Working with us as an examiner

Our international reputation for excellence, reliability and fairness in language assessment depends on the high quality and professionalism of our examiners. Thousands of people work for us as examiners, both in Japan and in countries around the world.


If you have a language teaching qualification and have relevant teaching experience, there may be opportunities for you to work with us as an examiner. This page gives you more information about what examiners do and what is required from them, and the necessary induction and training.

Please read this information carefully. If you meet the required criteria, you are invited to search for upcoming training sessions.

How to become an examiner

The induction process
Before you can do any live examining, you will be invited to complete Induction, Training, and Certification of Procedure and Assessment modules. These modules may be delivered by online self-access and/or via face-to-face meetings.

Speaking examiners Speaking examiners are required to undertake examining at centres locally or at least within a 100 km radius of their home address. Assignments normally take place during morning and afternoon sessions at weekends. Sessions take place throughout the year but peak in May/June and November/December.

Please do not apply for Speaking test examining work unless you are reasonably available to undertake assignments during the weekends. Speaking test examiners will not be asked to undertake more than two sessions a day.

What are the requirements?

We welcome your application to become an examiner if you have:

  • education to first degree level or equivalent*
  • a recognised language teaching qualification*
  • proof of substantial, relevant, recent teaching experience

*An applicant may be exempt either from the formal teaching qualification or from the first degree/equivalent requirement (but not both) if they can provide evidence of considerable relevant teaching experience supported by positive references.


Upcoming training dates

Young Learner Examiner Training Sunday, January 10 (10:00 a.m. ~ 5:45 p.m.), and Monday January 11, 2016 (9:30a.m.~ 1 p.m)

Professional development day-long session to train experienced and qualified teachers of young learners, to be become Speaking Examiners (SEs). This workshop will cover the speaking tests for the three levels of YLE – Starters, Movers and Flyers. The aims of the training session are: to make trainee examiners aware of the general responsibilities of a Cambridge English Language Assessment speaking test examiner, likely problems/issues that may arise and how to manage them effectively; to familiarise trainee examiners with the format and procedure of the YLE Speaking tests; to give trainee examiners the opportunity to conduct practice Speaking tests; to standardise the assessment of YLE candidates: ensuring familiarity with Cambridge English Language Assessment criteria, with standards set by standardisation DVD, and making sure SEs are able to carry out accurate assessments in accordance with these; to give trainee examiners the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about all aspects of the above.

Cambridge English Language Assessment speaking test examiners must have: 3+ years relevant, recent, full-time teaching experience; University degree; valid visa; EFL qualification preferred; non-native speakers may apply.

Training fee: 10,000 yen

Venue: Hiroshima YMCA
Address: 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0013