IELTS examiners are qualified, experienced English language specialists. The Speaking and Writing Modules of the IELTS test are assessed by certificated examiners. IELTS examiners are required to re-certificate every two years and their performance is closely monitored to ensure global standards are maintained.
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:
- applicants must be native speaker (or a non-native speaker of an overall IELTS Band 9 - with a 9 in both Speaking and Writing modules);
- applicants must have a relevant TEFL qualification eg CELTS/DELTA;
- applicants must have at least three years relevant teaching experience; and
- applicants must have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
The applications of the nominated examiners have to 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.