The Invigilator Digital Accreditation (IDA) is annually updated on an academic year basis

Access to the IDA is included within your centre membership to The Exams Office


What the accreditation offers

An online timed assessment designed to assess and measure the knowledge and understanding of trained invigilators (and where relevant, facilitators of access arrangements) of what is expected of them when supervising and supporting candidates under examination conditions in accordance with the JCQ publication Instructions for conducting examinations (ICE).

The sections within the IDA do not address centre-specific requirements and processes (within the regulations) which invigilators should be separately briefed on/trained in by their centre


The IDA covers assessment of content (where relevant to the role of the invigilator) from the JCQ publication Instructions for conducting examinations (ICE).

The IDA is an ‘open-book’ assessment where invigilators are permitted to refer to the ICE publication when taking each section.

As the IDA is updated on an academic year basis to reflect any regulation changes/updates in ICE relevant to the role, invigilators should complete the accreditation on an annual basis to confirm an up-to-date knowledge of current regulations.

The total number of questions to be answered is 75 in a maximum time period of 40 minutes as follows:

(Section 1) Invigilation arrangements (10 questions, maximum time allocation 5 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of ICE, section 12 (and appendices 4-7)

(Section 2) Preparing for the examination (15 questions, maximum time allocation 8 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of ICE, sections 6-11 (and appendices 2, 4, 7) which includes:

  • Starting times for examinations
  • Timetable clashes
  • Overnight supervision arrangements
  • Resources for examinations
  • Using calculators
  • Accommodation

(Section 3) At the beginning of the examination (15 questions, maximum time allocation 8 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of ICE,  sections 16-19 (and appendices 3, 8) which includes:

  • Identifying candidates
  • The people present
  • Question papers, stationery, materials and other equipment
  • Starting the examination

(Section 4) During the examination (10 questions, maximum time allocation 5 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of ICE, sections 20-25 which includes:

  • Supervising the candidates
  • Candidates who arrive late
  • Completing the attendance register
  • Leaving the examination room
  • Malpractice
  • Emergencies

(Section 5) At the end of, and after, the examination (10 questions, maximum time allocation 5 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of ICE, sections 26 -28, 30-31 which includes:

  • Finishing the examination
  • Collecting the scripts
  • Packing scripts
  • Unused stationery
  • Releasing question papers

(Section 6) Instructions for conducting on-screen tests (5 questions, maximum time allocation 3 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of ICE, appendix 1 which includes:

  • Security
  • Timetabling of tests
  • Use of calculators
  • Resources
  • Accommodation
  • Invigilation arrangements
  • Emergencies
  • Finishing the examination

(Section 7) Invigilating and facilitating access arrangements (10 questions, maximum time allocation 6 minutes)

Designed to assess knowledge of access arrangements in relation to the role of an invigilator (and facilitator acting as a reader, scribe, practical assistant or prompter).

Questions refer to ICE, sections 13 (Invigilation arrangements for candidates with access arrangements) and 14 (Access arrangements) and relevant sections of the JCQ Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments publication, focusing upon the following arrangements:

  • Computer reader/reader
  • Read aloud and/or the use of an examination reading pen
  • Scribe/speech recognition technology
  • Practical Assistant
  • The role of a roving invigilator
  • Prompter
  • Other arrangements:
    • Supervised rest breaks
    • Separate invigilation within the centre
    • Word processors
    • Bilingual translation dictionaries
    • Colour naming by the invigilator for candidates who are colour blind
    • Extra time
    • Modified papers

The unit does not cover the specialist facilitator roles: Communication ProfessionalLanguage Modifier.


(Note where a facilitator is supporting a candidate in an exam room on a 1:1 basis and (where permitted by the regulations) also acting as the invigilator, as well as facilitator trained the facilitator must also be invigilator trained)


Questions are selected randomly from a bank of questions

To support the ‘open book’ approach, a reference is provided within each question which signposts to the relevant section of the JCQ publication, available within the Exams Office area of the JCQ website

Some users may find they complete a section in less time than allocated

Where a user may not complete a section within the allocated time period, the section will have to be restarted when the user is ready

Assessments can be taken as many times as required, and at the user’s own pace, until a Pass (full marks) is achieved

The IDA can only be certificated when a Pass (full marks) has been achieved across all seven sections


Upon successful completion, the IDA can be submitted to claim certification

The exams officer (or member account administrator) will then have access to the online certificate (which confirms a Pass grade has been achieved and the date of submission) and  supporting summary of the seven assessment sections

A certificate can be obtained each academic year upon successful completion of the current IDA

Note, completion of the current accreditation must take place by the end of July. The IDA is re-launched early in each new academic year (subject to the issue of all relevant updated JCQ publications).

The Exams Office takes no responsibility for any outcomes in centres as a result of the information provided on our website, Online Portal or within our documentation. It is the responsibility of centres 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.