If you’re a native English speaker, you are more than likely eligible to teach English most places in the world. Some locations require different credentials, whether that is a TEFL certificate, a degree, or a specific amount of experience, but generally just being a native speaker will be enough to get your TEFL career started.
An extra bonus, in the TEFL industry, is having a TEFL certificate from an accredited course. What that means is that the course you have taken to earn your certification has been reviewed and inspected regularly, from top to bottom and in all aspects, by an accrediting body. They will check for quality in the course, as well as consistency, and verify the learning outcomes.
Basically, they make sure the course meets certain standards and ensures the teachers taking these courses are adequately prepared for work abroad as a teacher. That’s not to say a non-accredited course is of a lower standard. It says one that is accredited is verified as being 100% trustworthy to both potential course takers, as well as future employers.
With an accredited course, teachers applying for work can submit their applications and resumes with confidence being reassured they are ready for the job ahead. Many employers will look at the course a teacher studied to become certified. The accreditation of that course could be the difference between getting the job of your dreams and losing it to another candidate.
In the ever-growing TEFL industry, with so many opportunities, it’s another way to assure an employer and also get you what you’ve worked so hard achieve; exactly what you want in life.