If you are a school, college or university student or someone who runs business and industry training programmes, the CLB serves as an entry-level qualification and set in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.
The qualification consists of the following units:
Each unit consists of:
The qualification focuses on authentic work-related scenarios and tasks with realistic outcomes. The content covers six topic areas:
For detailed information on the content and format of the qualification please refer to the CLB Qualification Specification.
You can take the CLB in French, German and Spanish, and other languages subject to demand.
"Very practical and helpful for real life situations" Chloe (Year 12 student)
"Overall, I find the course very useful and it’s something we can use in the future, especially for the workplace" Ellie (Year 12 student)
"I am teaching this course in a secondary school to Year 12 students and have a mix of ability in the class from students who started with no Spanish at all to those who are studying Spanish for A-level. The course is very practical, interesting to teach and with a great variety of activities to engage the students, no matter what level they are at. I worked in international business for many years prior to becoming a language teacher and I can vouch for the fact that the material is very current and the skills learnt will be extremely useful in the workplace. I can really see this course taking off. Employers will love it!!" Eilis Jordan (Teacher)
Unlike our professional qualifications, the CLB is delivered integrated with teaching due to its controlled assessments. The CLB is currently only available through registered centres. Please send us a message to find out where you can study towards the CLB. Please note that as the Awarding Organisation for the CLB, we are unable to endorse or recommend any particular courses.
Our partner, The Language Alliance, has produced materials for use in schools which are also available to other training providers. Please follow the link below for further information on this, as well as webinars and events about the CLB.
The CLB exam takes place once a year. The dates and arrangements for 2021 exams will be announced in due course.
Reading and Writing
Speaking and Listening
Please contact us to find out more.
As candidates register through centres, these exam fees are not payable to CIOL Qualifications directly. Please enquire with the centre regarding fees.
The CLB is currently offered by a number of schools and universities. Please contact us to find out more. There is currently no CIOLQ Open Centre available for the CLB.
We welcome schools, universities and other training providers who would like to offer the CIOL Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in Languages for Business. Centres for this qualification carry out the controlled assessments of their learners and facilitate the final examinations. Please click here to submit an enquiry: Certificate in Languages for Business - Centre enquiry