Foreign Language Courses Now Available on TESDA

With thousands of other applicants hoping to be hired in jobs abroad, those with special skills often have an edge over the competition. For example, those who know the foreign country might be prioritized over someone who only knows English. It is, therefore, a good thing that foreign language courses are now available through TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority).

This is certainly great news for OFWs!

If you are planning to get a job abroad, why not learn a new foreign language with TESDA? Workers who are prequalified to work overseas or in foreign-owned companies are prioritized on the shortlist.

Going to School

There are 6 foreign language courses available in this program. Basic Japanese Language and Culture runs for 150 hours while the rest are for 100 hours: Basic English Language, Basic Korean Language and Culture, Basic Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture, Basic Arabic Language and Saudi/Gulf Culture, and Basic Spanish Language for Different Vocations.

Although TESDA offers plenty of courses online, the foreign language courses are often learned via partner agencies and language schools. Thus, it is best for interested learners to contact the nearest TESDA office about enrollment in regarding this program or to enlist for the course, especially because not all TESDA offices are offering these lessons.

For NCR applicants, you can contact TESDA LSI – Lingkod Bayan Skills Development Center, Quezon City, located at Barangay Hall, Dahlia Street, Fairview, Quezon City, or call them at (02) 937- 4248.

Another option is for you to visit National LSI – TESDA Complex, Taguig City, at Bldg. 10, TESDA Complex, East Service Rd., South Superhighway, Taguig City; call them at (02) 818-8062; or send an email via

Click here for a complete list of TESDA offices you can contact.


Aiming at helping Filipinos find a job abroad, this program is only available for Filipino citizens over 18 years old. They must also be pre-qualified/ pre-selected to work locally or in-country foreign-owned company or overseas.

Interested learners must also bring the following documentary requirements:

1. Original copy of NSO birth certificate

2. Three (3) pcs. 1”x1” and (1) pc. 2”x2” ID pictures with white background

3. One (1) long brown envelope

4. Original copy of ANY of the following:

  • College or High School Diploma
  • Transcript of Records
  • Training Certificate from TESDA registered program
  • National Certificate or Certificate of Competency issued by TESDA

5. Computer-based Manpower Profile to be encoded upon submission of all documentary requirements

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