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Top 5 FAQs about the 500-hour Advanced TEFL Diploma PRO

The Level 5 500-hour Advanced TEFL Diploma PRO is our most comprehensive course yet and, if you’re looking for the gold standard in TEFL qualifications, this is it!

Got questions about the course? No worries! We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 FAQs about the 500-hour Advanced Diploma PRO and answered them down below.

Don’t see your question on the list? Arrange for a free call back with our friendly TEFL experts and they will be happy to answer it for you!


Question 1: What are the extra 80 hours of training on (when compared to the 420-hour course)?

A great question! Well, the extra 80 hours of training is made up of two 40-hour specialist modules: How to set up your own TEFL Business (40 hours) and How to market yourself as a TEFL Freelancer (40 hours). These amazing modules will make sure that your dreams of setting up your own online TEFL business become a reality! They will also give you all the tools you need make a real success of it. You’ll be trained in all the basics of business and freelancing, from sorting out your finances to creating marketing campaigns, so you don’t need to have any prior knowledge before starting – win!


Question 2: Can I use this qualification to teach abroad AND online? 

Yes, of course you can! Exact requirements for teaching positions abroad will always vary depending on the visa requirements of the country (and employer) in question. Preferences for the level of TEFL qualification, however, seem to stay the same wherever you’re applying. As a general rule, the higher the level of your accredited TEFL qualification, the more appealing you are to employers overseas. Getting a comprehensive qualification, like the 500-hour Advanced Diploma PRO , can also help boost your application and TEFL CV if you don’t have any prior teaching experience. It shows employers you’ve really committed to learning as much about TEFL as possible!

The 500-hour Advanced Diploma PRO is also really suitable for online teaching, as it will appeal to online employers in the same way it appeals to overseas employers. And, don’t forget, this course also gives you the tools to set up your own online TEFL business! Great knowledge to have in your toolkit, especially for those of you that want to teach long-term! Trust us, it will be much easier to attract students online and market your TEFL skills, if you have the training and high-level TEFL qualification to back you up.


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Question 3: I’m already TEFL qualified, can I upgrade?

Yes, you can! We want everyone to be able to access the most comprehensive TEFL training possible, so we have opportunities for all those that are Level 5 TEFL certified to upgrade their existing qualification to the Level 5 500-hour Advanced TEFL Diploma PRO.

Got a 180-hour TEFL certificate? Click here to go PRO!

Is your qualification a 300-hour TEFL Diploma? Click here to go PRO!

And, if you already have a 420-hour Advanced TEFL Diploma, you can click here to go PRO!


Question 4: What does Ofqual-regulated and DEAC-approved actually mean?

Another great question! This basically means that the 500-hour Advanced Diploma PRO (and all of i-to-i’s other TEFL courses) have undergone strict external monitoring and control by course-regulating bodies, to make sure they are fit for purpose.

Ofqual-regulated and DEAC-approved means that the course has received official recognition from both UK (Ofqual) and US (DEAC) government regulated awarding bodies.

The Ofqual seal of approval is recognised by employers around the world. It lets them know that you’ve got a top TEFL qualification, which will help move your application to the top of the pile!

DEAC holds recognition by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It’s also well-known in North, Central, and Southern America.

We’re also accredited by the ODLQC (Open & Distance Learning Quality Council), an independent body who quality checks open and distance learning, making sure that online courses are of good quality. So, you really are on the right track if you choose to get qualified with our 500-hour Advanced Diploma PRO!

Click here to find out more about our accreditations and why they are important for TEFL qualifications.


Question 5: I don’t have any previous teaching or TEFL experience. Can I still do this course?

Yes, you can! All our courses are designed for complete beginners to TEFL and the 500-hour Advanced Diploma PRO will take you through all the basics before you start on the specialist TEFL subjects. This course is our most comprehensive one yet, so it will also really help you to build your confidence and TEFL knowledge up as much as possible. That way, by the time you qualify, you will feel more than ready to start your first TEFL job!

And, as we’ve already mentioned, it will also help to boost your TEFL CV. It demonstrates to employers that you’re really dedicated to becoming the best TEFL teacher you can be. This makes them much more likely to select you for the role!


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I have been traveling and teaching ESL abroad ever since I graduated university. This life choice has taken me around the world and allowed me to experience cultures and meet people that I did not know existed.


  1. Great post William. What steps can i do next once i’ve done the advanced diploma ?


  2. Hi Alex,
    The i-to-i 500-hour advanced TEFL diploma gives you a competitive advantage in the TEFL industry. What you do after you obtain this diploma really depends on your situation. If you are already employed in the TEFL industry, this diploma will allow you to apply for the next level of TEFL jobs. You are basically in a better position to choose jobs with better locations, benefits, and salary compared to someone with a standard 120-hour TEFL certificate. Also, since this is an i-to-i TEFL diploma, you can contact them and take advantage of their TEFL job service https://www.i-to-i.com/tefl-jobs/free-tefl-jobs-service. If you are looking for your first TEFL job, again, you can contact i-to-i TEFL for help with job hunting. Also, this diploma will better prepare you for your first TEFL job. If you are looking for the next step in certification, you might benefit from a CELTA certification, as this will open up many new doors in your TEFL career.


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