Competency-and-Credit Based PLAR (CCPLAR)

TESL Ontario awards its OCELT & ICTEAL Certification and Professional Designations to English language teaching professionals through one of two paths. Path 1 is for graduates of TESL Ontario accredited TESL training programs. Path 2 is a Competency-and-Credit Based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (CCPLAR) process for English language teaching professionals who have not graduated from a TESL Ontario accredited training program.

The CCPLAR path could be an option if you hold a university degree or a two-year college diploma in TESL/TEFL or applied linguistics, Cambridge DELTA, or Trinity College DipTESOL. Also, you might be eligible to apply for certification through CCPLAR if you have 2,000 hours of recent adult English language teaching experience.

CCPLAR process, which is based on the TESL Ontario Competency Framework for Adult ESL Teachers, recognizes that the Ontario ESL context is unique and acknowledges the learning that candidates have obtained through education and experience. Having all candidates meet competency requirements gives TESL Ontario confidence that successful CCPLAR candidates will be able to fulfil the demands of adult ESL instruction in Ontario.

Eligible CCPLAR candidates are required to meet competency requirements in one to four areas: Canadian Adult ESL Contexts, Educational Technology, Adult Second Language Acquisition Theory, and Culture and Diversity. Required competencies can be met through completing additional TESL training, doing a practicum course, providing evidence of teaching experience, and/or participating in a structured interview.

CCPLAR application process consists of two stages. In Stage I, candidates apply to confirm their eligibility for CCPLAR, and in Stage II, eligible candidates meet competency requirements.

For detailed information about the CCPLAR application stages, required documents, and fee, please review the CCPLAR Candidate Handbook.

To access the application forms for CCPLAR, please go to and click on "Apply". "Form A-2.1: TESL Ontario PLAR Application" is for the first stage of CCPLAR and "Form A-2.2: TESL Ontario PLAR Competency Demonstration" is for the second stage.

It is highly recommended that interested candidates review the CCPLAR Candidate Handbook carefully before filling out the application forms and uploading the required supporting documents.

If you have any questions, please contact TESL Ontario by email at or by phone at 416-593-4243, ext. 205.

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