Business English Trainers (Online)

ASEAN Business English is an online school founded with the aim of addressing the specific needs of Business English learners from the member nations of ASEAN – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Our learning community is spread across the 10 member nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and we have a following of around 45,000 people.

The project exists to support graduates of DigiTEFL’s courses in Teaching Business English (DigiTEFL Cert. IBET) and Online Course Delivery. We are not interested in employing teachers, but in supporting our community members in establishing themselves as independent, freelance practitioners.

Associate Teachers

Associate teachers work with private learners who require tailor-made training. Duties include performing a needs analysis and bespoke course design. On average, individual training consists of 20 hours, entailing that teachers earn $600 per learner.


  • $30/hour for private learners … learners pay the teacher directly
  • Teachers may set their own fees for asynchronous courses


Associate teachers are graduates of DigiTEFL’s courses in Teaching Business English (DigiTEFL Cert. IBET) and Online Course Delivery.

How to Apply?

Register for Teaching Business English & Online Course Delivery.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you guarantee my investment in the training will be justified?


In terms of ABE, teaching just one learner for 8 hours will reimburse you in full. Our training actually guides you towards developing 20 – 30 hours of tailor-made training for each student. You’ll be introduced to your first 3 learners as part of the Teaching Business English course.

Apart from ABE, which is largely intended to help you get started, the training is applicable in other contexts. The comprehensive Business English course will fully-equip you to build your own clientele, delivering Business English training both online and face-to-face in corporate settings.

I already have a TEFL certificate.

Great! We accept any 120-hour TEFL/TESOL certificate. The International Open Academy course mentioned above is just for people who don’t already have a TEFL/TESOL certificate. You don’t need to do another one!

Is a degree required?

No! We value other qualifications and experience too. We are specifically interested in helping non-graduate teachers who have real-world business experience, which will be of more direct benefit to Business English learners.

Is there an age limit for teacher registrations?

Absolutely not! Unlike some of the big online school chains, we do not consider being young and pretty a qualification for online teaching! We are particularly keen to help retired people who have a business background to open an additional source of revenue.

How about South Africans, non-native English speakers, people of colour etc. who are too often discriminated against in the TEFL industry?

MisterBee (Training & Educational Services) – the parent of ASEAN Business English and DigiTEFL eLearning – has a strict equality policy. We do not discriminate on any grounds whatsoever. All participants of the ABE project receive the same high level of training and are on an equal footing, receiving the same hourly rate of $30/hour and given an equal distribution of students.

I already have a Business English teaching certificate. Do I need the DigiTEFL Cert. IBET too?

Yes! The DigiTEFL Cert. IBET means we can guarantee the high quality of our participating teachers, and entails that members of the informal community are working with the same standards. Further, since you will be paid directly by your learners and we don’t take a cut, the ABE project is solely funded by fees for the required courses.

I already teach online, so don’t need further training.

You may well be experienced in delivering live lessons in a virtual classroom, but this is just one element of online education. Our specialist training covers an array of topics from designing and delivering entire online courses in virtual learning environments, plus content design, how to effectively balance self-access content with live sessions, the facilitation of learner-centred knowledge construction, and assessment. If you think ‘teaching online’ means just live lessons in a virtual classroom, then get ready to think again! Further, since you will be paid directly by your students and we don’t take a cut, the ABE project is solely funded by fees for the required courses.

Are DigiTEFL courses accredited?

DigiTEFL eLearning is devoted to supporting independent online English teachers, so our training is designed specifically for people who wish to work on a freelance basis. If you are seeking employment which requires accreditation, we recommend the Trinity Cert. IBET. This follows exactly the same curriculum as the DigiTEFL Cert. IBET. You will learn exactly the same skills, but will pay several times the price!