For information on our 'Invigilator Training' programme, please visit the 'Invigilator Training' section of our website


To ensure exams are conducted as required, in line with JCQ and awarding body regulations and instructions, a team of invigilators needs to be in place in a centre.

JCQ General regulations for approved centres, Chapter 5 states, a centre must...

  • provide fully trained invigilators for examinations, including on-screen and computer based assessments;
  • provide fully trained Oral Language Modifiers, practical assistants, readers, scribes and Sign Language Interpreters for examinations where permitted in accordance with the JCQ publication Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments...


Whether invigilators are members of staff with other roles in the centre or staff recruited externally for the sole purpose of invigilation, they need to be trained in the role and kept updated on annual changes. JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations, Chapter 6 states...

  • A training session must be held for any new invigilators.
  • An update meeting must be held for the existing invigilation team so that they are aware of any changes.
  • You must make sure that invigilators know what is expected of them.  


An effective team of invigilators will ensure that exams run smoothly and according to the required instructions for conducting exams. The Exams Office provides a suite of resources to support the recruitment, training and deployment of invigilators.



Members click here to access the Invigilation support resources  page


Planning (Recruiting invigilators)


Pre-exams (Training invigilators)


Exam time (Deploying invigilators)


Exams review (Gathering feedback from invigilators)



Invigilation videos


The Exams Office - in conjunction with OCR - have added a series of JCQ-compliant online video clips incorporating the latest rules and regulations relating to invigilation. These are intended to help our members when training their invigilators.


The first 5 clips focus upon:




The Exams Office is the only organisation which provides exams officers with up-to-date and accurate online videos which you can use to train your invigilators



The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in schools/colleges as a result of the information provided on our website or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of schools/colleges to apply this information as they deem necessary within their own centre. You should always contact/refer to the relevant awarding body for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding their qualifications.


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