Registration for CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad (TPO) 2018 is now open. Please click here to register.

Please note current information on this site pertains to CENTA TPO 2017. Details about CENTA TPO 2018 will be updated shortly.

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CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) is a first-of-its-kind national competition to reward, recognize and celebrate teachers and also the first step towards the CENTA Certificates. Now in its third year, TPO comes to Dubai with its first International center, CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad TPO 2017 will be held on December 9th, 2017 (Saturday) in three time slots.

CENTA Standards

TPO 2017 is based on the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) Standards, a set of well-defined competencies for teachers. TPO will cover a subset of the CENTA Standards and candidates can go through the practical assessment post the TPO to attain the full CENTA Certificates.

Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) offers Level 1, 2 and 3 Certificates for new, experienced and senior teachers respectively, aiming to create a career path and opportunities for teachers, and serving as a pointer for schools in their recruiting and professional development efforts. TPO is common for teachers of all experience levels.

Formats, Subjects, Syllabus


  • Two-hour, multiple choice test, no negative marking.
  • Competencies tested were based on the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) Standards.
  • Computer-based, but the simple interface meant that knowledge of computers was not required!
  • Three sections, no section-wise time limit, questions could have been attempted in any order.

Section Marks Number of questions
Subject Expertise (including teaching methods) (Specific to your subject track) 40 25
Classroom Practice and Professional Competencies (Common for all subject tracks) 40 25
Logical Ability and Communication (Common for all subject tracks) 20 14
Total 100 64


  • The first section differed based on the subject chosen.
  • 3 subject options in TPO 2017
    1. Middle School English
    2. Middle School Maths
    3. Middle School Science
  • A candidate could participate in more than one subject track (maximum of 3).
  • Candidates registering for more than one test track had to take Section 1, 2 and 3 for only ONE of the subject tracks and ONLY Section 1 for the others.

*Please note that the subject(s) participants choose for TPO may or may not be their current subject; it is entirely their choice.

TPO Challenger was an additional option available in Middle school Maths, Science and English. Candidates took the main two hour test and an additional section for 1.5 hours after a short break. For more details on TPO Challenger, click here.


Click here to download a broad Syllabus for TPO.

Click here to download a broad Syllabus for TPO Challenger.

TPO Challenger

What is Challenger and in which subject track was it offered?

  • An in-depth test of subject expertise, meant for teachers who have deep interest in their subject.
  • TPO Challenger 2017 was offered in three subject tracks:
    1. Middle School English Challenger
    2. Middle School Mathematics Challenger
    3. Middle School Science Challenger

How long was the Challenger for?

TPO Challenger was a 3 hour 30 minutes test.

1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. GST Same test as the regular TPO in the chosen subject track
3:30 P.M. to 3:45 P.M. GST Break
3:45 P.M. to 5:15 P.M. GST In-depth test for Challenger participants

PLEASE NOTE registration was not required for both the main TPO and the Challenger in the SAME subject, since the main TPO was automatically included in the Challenger.

Ranks and Prizes

Ranks to be declared

Overall Ranks 1 to 500
Subject Ranks 1 to 50 per subject track
City Ranks (only for cities with large participation) 1 to 10
TPO Challenger 1 to 50 per challenger track

* All ranks are subject to meeting a certain cut-off score

** Place of residence (NOT test centre) will be used for City ranks.

*** City ranks will be based on performance of both Indian and Dubai participants.


What are the prizes? Who all get them?
Certificates and Career Opportunities
  • TPO Certificates for all Rank-Holders.
  • All Schools and Organizations with any rank-holder to receive TPO Certificates.
  • 50 rank-holders from government and affordable private schools to receive scholarship from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to pursue CENTA Certification ('Social Impact Awards').
  • 100+ Cash AwardsCash Awards to be won
  • 50 Overall Rank Holders
  • Rank 1: AED 5000
    Rank 2&3: AED 2500
    Rank 4 to 10: AED 500
    Rank 11 to 50: AED 250
  • 30 Challenger Track Rank Holders (for each of the 3 Challenger tracks)
  • Rank 1: AED 5000
    Rank 2&3: AED 2500
    Rank 4 to 10: AED 500
    National Recognition in The Hindu Profiles of rank holders to be published in the The Hindu of publications.
    International Conference Sponsorship, Dubai 17 winners to attend Global Education & Skills Forum, by Varkey Foundation in Dubai, with airfare and accommodation sponsored.
  • 14 Subject Track Toppers (Rank 1 of each TPO subject track)
  • 3 Challenger Track Toppers (Rank 1 of each TPO Challenger track)
  • Co-author a Book facilitated by Central Square Foundation 38 winners to co-author a book
  • Top 10 National Rank Holders
  • 14 TPO Subject Track Toppers
  • 9 Challenger Track Toppers (Top 3 rank holders of each of the 3 Challenger Tracks)
  • 5 winners serving in tough socio-economic setting (Social Impact Awards)
  • Sponsored two-week International Program at Oxford University 2 English Challenger Track Winners to attend Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass at Oxford University
    Training Sponsorship by Oxford University Press 16 English Challenger Track Winners
  • Rank 3 to 6: Sponsored for Oxford Teachers' Academy Online training program in partnership with Oxford University
  • Rank 7 to 16: Sponsorsed for Online Teacher Training Program

  • Date, Time Slots, Fees

    Date: CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO) 2017 was held on December 9th (Saturday).

    Time Slots for TPO:

    • 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM GST
    • 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM GST
    • 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM GST

    Time Slots for TPO Challenger:

    • 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM + 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM

    * However, some of the Subject Tracks may not have been available in all the time slots (details in the registration form).


    • TPO (Dubai) - AED 350 (including GST)
    • TPO Challenger (Dubai) - AED 460 (including GST)
    • Special registration fee pricing for individuals who registered as a group of five or more.