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what is actdec?

ACTDEC stands for Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses. We are a non-profit independent accrediting body, responsible for maintaining professional standards in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) online and distance programmes. Our function is to provide frameworks and accreditation structures for providers of ELT (English Language Teacher) training programmes. 


We accredit course providers by ensuring that they meet and continue to adhere to a rigorous professional Code of Practice and we accredit specific courses from these providers at different levels, from introductory to advanced. While the same domains of learning, standards and learning outcomes are covered at the respective levels by all ACTDEC providers, the course methodology, approach and delivery may differ. Our partners and their accredited courses are regularly audited to ensure that quality expectations are being met.


Want to experience the expertise of ACTDEC for yourself? Contact us today and we will be in touch to see how we can help you get your organisation and your course(s) recognised internationally.

WHY is ACTDEC important?
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Standards are essential in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. This is especially true in the case of free-standing, online TESOL programmes as the anonymity of cyberspace can provide ideal camouflage for some unscrupulous operators. Organisations that are not prepared to submit themselves or their courses to the scrutiny of external accreditation very often have something to hide. The really first-class ELT training organisations take pride in their provision and prove it with accreditation.


However, many online course providers simply "accredit" themselves through "virtual universities" which are not recognised universities in any commonly understood sense. Such providers are not subject to regular inspection or external audit. 


ACTDEC is one of the longest-standing internationally recognised non-profit-making independent accreditation bodies whose regulatory function aims to benefit all those interested in raising standards and protecting the public. Our conscientious accredited members take pride in offering their teacher trainees a superlative learning experience and know that by becoming accredited they are able to prove it. Whether they are just starting out or are already experienced course providers, we help them to improve their course(s) and enhance the service they provide on an ongoing basis. 

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Meet the Team

At ACTDEC, we have an exceptional team with a vast range of experience and expertise in TESOL. We are commited to staying on top of research and learning new ways of doing things. We love being able to provide you with a personalised service that will get you where you want to go. Learn a bit more about us below.

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