Defining Excellence in Vocational English Language Training


Centres of Excellence

ALAP now recognises high standards of teaching using the highest quality course materials leading to accreditation of ESOL courses.

Language schools, colleges or departments can apply for accreditation of their language courses for adults. These can be at any level and also in specialist language eg ESP, EAP or EOP and for children at any level.

Click here for more information on ALAP ESOL Centres of Excellence

Dual Certification

ALAP now offers our course providers the opportunity to award dual certification to their TEFL/TESOL students.

As you will know, the terms TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are interchangeable, but some schools, even some governments, prefer one of these terms to the other. ALAP therefore now offers both and our course providers can offer both certificates to their students, a real bonus to the students and to our course providers.

In addition to the verification service for employers and potential employers via this website, we now include a verification letter for the students to include in their portfolio of certification to show at interview.

For further details please email the Exams Officer on

Accreditation by ALAP

ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals) is an independent, international accreditation organisation born from decades of experience in the provision of quality assured English language education and training.  In addition to accrediting online language schools we are dedicated to the development and provision of internationally recognised Awards of Achievement for professionals that require recognition at various levels of achievement in the use of English language for vocational purposes.

It is our mission that the awarding of our qualifications denotes a guarantee to any student or employer worldwide that the holder of the award, and the centre that delivered the course of study leading to the award, have met a certain set of standards. As such, we work with online language schools and e-learning course providers that share our commitment to excellence, quality and success, thus ensuring that the meaning of the award is upheld.

Employers can feel secure in the knowledge that the holder of an ALAP Certificate or Diploma has reached a level of achievement that guarantees they will be able to communicate effectively in their job at the level required. Until now, the acquisition of sector specific languages has been largely unregulated and so actual standards of English for communication in international business can be lower than might be expected. Our aim is for our awards to become synonymous with highly trained and effective employees who use English for work purposes.

In order for ALAP to maintain this trust and brand recognition we maintain rigorous rules of accreditation that online language schools must adhere to and be externally moderated for on an ongoing basis.

As an international accrediting organisation, we maintain a business model that allows us to remain flexible to the needs of our international clients. For this reason we have chosen not to work towards external recognition by British organisations such as Ofqual, however we do monitor and work in alignment with Ofqual regulations and the Council of Europe as a benchmark for quality.

Learn about ALAP Accreditation Services

What We Do

ALAP accredits courses and issues Certificates and Diplomas in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and English for Vocational Purposes. Employers can feel secure in the knowledge that the holder of an ALAP Award has reached a specified level of achievement that guarantees they will be able to communicate effectively in English generally and also for a particular purpose, and to the level required. With the valued support of our esteemed Academic Panel, it is our aim for both Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Vocational English certifications to be recognised by employers worldwide as being synonymous with comprehensively trained and effective employees. ALAP accreditation is carried out against a rigorous set of Accreditation Standards.


1. for all our students who have studied a course with a course provider accredited by ALAP.
2. for all employers and schools/colleges throughout the world.

ALAP is known for the strength of its accreditation and certification. Due to this growing recognition some governments are asking for ALAP accredited certification and this has led to fraudsters trying to forge certificates.


ALAP certificates all carry the ALAP logo, the logo of the course provider you studied with, an issue number which can be verified through ALAP and a hologram. (not a picture of a hologram – a real one). They are all issued on the same paper with an identical watermark and a thermochromic ink spot as an instant verification feature. There is a picture of this on the website.


All ALAP certificates are issued by ALAP – they are NEVER issued by your course provider or by anyone else. ALAP is based in the UK and all certification comes from the ALAP office. If your course provider is not on the list on the ALAP website, they are not accredited by ALAP.


If you think yours is false, contact the ALAP Examinations Officer at

ALAP is registered on the UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers), Number 10088821
Registration on the UKRLP confirms that we have been verified against a recognised legal source.