CLB Bootcamp

First developed in 2007, CCLB updated the CLB Bootcamp in 2014 with funding from the Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration of Ontario with advisory support funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

This 10 hour self-directed training allows you to familiarize yourself with the CLB’s and their role with planning and assessment. 

  • CLB Basics: which provides an introduction to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) including the theoretical framework, the revised CLB document and the CLB for Literacy Learners document 

  • Planning and the CLB: which covers module planning and daily lesson planning 

  • Classroom Assessment and the CLB: which deals with ongoing learner assessment as well as an introduction to PBLA

To complete this course, you must achieve at least 70% in each quiz, each activity must be marked as completed (check mark), and you must spend a minimum of 420 minutes on the course contents (this is not monitored, however if you read and work through the course as intended, you will reach this time frame naturally). Once you have the completion check marks for each activity and spent the minimum time required on the course, you will be able to generate your certification of completion. This certificate counts for 10 PD hours.

The CLB Bootcamp also includes Supplementary Activities for TESL Training Students. These activities and assignments can be used in TESL training programs and must be submitted to the TESL instructor of the different courses. CCLB does not monitor or mark these activities.


This course is free! To access it, follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Create a user account
  • Confirm your account by following the steps outlined in the system message sent to your email address (if the email does not arrive in your inbox, check your junk/clutter folders)
  • Once logged in, you will see a hyperlink to this course
  • Click on the link and start!

Following completion of CLB Bootcamp, TESL students, new TESL graduates, ESL instructors or new administrators who wish to further their knowledge on PBLA principles, can self-enroll in the self-directed Introduction to PBLA for New Classroom Instructors course. For access information, please watch this video.

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