Professional Certificate in Language Assessment

Course overview

  • 6 months part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Term 1 Intake - January and Term 3 Intake - July


In today’s classroom, language teachers need a firm understanding of the roles that assessment and evaluation have on the learning outcomes of their students. To drive positive results, language teachers need to be able to design effective and reliable assessments.

The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment will give you the confidence to deliver high quality tests and the ability to evaluate the value of your existing assessments. Developed by the Language Testing Research Centre and drawing on the centre's 30 years of experience in the field, this is one of the few online courses that specialises in language assessment.

This practical course will enhance your language and ESL testing expertise with a specific set of practical skills in test development and evaluation. You’ll grow an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in this field, which will extend your capacity as a well-rounded language educator and help you deliver more robust results for students.

Offered 100% online, this accessible, affordable and flexibly-delivered course will give you access to internationally renowned researchers in language and testing and assessment. Learning from the best, you’ll quickly gain the specialist knowledge you need, at a time and place that suits you.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for qualified language teachers as well as professionals who deliver language assessment such as:

  • Teachers of second languages
  • Teachers of ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programs
  • Teachers of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs
  • Teachers of EAL (English as an Additional Language) programs
  • Staff in organisations that conduct language testing.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course has been designed to improve the standard of language assessment literacy and ESL testing around the world across a broad range of contexts. You’ll become proficient in developing and evaluating language tests, which will enhance the day-to-day running of your language program. This will also determine how your students’ progress and excel.

The Professional Certificate in Language Assessment offers a real-world focus on language assessment in educational contexts. In just six months you’ll gain the expertise you need to progress your language and ESL testing skills and improve student outcomes.


You may also be interested in the Master of Applied Linguistics.