Language Instructor Accreditation Reinstatement

Instructors whose TESL Ontario accreditation has expired may regain their accredited membership status at any time by applying for accreditation reinstatement. Reinstatement applications are processed in a maximum of two weeks from the date all required documents and fees are in order.

Lapsed Standard Membership and Accreditation: If both your standard membership and your accreditation have lapsed, please take the two steps described below to have your accredited membership status reinstated:

  1. Contact TESL Ontario by email at accreditation@teslontario.org to find out if you are required to have completed/ complete any hours of professional development before submitting your application for accreditation reinstatement.
  2. Complete and sign Application Form A-4: Accreditation Reinstatement, and submit it to TESL Ontario, along with your proof of professional development (PD) (if required), and the reinstatement fee of $274. (This fee includes the reinstatement application fee of $120 and the annual accredited membership fee of $154.)

Valid Standard Membership; Lapsed Accreditation: If you hold valid standard membership, but your accreditation has lapsed, please take the two steps described below to have your accreditation reinstated:

  1. Contact TESL Ontario by email at accreditation@teslontario.org to learn about (i) any outstanding PD hours and  (ii) the reinstatement fee due. The reinstatement fee (a maximum of $200) will include the application fee of $120 and the pro-rated accreditation fee ($6 - $80) that will cover the period starting from your reinstatement date to your current standard membership renewal date.
  2. Complete and sign Application Form A-4: Accreditation Reinstatement, and submit it to TESL Ontario, along with your proof of PD (if required), and the reinstatement fee.

Required PD: Your proof of PD should indicate that, prior to submitting your reinstatement application, you have completed a minimum of  5 hours of PD per year you were accredited by TESL Ontario until the end of 2014 and 10 hours of PD per year you were accredited by TESL Ontario from January 2015. To learn about activities recognized as PD, please go to http://teslontario.org/accreditation/activities-recognized-as-pd.

Application Submission: Application Form A-4 and proof of PD can be submitted to TESL Ontario in person, by email at accreditation@teslontario.org, by fax at 416-593-0164, or by mail at 27 Carlton Street, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1L2.
The required fee can be paid by cheque (payable to TESL Ontario), VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or cash (in person). The application fee ($120) is non-refundable. Also, the accreditation and standard membership fees will be non-refundable once your reinstatement application is approved.

Please note! For operational reasons, TESL Ontario reserves the right to extend the application processing time, as necessary. TESL Ontario may request additional documentation beyond the requirements described above. All submitted documentation and information will be kept confidential. We strongly recommend that you keep photocopies of all submitted forms and documents for your own records. The requirements of the TESL Ontario Language Instructor Accreditation reinstatement may change without notice.

Any applicant who is denied the TESL Ontario accreditation/approval shall have the right to appeal the decision to the TESL Ontario Appeals Committee within three months from the date the decision has been made. Please be aware that the degree and English language proficiency (ELP) requirements of the TESL Ontario accreditation/ approval are "non-appealable" requisites. For details about filing an appeal, please go to http://www.teslontario.org/accreditation/appeal.

Questions? Please contact TESL Ontario at accreditation@teslontario.org or at 416-593-4243, Ext. 205.