Paragon Testing Enterprises supports instructors who are working to help prospective test takers improve their English language skills and reach their target scores on the CELPIP Test. To assist in preparing prospective test takers, we have provided the following resources:

Get to Know the Test

The first step in preparing for the CELPIP Test is to familiarize test takers with the test format and scoring. Review the following pages:

It will also be helpful to review the Free Online Sample Tests, sign in to your CELPIP Account and take a Free Practice Test, and attend an upcoming or pre-recorded information session.

Go Through the Study Materials

There is a variety of study materials available to help test takers prepare for the CELPIP Test, including Online Practice Tests, Study Guides, and more.

Read the CELPIP Instructor Newsletter

Keep up-to-date with test tips, study materials, and new developments by receiving our monthly newsletter.

Sign Up for FREE CELPIP Instructor Training

CELPIP Instructor Training provides instructors with thorough knowledge of the CELPIP Tests as well as useful tips and resources for teaching test preparation. This three-hour course is ideal for instructors who are teaching a CELPIP preparation course, tutoring individual students, or seeking more information about the CELPIP Tests.


  • Insight into each test component
  • Background information on question types, scoring, and assessment
  • Explanation of the Performance Standards for the Speaking and Writing Tests
  • Tips for teaching test preparation
  • PDF Instructor Training Manual
  • Certificate of Completion

Instructors have the choice between two training formats: live and recorded.  The live sessions have the advantage of allowing participants to ask the trainer questions during the class.  The recorded version allows participants to complete the training at a time that is convenient to them and at their own pace.  It also includes comprehension quizzes and the opportunity to follow up with questions via email.

Note: Instructors must register at least one week prior to the training to allow time for processing of applications.


  • A live, online session taught by a CELPIP expert
  • Opportunity for questions and discussion


  • A recorded session taught by a CELPIP Expert
  • Comprehension quizzes with explanations of answers
  • Ability to complete the training at one’s convenience
Please note that the recorded training program will become available in your CELPIP account on the training dates specified below.  Participants must fully complete the recorded training program within 10 days of the start date in order to be eligible for a certificate of completion and to receive a PDF Instructor Training Manual.
Participants must create a CELPIP account prior to the training date selected.

Date Time Description
Thursday, July 25, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Last day to register: Thursday, July 18

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Recorded session
Friday, July 26, 2019

Last day to register: Friday, July 19

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Live session
Thursday, August 29, 2019 to Sunday, September 8, 2019

Last day to register: Thursday, August 22

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Recorded session
Friday, August 30, 2019

Last day to register: Friday, August 23

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Live session
Thursday, September 26, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

Last day to register: Thursday, September 19

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Recorded session
Friday, September 27, 2019

Last day to register: Friday, September 20

9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET Live session


Please note: Instructor Training sessions are not suitable for test takers, CELPIP Raters, or members of test centre personnel.



Cost: $75 (Free for teachers working for licensed prep providers)

This self-directed 12-hour online program has been designed for experienced teachers with a CLB 10 level of English and a firm grasp of the structure and content of the CELPIP test. Each of the four skills assessed in the CELPIP Test is explored in detail. Quizzes and interactive exercises throughout the program help teachers gauge their progress. A final exercise at the end of the program will assess overall understanding.  A certificate of achievement will be provided to those with a passing score.

Topics include:

  •  Understanding how CELPIP is different from other language tests
  • Developing practical and productive test-preparation and test-taking strategies
  • Understanding how CELPIP is rated by analyzing sample Writing and Speaking responses
  • Making the best use of instructional products and programs developed for the CELPIP Test
  • Building a strong vocabulary and using English expressions naturally
  • Managing mixed-level classes
  • Using classroom activities that help test takers overcome test anxiety

A prerequisite of CELPIP Advanced Instructor Training is that you first complete CELPIP Instructor Training – either the live or recorded version.  Please see the above section titled, “Sign up for free CELPIP Instructor Training” for more information.

Upcoming Training Dates

Please see below for upcoming training dates.  Advanced Instructor Training begins on the first Tuesday of every month.  The course material will be available in your account for three months.

Start date Progress check

(3 weeks)

Final assignment sent Deadline for submission of Final Assignment          (2 weeks) Final assessment and certificate

(within 2 weeks after submission)

Aug 6 Aug 27 Aug 27 Sept 10 Sept 24
Sept 3 Sept 24 Sept 24 Oct 8 Oct 22
Oct 8 Oct 29 Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 26
Nov 5 Nov 26 Nov 26 Dec 10 Dec 23
Jan 7 Jan 28 Jan 28 Feb 11 Feb 25

While you can work at your own pace, we will conduct a progress check 3 weeks after your start date. If you have successfully completed the program—that is, read all the module content and obtained 100% on each quiz—we will immediately send your Final Assignment by email. Be sure to check the email you used to sign up for the program. There is no need to notify us that you have completed this phase of the training. We will monitor your progress carefully.

Some instructors may take longer than three weeks to complete all of the course material. This is no problem: taking longer than three weeks to complete the modules will not affect your outcome in the course. Be aware, however, that course material completion checks are conducted only on the dates displayed above. If, for example, you receive your course material on August 6, and you complete the modules five weeks later (that is, on September 10), you must wait for the next scheduled progress check on September 23rd.

Final Assignment

The Final Assignment will require that you answer in writing a series of questions to assess your understanding of the material presented in the online material.  It is estimated that it will take between 2-4 hours to complete this assignment. Your Final Assignment will be assessed by our teacher trainers, John and Meaghan, and will include personalized comments.  An explanation of the requirements will be sent to you along with the Final Assignment, when you have completed the online portion of the course.

You will have 2 weeks to complete your Final Assignment and submit it to If you do not submit your assignment by the deadline, you will have to wait until the next assessment cycle for your assignment to be evaluated.

Once you have submitted the Final Assignment, your final assessment and certificate of achievement (if applicable) will be sent to you by email within 10 business days.


Find out what the guidelines are to operate a test preparation program for Paragon’s CELPIP Test.


  • Chris Koelbleitner is Manager of the Instructional Products and Programs Unit at Paragon Testing Enterprises. Chris has over 17 years of experience as a TESL/TEFL professional in Canada and Japan. Chris has extensive, first-hand knowledge of the CELPIP Test, and has worked in rater training, scores management, as well as instructional design. He holds a BA (English); MA (English) and a CELTA.

    Chris Koelbleitner
    Chris Koelbleitner
  • John is an online instructor and content developer at Paragon. He has been a teacher and test preparation instructor for over 20 years in Asia and Canada. John's teaching experiences have given him a well-rounded perspective on language teaching, learning, and assessment practices around the world. In addition to a CELTA, John holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in Applied Linguistics, and is working toward his PhD in Language and Literacy Education.

    John Haggerty
    John Haggerty
  • Meaghan Rondeau is a Content Developer and Online Instructor at Paragon Testing Enterprises. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience in a wide range of contexts, including post-secondary language and humanities courses, ESL, and EAP. In addition, she has worked at Paragon since 2013 in a variety of roles that have helped her develop a thorough knowledge of the CELPIP and CAEL tests. She holds a BA in Classics, MAs in Classics and Philosophy, a TESOL Diploma, and an MFA in Creative Writing.

    Meaghan Rondeau
    Meaghan Rondeau