the business world, the calendar year is divided into four ______________.

  1. quarts
  2. quarters
  3. cubes

To write up a contract = To ______________ a contract

  1. drought
  2. draw
  3. draft

The amount on the ______________ ( = an official bill) is higher than what we agreed on.

  1. invoice
  2. paper
  3. draft

ANSWERS: 1, 1, 3, 2, 3, 1

Business English Exercise | Topic: Marketing Vocabulary 10

Designed to teach you the most common vocabulary/terms used in marketing. This exercise is meant for ESL (English as a second language) students but will be useful to anyone wanting to learn this specialised terminology.


(Choose the best response for each one)

When marketing specialists speak about a ______________, they are referring to a decline in an economic cycle.

  1. downsize
  2. downturn
  3. downtime

Horizontal marketing refers to when two companies market their products ______________ ( = together)

  1. joined
  2. jauntily
  3. jointly

When marketers speak about “engaging” an industry, they are referring to creating interest or ______________ within the industry about a product, service, etc.

  1. clientele
  2. buzz
  3. stupor

We’ve been trying to create a new metric ( = method/system) of ad ______________.

  1. effectiveness
  2. affectation
  3. affliction

On the internet, consumers can take part in a kind of ______________ marketing, which means that not only does a company market to the consumers, the consumers themselves can create content (through an application on a website, etc.)

  1. two-way
  2. two-approach
  3. two-direction

The phenomenon in the previous question is commonly referred to as “consumer-______________ media.”

  1. general
  2. given
  3. generated

To put something “______________” = To focus on the importance of something, to devote most of one’s attention to something

  1. front and centre
  2. outright
  3. in the front

Unfortunately, this analysis doesn’t really show the ______________. ( = all the facts, what’s going on)

  1. whole picture
  2. whole painting
  3. whole drawing

If something is an industry-______________ standard, it means that it is used/adhered to by most people in the industry.

  1. wise
  2. wide
  3. wire

The ______________ new iPhone was launched last year.

  1. people waiting on
  2. awaited much
  3. much-awaited

BUSINESS ENGLISH TRAINING | Topic: English for IT (Information technology) professionals 1

Our “Choose the right synonym” exercises are designed to help you increase your knowledge of specialised vocabulary. You have to choose the correct word(s) to make the two sentences have the same meaning.


Some believe that the open-source era is coming to ______________. = Some believe that the open-source era is about to end.

  1. an end
  2. an ending
  3. a finish

Her programming skills are top-_________________. = She has great programming skills.

  1. heavy
  2. notch
  3. hat

We’ve witnessed some __________________ technological progress. = We’ve witnessed some incredible technological progress.

  1. reproachable
  2. ravishing
  3. remarkable

This software is full of ________________ . = This software is faulty; it has defects.

  1. bugs
  2. insects
  3. headaches

I’ve programmed many sites.= I’ve _________________ many sites.

  1. codified
  2. give code to
  3. coded

It seems there has been a bit of a __________________. = We didn’t properly communicate our needs to each other.

  1. misinformation
  2. miscommunication
  3. mist

Their website really _________________. = Their website became really successful.

  1. took off
  2. took out
  3. took away

It’s a _________________ problem. = It’s a problem that happens over and over.

  1. reticent
  2. recurrent
  3. stagnant

You can use this widget on more than one website. = You can use this widget on _________________ websites.

  1. multi-level
  2. multiple
  3. multiplied

This solution is alright, but it’s not the best (one). = This solution is adequate, but it’s not _________________.

  1. optical
  2. optimistic
  3. optimal