Those making millions of dollars from the TEFL training industry have been allowing and even instructing their sales reps to lie to new inbound teachers to China by telling them "YOU MUST HAVE A TEFL CERTIFICATE TO TEACH IN CHINA". For the record, this is ONLY true if the teacher applicant does not have two years of previous teaching experience that can be verified.
TEFL certificates do NOT replace nor substitute the mandatory Chinese government requirement for a bachelor degree from an accredited university. Many unethical China job recruiters are now trying to pass off this BS as fact and gullible people are shelling out $199 - $2,999 to take a TEFL course that is not really needed.
Yet other shady China job agents are just selling fake TEFL certificates for $500, and we are tracking them down one by one and turning them into the authorities for the 15,000 reward. Last month we earned 90,000 in rewards and will use half this money to advertise the truth being hidden from China Job Applicants, and the other half to host a summer camp for Chinese orphan and disabled kids. For more information about the official 2017 China foreign teacher requirements, see these links;