Certificate in Education and Training

Course level:
Level 4

Certificate in Education and Training

About this Qualification

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training develops practical teaching skills and prepares teachers/trainers to work in a wide range of contexts. It requires observation and assessment of practice. It can meet the needs of a range of trainee teachers, such as: individuals who are not currently teaching and training but who can meet the practice requirements, including the observed and assessed practice requirements of the qualification; individuals who are currently teaching and training (including those who have just started teaching and training), of the qualification; individuals currently working as assessors who wish to achieve a teaching qualification. This qualification replaces the Level 4 Certificate in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).

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To be awarded the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, the learner must achieve a minimum of 36 credits in total: 21 credits from the 5 mandatory units in Group A and a minimum of 15 credits from Group B. A minimum of 21 credits must be at Level 4 or above.

5 Mandatory Units:

  • Unit 1 Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
  • Unit 2 Planning to meet the needs of learners in education and training
  • Unit 3 Delivering education and training
  • Unit 4 Assessing learners in education and training
  • Unit 5 Using resources for education and training


All units in this qualification are assessed by eportfolio and the teaching practice is a requirement for a minimum of 30 hours of practice for this qualification. There is no requirement to evidence working with groups of learners to achieve this qualification unless units are undertaken which specify that purpose. However, where trainee teachers are working solely with individuals, a programme may also include support and preparation for working with groups. There must be a minimum of three observations totalling a minimum of three hours, learners should note at the start of the programme what is required of them when gathering evidence from their teaching practice and their individual responsibilities in arranging for observations (the observing teacher must have Teaching Qualification at Level 5 minimum). Individuals are likely to need to liaise with different staff and their own students during their teaching practice. This excludes any observed practice completed as part of the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Any single observation must be a minimum of one hour spaced out over the duration of the course.

How is the course delivered?CET

This is a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training course, which will include distance learning, eLearning, and observations. You will be supported by an allocated tutor who will also be your assessor.

Entry Requirements

There are no nationally agreed entry requirements. You will be expected to have literacy and numeracy skills and ICT skills. You are also expected to have access to at least 30 hours of teaching practice. You are however expected due to the nature of course delivery to have access to the internet, computer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents and also Adobe Reader to access PDF documents.


We offer extensive resources with this qualification that will guide and assist you through the course

  • Information sheets
  • PowerPoints
  • Handouts
  • Templates

Getting started

Once enrolled onto the course you will receive a course induction and joining instructions to your eportfolio system where course resources and assignments are stored. Start dates are to suit you as the learner and once enrolled you will be assigned a designated tutor/assessor who will support your learning journey through the qualification.

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