How to Legalise Your TEFL Certificate South-Africa

When you’re offered a job teaching English abroad, you may be asked to legalise your TEFL certificate. “Legalisation” is a way of proving to foreign governments and employers that your official documents are genuine.

Step 1: Check where to legalise your documents

In general, you need to legalise documents in the country in which they were issued. The steps for legalisation differs depending on the destination country where the document will be used. You will either follow an Authentication, Apostille or Authentication and Embassy Legislation Process. Its usually best to esquire with the foreign entity what legalisation steps they require.

Step 2: Get your documents Notarised

Before you can get your TEFL certificate legalised, you need a notary public to notarise it. There are notaries all over the world, so search for “notary public + your local town” to find one close to you. The notary will advise you which documents are required to certify your qualification.

Step 3: Legalise your TEFL certificate

Attend the High Court, DIRCO and Foreign Embassy. While the High Court is a walk in service DIRCO and the Embassy will require you to drop of and pick up document at a date in the future.

It usually takes between 7-10 working days for DIRCO to process your documents – so you should receive your legalised TEFL certificate back within a couple of weeks. Various certificates and stamps would be added to the document. Check our example page in this regard.

Step 4: Use your legalised TEFL certificate

The apostille certificate means that your TEFL certificate will be accepted as a legal document in any country or state that has signed up to an international agreement known as Convention 12 of the Hague Conference. If you want to work in a country that isn’t a signatory of this agreement, they will usually request that you firstly get the apostille and then take your documents to the relevant embassy for further authentication. Always make sure you check visa requirements in advance.

Other Documents. Wait there is more?

Remember that simultaneously to the above process you will also be required to supply further legalised documents: Police Clearance Certificate Notarised passport copy SAPS Police Clearance Certificate Health certificates Academic qualification certificates such as degrees or diplomas

Although you can do the process yourself be aware that getting the process wrong may be costly. It will also take considerable time and multiple attendances. Rather let us handle the process on your behalf.


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Why you should rather use us to legalise your documents.

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    As soon as documents arrive at our office we begin checking, certifying and processing your order. All documents are hand processed by our team to ensure not only a quick service but to keep your documents safe. If you have any questions please visit our apostille FAQ pages or contact us for free advice.
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    There is no easier way of getting an apostille. On our how to order your apostille page you will find the order fomr. Simply complete the online form and get your your document to us. Alternatively email us your company documents and academic certificates today and one of the team will let you know how to proceed.
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    We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation and high levels of customer service. All of your phone calls are answered by one of our advisors. We are on hand to answer all of your questions and to provide updates regarding your order. With over 10 years of experience we know how to process your documents and offer you the best advice on legalising your documents. Please contact us with your questions by telephone or email.
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    Need to talk to our legalisation experts or entrust your valuable documents to someone in person. Pop in to our commercial offices in Loftus Versveld Stadium. Ample free and safe parking.
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    Our Notary Public is in attendance most days from 08h00 to 16h00. Contact our office to check availability.
  • Privacy

    We will handle your documents personally with the utmost security and privacy. We do not make use of outside agents or runners.

What documents might I need to authenticate before teaching abroad?

Depending on where you’d like to teach abroad—and sometimes depending on the school placement itself—a variety of documents will have notary requests. This includes, but is not limited to: Your degree Your police record/criminal background check Your TEFL certificate Keep in mind that getting notarised comes at a cost—and that you’ll need to cover these independently of your other expenses as you prepare to teach abroad.
Tip: You need TIME to get your documents legalised. Do not leave it to the last minute. Six weeks should be the bare minimum budgeted to complete this process.

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We are pleased to offer exclusive, discounted rates for legalising documents for TEFL customers. We aim to make the process of document attestation as simple as possible. Simply order online, send your documents to us and we will ensure they are correctly attested!

This refers to the 3 documents needed to be legalised to be able to teach english overseas. (Degree or Diploma, Police Clearance and TEFL Certificate)

Service includes all attendances - Notarisation by our Notary Public, Apostille and Embassy Attestation!