To ensure examinations at your centre run smoothly you will need an experienced and efficient invigilation team. All invigilators need to be trained to keep up to date with the rules and regulations set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), as well as your centre’s practices.


The role of the invigilator is to ensure that the examination is conducted according to the current JCQ instructions for conducting examinations.

Invigilators are needed to:

  • ensure all candidates have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities;
  • ensure the security of the examination before, during and after the examination;
  • prevent possible candidate malpractice;
  • prevent possible administrative failures.

Invigilator training

To help you train your invigilators you can use the editable invigilation training presentation on this page.

An extra time ready reckoner is also available on this page to help you and your invigilators identify when candidates with extra time exams will finish.

Good practice

  • Centres should prepare a handbook for invigilators incorporating appropriate sections from the JCQ instructions for conducting examinations booklet.
  • A training session should be held for any new invigilators.
  • An update meeting should be held for the existing invigilation team so that they are aware of any changes.
  • Make sure that invigilators know what is expected of them.
  • Consideration should be given to the appointment of senior invigilators.
  • Invigilators should always be provided with badges so that they may be easily identified by candidates and other staff as a member of centre staff.
  • Keep a database of your invigilation team and use them all.
  • Run de-briefing sessions after exams.
  • You may want to put in place a confidentiality agreement between your school/college and each invigilator. We have provided a sample agreement, however more examples can be found online.