Online Cert IBET

Online Cert IBET 

The EMB Online Cert IBET is a 55-hour individual trainer training course which develops your ability to design and deliver Business English training specifically adapted to your learners’ needs.

This course format is ideal for busy teachers who wish to study flexibly at their own pace and at a distance, over a period of up to 12 months.

How do I gain the English UK / Language Cert IBET qualification?

On successful completion of the course, candidates are invited to submit a 4000-word (plus appendices) final assignment to gain the qualification. This is marked by EMB and moderated by a Language Cert examiner.

‘’This course has made me see Business English (teaching) in a whole new light.”  -Sylvia Ellbec – Oman

Course Procedure

We deliver IBET course materials over a very user-friendly online school platform.

In addition to reading, watching videos, doing quizzes and answering short questions, you will complete 10 main written tasks on various aspects of English for Business Purposes course planning that will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your practice in an assignment-relevant way.

We also hold a number of audio or video tutorials at strategic points along the course and provide interaction, guidance and feedback throughout. 

Course Modules

1 Business English Definitions
2 Concepts and Language in BE
3 Needs Analysis and Research
4 Materials and Resources
5 Methods, Approaches and Techniques
6 Syllabus Design and Course Planning
7 Business Communications Skills 1
8 Business Communications Skills 2
9 Internationalism
10 Assessment and Evaluation

Course Start Dates 

Start any week of the year except for Xmas, New Year and Easter weeks!

Course Fee

£900 / €1200

Assignment Fee

£180 (including personal assignment tutorial)

What does the final assignment involve?

Before you write your IBET assignment, we’ll offer you a personal assignment tutorial. You will then have a further 3 months in which to submit your 4000-word assignment.

There is a choice of 4 questions, which you can find at the link here. For most of these, planning a course for a specific learner or group of learners is the main task. This also involves providing credible learner profiles and a comprehensive rationale of methods, approaches and techniques for the course (or portion of it) that you present.

How will I benefit from the course?

“EMB’s approach is friendly, professional and stimulating. ” – Vijay Chavda, Austria

By the end of the course you will have increased confidence in assessing how to work effectively with any individual learner or group. Selection of content, flexibility in teaching methods, approaches and techniques plus the feedback and assessment process will all be part of the mix. So the techniques you learn on this course will be immediately applicable, whoever you are teaching.

Entry Requirements


  • An initial teaching qualification such as the Trinity College London Certifcate in TESOL or local equivalent
  • At least one year’s ELT teaching experience – a year being a minimum of 480 teaching hours
  • A current C1+ / C2 level of English 

Highly Advisable:

Due to the highly practical nature of the final assignment:

  • A minimum of 40 hours of business English training experience
  • Access to business English learners and resources 

How to apply

When you’ve read the full set of course details on this page, please send a digital copy of your teaching certificate and a short C.V. to Course Leader Sara Helm 

Include your qualifications and teaching experience, plus any business, technical, legal or administrative work experience, because it could be useful on your course.

To gain the IBET qualification you will write a final IBET assignment. This assignment will be unique to you, based on your previous, current, or future business English learners. So, in order to be able tailor your course to your specific teaching experience and aspirations, we will also organise a pre-course phone chat.

What do we mean by English for the Business English Learner?

Over the years of delivering the IBET and similar courses, we’ve often been asked this question.

What we really mean is English for almost any adult working in the public or private sector, regardless of field, function or level, not just English for marketing or finance!

Many working people will need one or more of the core skills, such as email writing, presenting or participating in meetings. They will also need to handle a range of situations. This might be as basic as arranging appointments or as complex as leading a formal international negotiation.

Doing business internationally also requires interpersonal and intercultural competences.

As teachers / trainers we discover which exact skills and scenarios will be relevant by conducting a thorough needs analysis of our learner’s field or industry,department and specific role.

Do I need experience of teaching business English learners?

All the essential aspects of planning and teaching Business English courses are covered on the course; however, since the assignment requires you to plan a course for a specific learner or group of learners, based on a thorough needs analysis, experience of and access to relevant learners is extremely useful during the distance/assignment writing part!

If you don’t have this experience before you start the course, we’ll do our best to help you find relevant learners.

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