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Announcement 30th April 2014

Learners impacted by the closure of Eden College should refer to the Department of Justice website and the following link: http://www.inis.gov.ie/

Announcement, 03 December 2013

The final briefing for providers interested in applying for ACELS recognition will be held on Thursday 09 January 2014. Details of how to apply to attend the briefing are given in the application guide. http://www.qqi.ie/News/Pages/Access-to-Initial-Validation-of-Programmes-.aspx

Announcement, October 17th 2013

We wish to inform you that the application process for Access to ACELS Recognition is now open. Please click here for more information.

Please note that the Regulations 2013-14 apply to all 2013 ACELS recognised ELTOs until the end of 2013.

Announcement, October 10th 2013
The application process for Access to ACELS Recognition is opening for a temporary period, from October 17th 2013 ?January 31st 2014. Please note that an application form and an application guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Regulations September 2013-2014, will be available on the website as of Thursday October 17th. The ACELS application process is designed around two inter-dependent stages:

Stage 1 Assessment of organisation capacity, and Documented Curriculum Framework (DCF) evaluation

Stage 2 Inspection/ recognition ?site visit and reporting

As the first part of the application process starting as of 17th October, English language teaching organisations (ELTOs) are required to
  • 1) submit an Expression of Interest (through the Contact Us section at http://www.qqi.ie/About/Pages/Contact_Us.aspx as of Thursday, October 17th

  • 2) attend a compulsory briefing meeting, to ensure that they are fully informed about the process and the obligations of ACELS recognised ELTOs, before making a formal application.

Please note that attendance at the briefing meeting is a compulsory part of the process.
Applicants should note the following important information in relation to any application:
  • 1) Only one application may be submitted by any English language teaching organisation (ELTO) over this period. This means that an applying organisation cannot resubmit or send in a second application if the first one is unsuccessful.

  • 2) The temporary opening of access to ACELS recognition is to facilitate ELTOs who have been unable to gain recognition due to the closure of ACELS to new applications last August. Access to ACELS recognition is opening on October 17th until January 31st 2014 for receipt of new applications.

  • 3) QQI has concluded its initial phase of public consultation on the development of a statutory International Education Mark (IEM). Further policy development activity and consultation will follow and all interested stakeholders will be invited to participate in this process. http://www.qqi.ie/Consultation/Pages/Green_Paper.aspx

INFORMATION
All recognised ELTOs may carry the following legend: Recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT).

The list of recognised ELT organisations is published on an annual basis at the beginning of each calendar year - please follow the link on the left for List of ACELS Recognised English Language Teaching Organisations.

All recognised ELTOs may carry the following legend: Recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT).

The Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services (ACELS) is a legacy function of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). ACELS is currently the national body responsible for the development and management of an inspection/ recognition scheme for English Language Teaching organisations (ELTOs) nationally. All recognised ELTOs are listed on the Schools section of this website www.acels.ie. The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS) was established in 1969 under the auspices of the Irish Department of Education & Science to control standards in ELT schools and organisations through an inspection/recognition scheme. The list of recognised ELT organisations is published on an annual basis - please follow the link on the left for The Official List of Schools and Organisations Recognised . This list includes the contact details of all recognised ELT organisations.

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Teachers Training

ACELS manages the national recognition scheme for teacher training (ELT) certificate courses. For more information on this, including the lists of 1 recognised Initial ELT certificate course providers (CELT, CELTA, TCL CertESOL) ;2 Preparatory ELT certificate course providers, please click on the Teacher Training icon on the left hand side of this page.