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I've just come across this thread - I realise it's a bit old now but just wanted to put my tuppence worth in as a celta trainer myself. I can't speak for all trainers, obviously, but my experience is that as a bunch, we are pretty fair-minded and supportive (you have to be to help people through the course). We often have experienced teachers on our courses and I feel that although any previous teaching helps a lot in terms of having the confidence to stand up in front of people, transferable classroom management skills, etc, it can be a double edged sword as experience is often grounded in more of a 'show and tell' approach and doesn't allow learners the opportunity to practise. This is clearly not always the case but it can be. As to people who have MAs - this is a great qualification (I have one myself) but it is theoretical and celta is unequivocally practical in nature. Knowing about how something works in theory doesn't always mean you can do it in practice (although it's a good start, clearly!).