English City & Guilds Organisation General information
General information

With 500 qualifications in 26 different professions and 2,000,000 candidates annually, City & Guilds is the largest non-profit organisation for education and certification of vocational expertise and skills worldwide. It was established in London in 1878 and has a dynamic presence in 100 countries.

City & Guilds:


  • issues internationally recognized vocational training qualifications as valid proof of possessing a specific level of knowledge
  • establishes quality standards and examination systems for the assessment of knowledge and skills
  • provides all citizens with equal opportunities for employment and professional development
  • designs teaching material on the practical and theoretical level, influential in the international job market. The City & Guilds international network numbers more than 8,500 bodies in the public and private sector in 81 countries. These bodies meet the highest standards in terms of facilities, teaching staff and teaching methods. Included among them are universities, colleges, ministries, public and private schools, companies, vocational training centres, labour associations, municipalities and townships.

The City & Guilds National Vocational Qualifications have been accredited by the British Qualifications & Curriculum Authority and are part of the National Qualifications Framework, while they have been recognized by governments and corresponding accreditation institutions in several other countries.

ESOL Qualifications


City & Guilds issues qualifications for International English for Speakers of Other Languages, (IESOL) and International Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages (ISESOL).

The City & Guilds programme for certifying knowledge of the English language acquired the official “stamp” of the Greek State and is recognized by ASEP (Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection) at all levels (Excellent, Very good, Good and Fair knowledge).

The IESOL and ISESOL qualifications are two separate examinations: the results of one do not affect the results of the other. Thus, candidates who are successful in the IESOL exam, but fail the ISESOL, may re-sit only the ISESOL exam if they so wish.

The exams are held according to demand and candidates are not limited by specific dates. The IESOL and ISESOL Qualifications are available at six levels as specified by the Common European Framework (CEF) of the European Council.