IH Cert. Online Tutoring

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15 Jan - 19 Feb 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £315
26 Feb - 02 Apr 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £315
21 May - 25 Jun 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £315
02 Jul - 06 Aug 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £315
03 Sep - 08 Oct 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £315
22 Oct - 26 Nov 2022
Online Training 100% Online PT £315

The IH Certificate in Online Tutoring course will teach you the techniques and approaches to online tutoring for both student-orientated and teacher-orientated courses in Virtual Learning Environments. With online tutoring growing in importance, now is a great time to exhance your knowledge in this area and boost your professional development as a teacher.

To tutor online, you need the necessary skills to moderate discussion forums, ensuring participants feel included, much like in a traditional classroom. This 100% online course will give you the core skills and boost your confidence in online teaching, giving you many new tools and ideas that you will be able to use in your classes.

With expert course tutors who will teach you best practice techniques, you'll learn about both synchronous (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.) and asynchronous (materials posted online so students can learn in their own time) environments. You will consider each platform and the equipment needed, as well as learning key technology and crafting messages. This course is offered by the IH Online Teacher Training Institute (IH OTTI)


The full course price is £315, and if you will be taking this course in the UK, or your employer is a UK based company, there will be 20% VAT to pay ontop. 

The good news is there is a discount of 10% if you have completed an OTTI course in the last 12 months, and there is a special price of £190 for teachers working in an IH school. Just let us know on the application form if you would like to claim these discounts. 

Who is the IH Certificate in Online Tutoring designed for?

If you’re a teacher looking to deliver lessons online, or an experienced teacher interested in working as an online tutor or trainer, this course is for you. It is also for teachers who would like to design online courses or tutors delivering online courses through universities or other larger organisations.

This course is also for a teacher who…

  • is looking for a way to grow professionally;
  • is now working online as a result of Covid-19;
  • is thinking about starting a career in online tutoring;
  • wants to gain confidence in teaching online;
  • has taught ESP/EAP and would like to develop their skills as an online teacher of English;
  • is already teaching online via a medium such as Skype and wants to explore the most effective ways of online teaching;
  • needs to expand their teaching skills due to the school/organisation they work for developing their online course offering;
  • wants to learn more about how elements of the communicative approach can be maintained with an online method;
  • wants to improve the quality of the lessons delivered by a school/organisation;
  • wants to inject some fun and enjoyment into their current online teaching and further inspire students to learn a language;
  • wants to broaden their teaching skills due to the sometimes precarious nature of EFL employment.

IH Certificate in Online Tutoring course content

There are four modules in this course, which vary in length, spread over a five-week period.

Module One: Setting the Right Climate

This 7-day module explores how to establish and sustain a supportive community on an asynchronous course, and the importance of this. We will explore how students create profiles, introductions, and site navigation. This module finishes with an optional synchronous (live) meeting.

Module Two: Basic Tutoring Skills

This 10-day module looks at techniques to monitor students in an online environment, how to write messages, and will familiarise you with the terminology surrounding asynchronous platforms. At the end of this module, there will be the chance to participate in an optional synchronous session with one of the tutors.

Module Three: Synchronicity

This 10-day module will compare the differences between synchronous and asynchronous online learning. Course participants will work together to explore a synchronous platform of their choice. They will also be asked to design a present a task either to their peers or as part of an optional online meeting that will take place during the module.

Module Four: And In Summary

This 7-day module looks in-depth at weaving, one of the most challenging skills to learn. You will also go over everything covered during the 5 weeks and how you can implement this in your own online tutoring plans.

This course is asynchronous which means you can access the material online whenever it suits you. You do not need to log on at a certain time every week, so the course suits busy lifestyles, work and/or family commitments, and a variety of time differences.

The discussion forum on this course creates an online community and is what participants really value. You can share best practice tips, exchange ideas, and discuss experiences of online tutoring with your peers. When everyone is logging on and talking about what they have learnt, all course participants gain a huge amount of insight, knowledge and experience which you can take on board throughout your professional career.


Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I need to devote to studying? We recommend at least 10 hours each week reading, completing tasks, and joining in the discussion forums. 

Are there live sessions? No. This course is asynchronous meaning you can access materials and discussion forums whenever it suits you. 

Do I have to be teaching an online class now? No. But if you can try out the techniques you are learning you’ll find it helpful. 

Do I have to read other books? No. We provide all the materials and links that you need. 

Can I join after the start date? Sorry, no. Your whole group learns together to discusses themes and topics, so you need to be there from the start.

How many people will be in my group? Usually between 8 and 12.

Will I get a certificate? Yes. See below!


Entry requirements for the IH Certificate in Online Tutoring

To apply for this course, you should have some experience of teaching English either face-to-face or online. You do not need to have taught online previously.

Please note that your level of English should be C1 or above.

Online applications close on the Wednesday before the course starts. But we sometimes have late availability, so please get in touch with the admissions team on ihotti@ihworld.com and we will see if there are any last minute spaces. 


There are five weeks of tutor led input on this course. After this you have a week to complete and submit your portfolio of work ready for assessment. 

Your time commitment

Over the 5 to 6 weeks, a minimum of 50 hours should be spent working on this course. This means approximately 2 hours’ work per day, although the timetable is flexible. Of course, the more time you dedicate to the course, the more you’ll get out of it.

Your fellow course participants and online community

The number of course participants will be at least eight (that is our minimum).

The skills required to teach or tutor in the virtual environment are different to those used in the traditional classroom. The IH COLT course gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches allowing you to build your confidence so that once you finish the course, you feel ready to apply them in your own context. Discussing this with your peers is very valuable.

The online community that you create is usually one of the most valued parts of the course. With your peers you can share best practice, exchange ideas, and discuss teaching experiences with other teachers from all over the world. This course is not purely about self study all on your own - it's about making the most from these conversations and learning from each other as well as from the course material and your tutors.

Although the course is asynchronous, you need to engage with your peers and the material each week because one of the course requirements is being part of the cohort and contributing to ongoing discussions. In fact, this sense of community is one of the things most valued by our course participants.  The number of participants on this course is usually between eight and sixteen. 


At the end of the course, participants submit a portfolio comprising a set of compulsory tasks to be marked. Typically this will be one practical and one reflective task per module. The final grade will be either a Pass or Fail, determined by a successful completion of portfolio tasks and a minimum 80% contribution of the course.

Your verified digital certificate

On successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate. This is stored securely on a verified site, so everybody can be confident that it is authentic and real.

It will look like the image below:

COLT Certificate

You can share this with a prospective employer, client, or anybody else that you choose.

A digital certificate is more safe and secure for you than paper – it won’t get lost in the post, it won’t get damaged over time, and won’t get lost. It is always available, you can share in just one click, or you can print as many copies as you like whenever you would like. And, it’s better for the environment. Reducing paper, ink, and delivery means a lower carbon footprint.

Click here for a short video about verified digital certificates from our partner Accredible.


The course tutors all have many years of online teaching experience.

Meet our IH OTTI tutors here



The IH COLT Course is delivered by IH OTTI (the IH Online Teacher Training Institute). IH OTTI courses are accredited by AQUEDUTO, the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. This is a charitable organisation dedicated to evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework. Aqueduto accreditation helps language teaching professionals identify high quality course providers and enrol with confidence.


More 100% online, part time, courses

Find other specialist courses which can boost your TEFL career from the IH Online Teacher Training Institute (IH OTTI).

Whichever course you take you’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide and support you and a group of peers to have discussions and share ideas with, so you'll feel part of an online community.

And all courses are online and asynchronous so you can access the information whenever it suits you.