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Professional Development Programme

The Exams Office provides a 'free-to-access' Professional Development Programme which is available to ALL exams officers - members and non-members.

The Exams Office Professional Development Programme has been designed to meet the needs of both new and experienced exams officers.

If you are a non-member, please e-mail to request the documents listed below. 

How do I complete the Professional Development Programme?

The programme is completed via three termly Professional Development Plans (PDPs).

Plans are made available for each academic term:

There is an additional induction plan to support new exams officers (see below).

The support documents below, published in August, help you successfully complete your PDP during the 2016/17 academic year. Access these documents and use/complete as instructed:

You should use your PDP with your line manager as a professional development document, who should 'sign off' each termly plan when successfully completed.

Retain your PDP each term as a record of tasks completed/success criteria and line manager approval.

You could use this portfolio as part of your career development or when applying for other roles or transferring to another centre.

Recognition - 'Certificate of Completion'

At the end of each term, you or your line manager can email The Exams Office at to acquire a 'Certificate of Completion'.

Please include your centre name as certificates are only issued to members.

New Exams Officers

New Exams Officers should complete the termly PDPs detailed above, beginning with the term relevant to their start date.

In addition to this, on first starting their role, new exams officers should also complete:

Recognition is also available on successful completion.


Our 'free-to-attend' national Professional Development Conferences - to be held each January and July - are part of our Professional Development Programme.

By attending one of our conferences, you will acquire hints, tips, guidance and information which will help you to complete your PDP.

For more details of our 2016/17 Conference programme please click the link below.

Professional Development Conferences 2016/17

  • 13 January 2017 - Leeds, The Met Hotel
  • 20 January 2017 - Birmingham, Colmore Gate
  • 30 January 2017 - London, Grand Connaught Rooms

  • 3 July 2017 - National Summer Conference (Grand Connaught Rooms, London)

Members are granted free entry to all of our conferences 

For information on additional training, please click links below:

Acquire quality professional development and ease presure on your centre budget by completing

The Exams Office Professional Development Programme

Please note that completing The Exams Office's Professional Development Programme, or by receiving a Certificate of Completion, does not place any responsibility, or onus, upon The Exams Office for the administration and management of examinations in any school/college. It is the responsibility of the exams officer, their line manager and/or the Head of Centre for the conducting, administration and management of examinations within their school/college. 

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