Сertifications of the Italian Language
Our Preparation Course for Certifications
The objective of this course is to prepare you to face the exams of the Italian language.
The course is focused both on the linguistic aspects and the methodology of the examination: Our commitment, in addition to the language training, is to put you in the position of being able to fully express (show all your skills) and to obtain a certification of the level you deserve.
During this course tests will be carried out to help you appreciate your progress and understand the adequacy of your own preparation to pass the exam.
Сertifications of the Italian Language
There are four main certifications of the Italian language.
It is important to understand that, in general, there is no ‘better’ or ‘worse’ certification; the certificate choice depends on your personal / professional goals. You just need to choose the most appropriate one according to your needs.
Below are the most common types of certificates, together with a brief description of the peculiarities and differences. If you have any doubts about what is suitablet for you, Contact us! We will suggest you the most suitable certification according to your needs.
For more details on the language courses, for general information and for current offers, please, contact us! We would like to offer you a free consultation to define the best way of achieving your language goal.
Details of the Italian Certifications
CELI – Certificate of Knowledge of the Italian Language
The certificate of the Italian Language (CELI) is a title that accredits the degree of linguist competence and control of Italian given by the University for Foreigners of Perugia.
The CELI certificate is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education and also internationally recognized by private companies, chambers of commerce and private and public educational institutions.
The exam leading to a certificate is independent of former exams so the candidates can choose freely the level (there are 5 levels of the exam) and the certification that they consider adequate for their preparation and aims.
CILS – The Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language
CILS is a certificate of Italian as a second language, measures and assesses the level of competence a student has reached in the Italian language. It is useful for those who have a desire to work and study in Italy, or simply for those who wish to evaluate their competence in the Italian language.
The CILS covers four levels. Each of these represents a progressively higher level of linguistic and communicative ability. Each CILS level is autonomous and complete: the certification for each level represents a degree of communicative ability which is adequate for specific social, professional and scholastic contexts.
Awarded by the prestigious University of Siena for Foreigners, the certificate is legally recognized as an official certification of linguistic competence.
PLIDA – Dante Alighieri Society Diplomas
The PLIDA certificate attests proficiency in Italian as a foreign language. It is an official diploma issued by the Società Dante Alighieri under an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Certification is designed for people who’s mother tongue is not Italian. All candidates can choose the level that they consider closest to their level of skill. PLIDA certification evaluates skills in Italian as a foreign language according to a six-tier scale, from A1 to C2.
The Certification test is designed on the principles of the communicative approach and it is based on real-life tasks which test the ability to apply knowledge of the language within the chosen level, in the four linguistic skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
AIL – Accademia Italiana di lingua
The Accademia Italiana di Lingua (“Italian Academy of Languages”) was founded in Florence in 1984 as a non profit association between private and public schools, teaching Italian as a second and a foreign language. The Association was supported by the European Council’s recommendations suggesting a range of diverse levels of competence.
The Qualification is open to all foreign applicants wishing to validate their abilities in Italian language
For the specific certification details, please, refer to the portals of Certification Institutes.