About IATQuO


One of the most important reasons for our existence is to help potential trainees, when they come to choose where they want to train as a teacher of English, to distinguish between those institutions who are committed to quality and those whose prime concern may not be quality of training.

As stated in our mission statement, The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations (IATQuO) exists to promote and maintain internationally acceptable standards in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. It wishes to encourage organisations who are dedicated to observing such standards, who wish to maintain their professional independence and who in many instances may not have substantial financial resources.

What is IATQuO?

IATQuO has been in existence for ten years and as far as we know is the only organisation dedicated solely to the accreditation of TEFL/TESOL courses. Other organisations accredit such courses but normally accredit courses in other educational areas as well.

We operate solely on the income generated by selling our services and are not financially aided by any single body or institution.

In addition to office staff we have a Director and Academic Director and two trained moderators, with more moderators to be trained in 2015.


Dr Alan Dallas Moller, Director & Academic Director

A British applied linguist specialized in language testing, Ph.D and Dip App Ling (Edinburgh), MA (Cantab), PGCE (London).

A retired British Council Officer, he has been Director of the English Language Services Department of the British Council incorporating, among other tasks, inspecting and advising language schools worldwide. He wrote Tests for English as a Foreign Language (mini platform tests) which are still in use. He was actively involved with the introduction of the ELTS (now IELTS) in 1989.

Alan has worked in Africa, Singapore, and Malaysia and was Cultural Attaché at the New Delhi British High Commission in charge of organising the Henry Moore Exhibition and advising the Federal Ministry of Education on the studying of English in schools and universities.

After retiring from the British Council, Alan was appointed full time Chief Examiner (ESOL) for Trinity College London. Duties included academic responsibility for the Certificate in TESOL, for the Diploma in TESOL, and for the suite of Spoken English tests. On his departure from TCL in 1999, these responsibilities were assigned to three different professionals.

In 2003, he was appointed Chair of Examiners for the London Tests of English by the British Examinations Board, EDEXCEL (London).

His Ph.D

“A study in the validation of proficiency tests of English as a Foreign Language” (Edinburgh 1981)