Teaching English with an accredited, public domain certificate
If you have an accredited, public domain certificate, like the one you’ll have after attending the EBC TEFL course, your job prospects are virtually guaranteed. You will be offered so many jobs that it’ll make you dizzy trying to decide which ones to take. The question of “will I get a job?” does not really come up if you have an accredited, public domain certificate, the main question is “how long will it take me to get one?” For this reason it is very important that the school you choose will truly prepare you for the local job market and seriously help you find work.
You will probably notice that accredited course operators, the EBC TEFL courses included, don’t guarantee you a job with them. They don’t have to because prospective employers will be falling over each other to hire you.
An accredited, public domain certificate also opens doors to more jobs, for example with British Council schools in over 100 countries. It also can be legalised and authenticated for immigration purposes when applying for work permits and work visas. No other certificates can do this, they MUST be public domain to be legally recognised.
Teaching English with a non-accredited or pretend accredited certificate
Non-accredited certificates always play second fiddle to accredited certificates. So if you really have no choice but to go for an non-accredited course, be prepared to wait longer to get a job and get offered jobs that the accredited candidates have rejected. You will eventually find work, but it will be of lesser quality and lower paying than your authentic accredited competitors.
To cover up for this failure, some of these courses offer you a guaranteed job with them. If you do choose one of these types of courses, be prepared to be tied in to the company for quite a long while. In these situations, the quality of the job, the pay and working conditions are always suspect, so be very careful if you really have no choice but to go for one of these types of courses.
Think about it, who would guarantee a complete stranger, someone they’ve never met and know nothing about a job? Doesn’t it sound strange? The final problem with these type of certificates is that they are worthless if you have to get work permits. As they are not public domain so you cannot get them authenticated for legal purposes.
Pretend accreditation body names to look for are those that contain: organisation, advisory, board or group and have no way to show that they are government overseen.
Teaching English with a weekend, online, distance or one week qualification
These should always be viewed as introductory courses. They are not designed for training classroom teachers. Even non-accredited courses that have some type of classroom teaching practice are better than these.
Ask yourself whether you’d put your trust in a car mechanic, doctor, architect, etc. that had zero hands-on, practical training. It’s doubtful that you would. If you think that teaching English can be done without any kind of practical training, you have the wrong idea about what teaching is all about. You may get offered jobs but they’ll be the ones that none of the above want.
Teaching English with no qualification at all
If you get offered jobs at all, they’ll be the ones that none of the above want. Without putting too finer point on it, you’ll get the dregs.