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Who we are

“As test providers, we take the multilingual goals of the Council of Europe and the European Commission seriously. This many languages from a single provider – this is only possible with telc. We stand for quality and service. And, we offer excellent value for money.“

Jürgen Keicher, Managing Director of telc gGmbH

telc stands for The European Language Certificates. We offer language tests based on international standards: fair, transparent and reliable. Consistent with our European focus, we currently offer more than 80 different examinations in 11 languages. Under the name telc training, telc also offers a wide variety of training courses specifically aimed at language trainers.

The not-for-profit telc gGmbH is highly recognised, not only because of its sound work in the field of education, but also because of its long history. For over 45 years, telc has built a large international network with our partners. Here are a few figures: 

  • more than 3,000 telc licensed partners in over 20 countries
  • more than 100 telc trainers
  • more than 12,000 licensed examiners in Europe

Close cooperation with telc partners makes us strong and helps us continue to develop products which are fit for purpose. Language learning has come a long way since telc developed its first telc certificate in the 60s. And, telc - language tests have always kept up with the times, adding didactical and methodological details and implementing task-based test formats. Logistics and evaluation techniques have always played a major role, whether in the form of earlier punch card systems or today's high-performance scanners. Standardised and centralised analysis ensures the quality of the telc certificates and efficient administration, as well.

telc gGmbH is a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association (DVV). By offering a certification system of its own, DVV created a unique opportunity for lifelong learning and provided proof of its achievements in education early on.

The exchange with other major European test providers, particularly within the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), gives additional momentum. In addition, we keep up with the latest trends in assessment by attending conferences and cooperating with universities.