Blended Cert IBET

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Certificate in International Business English Training

Participants on the Blended Cert IBET course

Participants on the Blended Cert IBET course

‘’Marks a milestone in my professional development” Katrin Lichterfeld – Germany

What is the Blended Cert IBET course? 

The EMB Blended Cert IBET is a 55-hour blended-learning trainer training course which develops your ability to design and deliver Business English training specifically adapted to your learners’ needs. 

This course is aimed at EFL teachers who generally wish to gain a formal Trinity Certificate in International Business English Teaching.

Ideally, you will already have taken your first steps into teaching Business English, although in specific cases there may be some flexibility, depending on other aspects of your C.V..

How do I gain the Trinity Cert IBET qualification?

Partipants who successfully complete the course are invited to write a 4000-word (plus appendices) final assignment. This is marked by EMB and moderated by a Trinity examiner. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an initial teaching qualification such as the Trinity College London Certifcate in TESOL and at least one year’s ELT teaching experience, a year being a minimum of 480 teaching hours.

Experience of business English training and access to business English learners and resources is also desirable.

Applicants should have a minimum level of English equivalent to Trinity ISE III, IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 627 or CEFR C1.

Remaining 2017 Course Start Dates

December 4-8

2018 Course Start Dates

March 5-9

July 2-6

December 3-7

2019 Course Start Dates

March 11-15


We advise you to apply at least eight weeks before the start of a course.

Course Length

Part 1

Part 1 is delivered in the UNESCO city of Bath over one week.

Part 2

Part 2 is delivered online. You can complete it entirely at your own pace for up to six months.

Course Fee 

£900 / €1260

This does not include accommodation.

We can offer you complementary parking in zone 3 of Bath, just behind the station in Widcombe. 

How to apply

Just read the full set of course details and entry requirements right down to the word cloud. Then email us at with a brief outline of how you meet the requirements. 

We’ll then arrange a Whatsapp interview with you to answer any further questions and to find out how best to tailor the course to your personal teaching experience and current situation.

You’ll need to provide a digital copy of your teaching certificate before the course.  

What do we mean by English for the Business English Learner?

Over the years of delivering the IBET and similar courses, we’ve regularly had to deal with this question in one form or another.

What we really mean is English for almost any adult working in the public or private sector, regardless of field, function or level. Business English does not simply mean ‘vocabulary for people in obvious areas such as marketing or finance’. 

Any person in work will need one or more of the core skills, such as email writing, presenting or participating in meetings. They’ll also need to handle a range of scenarios. This might be as basic as arranging appointments or as complex as leading a formal international negotiation.

Doing business internationally also requires interpersonal and intercultural competences. 

As teachers / trainers we discover which exact skills and scenarios will be relevant by conducting a thorough needs analysis of our learner’s field or industry,department and specific role. 

‘’This course has made me see Business English (teaching) in a whole new light.”  -Sylvia Ellbec – Oman

What will I get from the course?

By the end of the course you won’t be an expert in all areas of business. Instead, what you will have gained is the tools to assess how to work effectively with any particular learner or group. This will involve more than course content. Pacing and timing, teaching methods, approaches and techniques and feedback and assessment procedure will all be part of the mix. You will also explore strategies for learner-centred research. So the techniques you learn on this course will be immediately applicable, whoever you are teaching.

Do I need experience of teaching business English?

All the essential aspects of planning and teaching Business English courses are covered on the course; however, since the assignment requires you to plan a course for a specific learner or group of learners, based on a thorough needs analysis, experience of relevant learners is extremely useful! If you don’t have this before you start the course, we will recommend strategies for filling those gaps before and during your course. That is one reason why we recommend applying well before the course start date and why we’ve specifically created this flexibly-timed blended-learning course. 


Course Modules

1 Business English Definitions
2 Concepts and Language in BE
3 Needs Analysis and Research
4 Materials and Resources
5 Methods, Approaches and Techniques
6 Syllabus Design and Course Planning
7 Business Communications Skills 1
8 Business Communications Skills 2
9 Internationalism
10 Assessment and Evaluation

Course Procedure


Part 1

The first week of the IBET course (27 hours), which you can find here, is delivered in Bath, UK, in a comfortable training location that provides wifi and refreshments.

Part 2

We deliver reading and video tutorials over a very user-friendly platform that allows you to upload work, send messages, ask questions, complete quizzes and polls and receive guidance, assistance and feedback from your personal tutor, throughout Part 2 of the course.

Course Work

In addition, you complete 5 main written tasks covering each part of the course that also help you understand what is required in the final IBET assignment.

“EMB’s approach is friendly, professional and stimulating. ” – Vijay Chavda, Austria

Feedback and guidance

We’ll give you Q+A support and full feedback on all work, throughout Part 2 of the course.

What does the final assignment involve?

Assignment Fee

£180 (including 2-hour personal assignment tutorial)

On successful completion of the course, if you wish to proceed to the IBET assignment, we offer you a personal assignment tutorial of up to two hours (using Whatsapp or Zoom for screen sharing). You then have a further 3 months in which to submit your 4000-word assignment.

You have a choice of 4 questions, which you can find here. For most of these, planning a course for a specific learner or group of learners is the main task. This also involves providing credible learner profiles and a comprehensive rationale of methods, approaches and techniques for the course (or portion of it) that you present.

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Our friendly host families have comfortable homes within easimage of English Means Business Host Familyy walk of the centre of Bath and your training location. They are always excellent cooks! Alternatively, we can help you to find a bed and breakfast, hotel or apartment. Bath is a popular tourist destination so early booking for any type of accommodation is recommended, especially in the summer months. Host family dinner, bed and breakfast for 5 to 7 nights costs £320 / €440.

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If your teaching institution is based outside the UK but in the EU (except Switzerland), or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey, you may be able to obtain Erasmus Plus funding towards the face to face part of this course in Bath. If your organisation wishes to use its Erasmus Plus funding towards your EnglishMeansBusiness course, please mention this in your enquiry to us. We will be happy to provide assistance.

Erasmus PIC number: 920212229

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