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Teaching English abroad or online is a great career for many reasons. Not only is it a well-paid job that will enable you to live comfortably in another country, but it will also allow you to see and experience a different culture in almost any part of the world.
Check out our list of some of the best countries to teach abroad to see some options!
But let’s not forget our responsibilities! Being able to shape others’ minds and help them learn is the most important part of the teaching journey. Therefore, we must become suitably qualified as ESL teachers so we can find a job abroad.
In this article, we will give a TEFL Online Pro Review so you can make an informed decision before you purchase a course from this TEFL provider.
Overview: There seems to be some suspicious behavior on TEFL Online Pro’s end. We will give you the facts to help you decide whether TEFL Online Pro is legit or a scam.
Who is TEFL Online Pro?
TEFL Online Pro is a TEFL provider that claims that their unique selling point is their unrivaled student and teacher support. They provide three types of courses: a 60-hour fast-track course, a 120-hour TEFL course, and a Hybrid 150-hour TEFL course.
I immediately have a number of questions for this site, and upon further evaluation, I realize that it doesn’t look so good. But first, let’s learn about what you need to look for in a TEFL course.
What do you need to look for in a TEFL Course?
Before you choose a TEFL course, here are the things you need to look for:
- At least 120 hours of training
- Accreditation by an independent external body
- Job support and assistance
- Instruction provided by qualified teacher trainers
- Teaching practice is advantageous
You want to look for an accredited course to verify that it meets quality standards in terms of course curriculum, level of instruction, course training, and practice.
Many courses take place online, but it really stands on your resume if you can gain some teaching practice. Some TEFL courses offer this in their “combined” (online and in-person) courses.
Is TEFL Online Pro Legit?
The TEFL courses are said to be “internationally recognized” and “award-winning,” but they don’t seem to be accredited or regulated; therefore, we have no proof that this is a legitimate TEFL course.
The TEFL course claims to have won the Teacher Choice Awards from Trusted TEFL Reviews, which has glowing reviews of the TEFL course on their site.
However, there seems to be something terribly wrong about this.
Upon closer inspection, it appears that Trusted TEFL Reviews and TEFL Online Pro may be operated by the same person. There is some very damning evidence to suggest this.
The Teachers Choice Award Winners
The TEFL Online Pro was awarded The Teacher Choice Award by Trusted TEFL Reviews.
So, can we trust Trusted TEFL Reviews? Well I mean they call themselves trusted, right?
I took a look at the records of both websites and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were both created in the same month, and have the same address and phone number linking to both sites.
What’s worse is that people are believing the reviews on Trusted TEFL Reviews, and going straight over to TEFL Online Pro to purchase the course.
Trusted TEFL Reviews, on the other hand, has supposedly no affiliation with any of the TEFL courses, and states that they are the only site that can be trusted for reviews online.
Here is the Whois record for TEFL Online Pro:
And the record for Trusted TEFL Reviews:
Yikes! Something looks extremely fishy.
Basically, both websites are hosted on wordpress.com. Both websites bought their domain name (www) from the same company. Both sites were created 10 days apart.
They also have the same address details and phone number. The name is withheld for privacy reasons. Trusted TEFL Reviews claims to be owned by Mia Williams. TEFL Online Pro claims to be owned by Paul Murphy. If you try to look up these people, you can’t find any Linkedin profiles or photographs whatsoever. I asked if they would engage in a video call with me and they refused.
Is Trusted TEFL Pro Legit?
If you take a look at Trusted TEFL Reviews, TEFL Online Pro is the only course they avidly promote with discounts and offers on their homepage and the only course that has ever won their teacher choice awards.
Their website was only active for two years, and TEFL Online Pro has won both times. It is extremely unlikely that Trusted TEFL Reviews even had teacher choice awards in 2019. It takes years to build up a website so we have no idea who even voted in these teacher choice awards. Also, the TEFL Online Pro website was only established in 2019. So it won an award in the same year?
Hmm. I find it difficult to believe they have no affiliation whatsoever with The TEFL Online Pro.
We also found this video from Ian Leahy, from ESL Insider, who exposes TEFL Online Pro for their past shady behavior:
The TEFL Online Pro Recommendation: Avoid
We recommend avoiding this particular site because there is no evidence to suggest this course is in any way regulated or accredited.
There is also no information available on the internet on sites other than Trusted TEFL Reviews. You can’t find any mention of it on established review sites, such as Trustpilot or the GoAbroad, an established website for TEFL courses.
Still, from our research and evidence, it seems as though Trusted TEFL Reviews was set up to endorse The TEFL Online Pro. I would love to hear what TEFL Online Pro has to say about this.
Edit: TEFL Online Pro has recently reached out and asked me to remove this post; threatening legal proceedings. They said I am providing misleading information yet didn’t say what was misleading. Please, I am more than welcoming your correction. I also invited them to a video call, which they refused— according to their email, it is “too late for that now.“
Edit 2: Since writing this post, the TEFL Online Pro has decided to add “accreditation” to their course. (I am not kidding, this story just keeps going and I really want to get on with my life).
Please be aware that some schools set up their own “accrediting body” (usually with a website and an impressive name) to provide them with faux accreditation that is not recognized in the TEFL field. An accredited body with only 20 or 30 organizations and opened a few years ago is not likely to be respected in the TEFL field or considered legitimate to potential employers.
Well known accreditation bodies include TQUK, College of Teachers and ACCET.
TEFL Online Pro is accredited by a fake organisation called ACTEFLC (Accreditation Council for Teaching English as a Foreign Language Courses).
It has also NO publicly available Whois database as it was created on Wix. This means that I cannot find out when the site was made. (But why would he make the same mistake twice?)
Instead I researched his site traffic, authority and existence on other websites.
In summary of this data scraped from Google, I can confirm that ACTEFLC has a domain authority of roughly 3/100 (this is likely because it is a brand new site). It hasn’t been visible to the search engines before January of 2021 and it has zero monthly traffic.
His Twitter and Pinterest have only been set up in the last few months:
I found an article about on Medium about ACTEFLC:
As I have previously written on Medium, I can confirm with absolute certainty that anyone can create an account on Medium and publish an article. Christopher Haines again is another name that I cannot confirm is real from web results. You can find him popping up concerning ACTEFLC, where he has created a profile (all in the last two months) on different parts of the web.
The only websites that mention ACTEFLC accreditation are (surprise, surprise) Trusted TEFL Reviews and TEFL Online Pro. The result issuu is a website where you can upload your publications, for reference.
The results speak for themselves.
Why You Should Still Consider Doing a TEFL Course
I hope I have not got your hopes up! There are still plenty of accredited TEFL courses out there. Here are some reasons why you should get a TEFL-certified:
Reasons to Get a TEFL Certificate
- There is a great demand for the English language
- Teach ESL online or abroad
- Many potential job opportunities, such as TEFL teacher, au pair, teaching assistant
- Experience other cultures and ways of life
- Work in schools, colleges, or organizations for adults
- Looks good on your resume
- Great part-time and full-time opportunities available
Alternative TEFL Courses
There are many other TEFL courses on the market, and they more or less accomplish the same task; to qualify you as an English Language Teacher so you can work abroad or online.
There are many other highly accredited TEFL courses you can find on the internet, but unfortunately, TEFL Online Pro doesn’t look like one of them. From this TEFL Online Pro review, we can see this is a potentially untrustworthy site. So be careful!
If you have any experience with The TEFL Pro, let me know in the comments’ section below!