Accreditations, Licenses and Memberships

EC English Language Centres

Our accreditations and awards reflect our constant pursuit of excellence

Accreditation is a form of quality assurance, where an English language school is checked to make sure that it meets the standards established by an accrediting body.

These days, student visas are granted only to students at accredited English schools. This is especially the case for UK and US English language schools.

To be accredited, EC has undergone a very intensive examination to ensure that our schools meet the strict standards demanded by accrediting bodies. Only the schools which offer the best service become accredited schools, gaining an internationally recognised mark of quality.

Our English schools have been thoroughly examined, investigated and found worthy of accreditation. Accredited schools are re-inspected every few years, and each year a number of accredited schools are randomly selected to undergo unannounced visits. Accordingly, accredited schools cannot allow the level of service they provide to slip. Schools must operate at top levels at all times.


ACCET provides institutional accreditation for organisations in the US whose primary function is for educational purposes and for organisations offering continuing education as a clearly identified institutional objective within the operational entity.


The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS) was established in 1969 under the auspices of the Irish Department of Education and Science to control standards in English Language Teaching schools and organisations through inspection.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is an agency approved by the Home Office to carry out educational oversight inspections of private further education colleges and English language schools in England and Wales.

British Council

Based in six continents and over 100 countries, and working with millions of people each year, the British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Accreditation applies to all EC schools in the UK.

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FELTOM (Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations in Malta) is an association of language schools that sets and monitors quality standards for its members. Not only does the association regulate the qualifications of the teaching staff, but also the facilities available at the schools.


The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) is a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs charged with regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions operating in the state of California. The BPPE’s primary purpose is to prevent fraudulent diploma mills.

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English USA

Through its support for ethical and professional standards for intensive English programs, English USA (formerly known as AAIEP) promotes the well-being and educational success of its English language students.

Languages Canada

Membership is limited to programs from the public and private sectors which meet the rigorous standards of the association and who are committed to upholding them. Languages Canada is recognised by the Canadian government, as well as internationally.


The Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS) oversees and monitors non-degree granting proprietary schools in New York State. BPSS's mission is to ensure that the overall educational quality of the programs offered will provide students with the necessary skills to secure meaningful employment, and to protect students' financial interests.


The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) is responsible for ensuring institutions in British Columbia meet the requirements and standards for certification, maintaining a directory of all certified institutions and the programs they provide, and providing protection for students and overseeing the protection of their tuition.

English UK

The national association of accredited English language centres, English UK, has 470+ member centres, all accredited to the highest standards, and ensuring the best teaching and care for students. Accreditation applies to all EC schools in the UK.


Providing a global platform for leaders and decision makers within the language travel industry is central to ALTO’s mission. The association seeks to develop and grow the industry through networking, professional development, and the exchange of ideas and information.

TESL Canada

TESL Canada Federation is the national federation of English as a Second Language teachers, learners and learner advocates. The federation's mission is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of English as a second or additional language.

Marketing English in Ireland

To become a member, a school must undergo rigorous testing and inspections, and adhere to a strict protocol to maintain the highest standards of professionalism, due diligence and care. Member schools are inspected and recognised by Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services (ACELS).


Education South Africa (EduSA) is the national association of quality English language centres in South Africa. It is committed to developing and guiding the growth of the English language travel industry in South Africa, while ensuring that its members meet or exceed guaranteed minimum standards of professionalism and quality.

Services SETA

EC Cape Town is registered as an Accredited Training Provider with Services SETA, accreditation number 6515, to offer Learning Programmes aligned with the National Qualifications Framework in compliance with the Higher Education Act 101; Skills Development Act No. 97; South African Qualifications Authority Act 58; and the Further Education and Training Colleges Act 16.


South Africa Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC) is a non-profit, membership-driven organisation with the goal to market South Africa globally as a preferred youth tourism destination, and to establish a professional youth tourism industry based upon accreditation and guidelines.

EC Policy Documents

Learn more about the policies and procedures at EC's USA, UK, and Malta schools.

Policy Documents


We are excited to have won the ST Star Chain School Award at the 2017 StudyTravel Magazine Awards, after thousands of voters chose EC as the best English language school. 

Last year we won eight prestigious awards, including the coveted ST Star Chain School Award; and our unique Orange Carpet Experience won the Silver Star Award at the UK Customer Experience Awards in London.

A big ‘thank you’ to all of our students, partners, staff and teachers who have made everything possible.

ST Star Chain School 2017

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