Examination invigilators are part of the Exams Office team. The role of the examination invigilator is to ensure that examinations are conducted according to the current JCQ instructions for conducting examinations.

The invigilator is the person in the examination room responsible for conducting a particular examination session in the presence of the candidates. Invigilators have a key role in upholding the integrity of the external examination/assessment process.

What’s involved

The invigilator’s role covers:

  • ensuring all candidates have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities
  • ensuring the security of the examination before, during and after the examination
  • preventing possible candidate malpractice
  • preventing possible administrative failures
  • liaising with the Examination Officer and Senior Invigilator

Skills and experience you will need

  • good communication skills
  • good IT and administrative skills
  • good organizational skills
  • able to work as a member of a team

Entry requirements

It is up to schools and Local Authorities (LAs) to decide what qualifications and experience applicants need to have, so it is important to check locally. Some may employ people on the basis of their experience and potential alone. Others may require a qualification.

The following qualification is available for those not yet employed in the role:

  • Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools

However, this award is solely theory-based, without requiring a placement in a school, so it is important to check with the school or LA whether they would accept the qualification.

Training and development

There are qualifications and training courses available specifically for those in this role.

  • Level 2 Award in Invigilation
  • Level 3 Award in Senior Invigilation
  • Level 3 Award in Invigilation Management

To find out more about these qualifications visit: Exam Officers' Association

If you need more help speak to the person responsible for your career development or your Union Learning Representative.

Useful links

For more information on the work of Invigilators visit:

Exam Officers' Association

For more information in Scotland, contact Skills Development Scotland

In Northern Ireland contact Careers Service Northern Ireland  

In Wales / Cymru contact Careers Wales