IELTS Examiners

IELTS Examiners

IELTS examiners are qualified, experienced English language specialists. Writing and Speaking assessments are carried out by trained and certificated examiners. The examiners work to clearly defined criteria and are subject to extensive and detailed quality control procedures.

It is the responsibility of each IELTS test centre to recruit and train a pool of examiners. Centres recruit on a needs basis and nominate examiners who meet the following requirements:

  • an undergraduate degree or qualification(s) that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree 
  • a TEFL/TESOL qualification from a recognised institution
  • have substantial relevant teaching experience. The majority of this teaching experience must relate to adult students (16 years and over)

The applications of the nominated examiners must be approved by a qualified examiner trainer. After approval the examiner undergoes face-to-face training, conducted by an accredited IELTS trainer and is required to do the certification assessment.

Interested in becoming an IELTS examiner?

If you are interested in becoming an IELTS examiner and you meet the requirements outlined above, please contact your local test centre. Or, if you are based in the Middle East, email

The Examiner System

The assessment of professional attributes and interpersonal skills of examiner applicants occurs at 3 stages in the recruitment process: application form, interview, and training. All examiners must have the experience outlined above.
Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and, if successful, complete an induction process.
Applicants who successfully complete induction proceed to training, which is carried out by an examiner trainer and lasts four days.
They then complete a certification set to demonstrate that they can apply the assessment criteria accurately and reliably are certificated as examiners.


Year 1: Monitoring Year 2: Standardisation and recertification
Examiners are monitored at least once every two years. New examiners (and those who have not recently worked as IELTS examiners) are monitored three times in their first year. Monitoring is carried out by examiner trainers. All examiners receive written feedback on their rating and also on the delivery of the Speaking test. They may be required to take corrective action if any issues are raised about their performance.

Standardisation sessions are held every two years and are led by an examiner trainer. Standardisation is completed at the centre and takes place as close as possible to the two-yearly recertification of the examiner. After the standardisation session, the examiners then complete a new certification set to demonstrate they can apply the assessment criteria accurately..