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Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
1 x assessment, 1 x portfolio and 3 x hours of observation
Study Hours
Approximately 140 hours
Learning Methods
Classroom, virtual or self-study

Classroom £950, Virtual £795 and Self-study £695 £595

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Course Overview

Unlock Your Teaching Career Potential with the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET)!

If you're on a quest for a hands-on teaching qualification and aspire to either accredit your existing teaching skills and practice or can meet the minimum requirement of 30 hours of teaching practice during the course, the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET) is your perfect choice.

Notably, the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) is not a mandatory prerequisite for entry into this program. However, since it aligns with the first year of an undergraduate degree level, we do expect candidates to hold a solid foundation in literacy, numeracy, and ICT at Level 2.

Additionally, candidates should be at least 19 years of age and possess a strong grasp of the subject they aspire to teach or deliver training in.

To complete your enrolment, you'll need to fulfil the final prerequisite of 30 hours of paid or voluntary classroom teaching practice, with three hours to be assessed through video recording, Zoom, or an authorised observer who will join you in the classroom on our behalf. Embark on your teaching journey with us today, and watch your educational aspirations come to life!

Course Duration

Learners can choose to complete the course via one of the following options:

Classroom training over 4 days (with homework to be completed at your own pace)

Virtual learning over 4 days (with homework to be completed at your own pace)

Self-Study of approximately 140 hours, again, at your own pace.

Depending on your existing knowledge, experience, and other commitments, you could condense the self-study into weeks or months, to suit your circumstances.

Course Qualification

Successfully completing the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training entitles you to teach adults in FE Colleges and/or begin your career as in Independent Training Provider in your chosen field.

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is accredited by QNUK and Ofqual. You will find further information by visiting

Course Modules

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is split into the following units:

  1. Understanding roles, responsibilities, and relationships in education and training.
  2. Identifying individual learning and development needs.
  3. Planning to ensure the needs of learners in education and training are fully met.
  4. Learning to effectively deliver education and training.
  5. Understanding and managing behaviours within the learning environment.
  6. Understanding how to carry out assessment of learners in education and training.
  7. Using appropriate resources for education and training.
  8. Engaging with employers to facilitate employee development.

To pass this certificate, you must gain 36 credits from eight units.

What the course covers

On successfully completing Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the teaching role and responsibilities in education and training
  • Understand ways to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment
  • Understand the relationships between teachers and other professionals in education and training
  • Plan inclusive teaching and learning, meeting internal and external requirements
  • Deliver inclusive teaching and learning, meeting internal and external requirements
  • Evaluate own practice in both the planning and delivering of inclusive teaching and learning
  • Use types and methods of assessment to meet the needs of individual learners
  • Implement the minimum core when assessing learners, whilst meeting both internal and external requirements
  • Evaluate own assessment practice
  • Implement the minimum core when using relevant resources in the delivery of inclusive teaching and learning
  • Evaluate own use of resources in the delivery of inclusive teaching and learning.

How Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is assessed

This certificate is assessed by:

  • One assignment
  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Three hours of observed teaching practice and reflection.

Feedback will be provided, should your assignment not reach the minimum standards to pass the qualification. You may use this feedback to assist in your resubmission. Although there are no limits to the number of resubmissions, most pass on their second submission.

Course Resources

All candidates will be offered a course induction session, with ongoing access to an assigned tutor who can be contacted by phone, email, or within study groups.

The entire training content of the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is available to all, free of charge through our eLearning programme, at any time of the day or night, from any device with an internet connection.

This includes all PowerPoint presentations, a personalised study plan, all course notes and handouts, and is accessible for an initial period of 12 months (you may be permitted an extension under extenuating circumstances). 

All webinars are available online.

Course Guarantee

Your course fee includes everything you need to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, including assessments and certification costs.

However, should you decide you need to change your course, cancel, or upgrade, we offer a 14-day guarantee.

This is useful particularly for those who opted initially for self-study and then decide to upgrade to a virtual learning or classroom setting.  We do not charge penalties or administration fees in these circumstances.


What is the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET), and why should I consider enrolling in this program?

The Level 4 CET is a prestigious qualification for those aiming to become educators and trainers. It's designed to enhance your teaching skills and pedagogical knowledge. Enrolling in this program is a great choice if you aspire to teach in educational institutions, training organisations, or the workplace.

How will this certification benefit my career prospects?

This certificate opens doors to a rewarding career in education and training. It enhances your qualifications, making you an attractive candidate for teaching roles in various settings, including schools, colleges, adult education, and corporate training. It's a stepping stone to career advancement in the education and training field.

Is this certification recognised by employers and industry bodies?

Yes, it is! The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is recognised and respected by employers, industry leaders, and awarding bodies. It meets the national standards for assessors and is your ticket to becoming a sought-after teacher in further education. 

Do I need prior teaching experience to enrol in this program?

While prior teaching experience can be an advantage, it's not always necessary to enrol in the Level 4 CET. This program is suitable for both individuals looking to start a teaching career and experienced educators seeking to formalize their qualifications. You must be able to teach 30-hours in a classroom setting to meet the practical requirements of this course. 

How does this certificate differ from the Level 3 Award in Education and Training?

The Level 4 CET is a more advanced qualification than the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. It provides a deeper understanding of teaching methods, curriculum development, and assessment. The Level 4 CET is suitable for those who want to teach in more senior or specialised roles, while the Level 3 Award is a foundational qualification for entry-level teaching.

In which settings can I teach with a Level 4 CET?

With a Level 4 CET, you can teach in a variety of educational settings, including schools, colleges, adult education centres, vocational training organisations, and corporate training environments. This qualification is recognised across these sectors and internationally. 

Can I teach in schools with a Level 4 CET, or do I need additional qualifications?

The Level 4 CET is a recognised qualification for teaching in further education, not in schools. To teach in secondary and primary schools, you should undertake a teaching degree course at a recognised University. The CET is only for teaching adults such as those in private training providers or those in colleges. 

Do you supply learners for assessment purposes?

Typically, we do not supply learners for assessment. Depending on your subject, we may have partners that can support your teaching placement. 

Is the Level 4 CET suitable for online teaching or e-learning environments?

Yes, the Level 4 CET is versatile and relevant for teaching in various environments, including online or e-learning platforms. It equips you with the skills to adapt your teaching methods to different modes of delivery, making it suitable for modern teaching settings.

How long have I got to complete this qualification?

You will have 12-months from the purchase date to complete your course. Should you run over this time, you may be able to apply for special dispensation to extend this time by an additional 3-months or alternatively it is an additional cost of £69 to extend it for a further year. Please note extensions are subject to current qualification requirements and may not always be possible. 

Can I enrol in the Level 4 CET if I have a Level 3 Award in Education and Training?

Yes, if you have a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, you can progress to the Level 4 CET to further enhance your teaching qualifications. The Level 4 CET builds upon the Level 3 Award and provides a deeper understanding of educational principles and practices.

How does the Level 4 CET program handle practical teaching experience?

The Level 4 CET includes a practical teaching component. This may involve classroom teaching, online teaching, or a combination of both. 

What are the potential career paths after completing the Level 4 CET?

After completing the Level 4 CET, you can pursue various career paths, including roles in teaching in colleges, vocational training organisations, adult education, corporate training, and more. Additionally, it opens doors to leadership and management positions within educational institutions. The CET is not suitable for working in schools. 

Should I pursue the CET or DET?

The decision to pursue the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET) or the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET) depends on your career goals, current qualifications, and the level of responsibility you aspire to in the field of education and training. Here are some considerations to help you decide:

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (CET):

  • The CET is an excellent choice if you are relatively new to teaching or training and want to establish a solid foundation in education.
  • It's suitable for individuals who are looking to work as teachers, trainers, or educators in entry-level or assistant roles.
  • The CET focuses on practical teaching skills, classroom management, and understanding educational theories.

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET):

  • The DET is a more advanced qualification that is ideal if you have some teaching experience and want to progress to more senior or specialised roles in education.
  • It's appropriate if you aspire to become a qualified teacher, program coordinator, or head of department.
  • The DET delves deeper into educational theory, curriculum development, assessment, and leadership in education.

In summary, if you're new to teaching or training and want to start your career in education, the CET is a suitable choice. On the other hand, if you have some teaching experience and aim for more senior or leadership roles, the DET is the right path to pursue.

It's essential to consider your career objectives, prior qualifications, and the specific requirements of the teaching positions you're interested in before making your decision. You may also want to consult with career counsellors or educational institutions for guidance in choosing the most appropriate qualification for your goals.

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Classroom training over 4 days (with homework to be completed at your own pace). Classroom training takes place between 09:30 - 16:30 on weekdays and weekends. Evening training takes place at 19:00 - 22:00.

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Virtual learning over 4 days (with homework to be completed at your own pace). Virtual learning takes place between 09:30 - 16:30 on weekdays and weekends. Evening learning is at 19:00 - 22:00.
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