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Grade examining

Thank you for your interest in ABRSM Grade examining.

Please see the Role Description and Person Specification documents for more information about the skills and qualities needed to be an examiner.

Applying for Grade or Theory examining

Due to the direct crossover of time commitment required, we can only accept applications for either Grade or Theory examining, not both.

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How to apply

Please complete the fields below, which will then transfer you to the Grade panel application form. Please print a copy, complete  by hand and return to the address below:

Examiner Membership
Chief Examiner’s Department
ABRSM
4 London Wall Place
London
EC2Y 5AU

Grade examining recruitment process

Once we receive your application form, we'll contact your two referees and your application will then be passed for review. If successful, you'll be invited to an interview at our London office.

The next stage is the Initial Training and Assessment Course (ITAC), a three-day course that takes place three times each year. The first two days will be a combination of assessment and training, with the final day featuring examinations. ITACs are fully residential and a contribution towards food and board is payable to ABRSM to secure your place on the next available course. Please see our ITAC guidance notes for details.

If you're successful following the ITAC, you'll then be allocated to four individual training days in the following exam session alongside a different trainer examiner for each training day. You'll both examine candidates but the trainer will initially administer the majority of exams. As the days progress, you'll lead more of the assessments until the fourth day, where you'll administer a full day of exams.

Residing outside the UK?

To be eligible to apply, you'll need to provide documentary evidence that you have the right to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Should you be appointed as an examiner, you'd have to be prepared to come to the UK regularly to examine. ABRSM can't cover travel expenses for interviews.

All training currently takes place in England, and while travel expenses for trainee examiners are reimbursed once they're in the UK, we'll only be able to make a donation towards travel costs to get to the UK. Should you be appointed to the panel, similar rules relating to the cost of travelling to the UK apply.

In order to avoid potential conflicts of interest, examiners who live outside the UK would never be asked to examine in their country of residence, or indeed any country where they'd lived or taught for any significant period of time.

How we use your information

ABRSM will use the personal information that you provide in accordance with applicable data protection laws and our privacy policy (see abrsm.org/privacypolicy). We will process your personal information to carry out our obligations under any agreement between you and us, and where otherwise reasonably necessary for our purposes. Please note that if your application is unsuccessful, we will retain your information for six months following notice of this decision. ABRSM is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6618494. ABRSM Publishing is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6329415.

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Theory examining

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ABRSM Theory examiner.

Please see the Role Description and Person Specification documents for more information about the skills and qualities needed to be a Theory examiner.

Applying for Grade or Theory examining

Due to the direct crossover of the required time commitment, we can only accept applications for either Grade or Theory examining, not both.

How to apply

Please complete the fields below, after which you'll be transferred to a page where you can download the Theory examiner application form. You'll need to complete this and email it back to qa-theory@abrsm.ac.uk. Or you can print a copy, complete it by hand and post it to:

Manager of Theory Examiner Support
Chief Examiner’s Department
ABRSM
4 London Wall Place
London
EC2Y 5AU

Theory examining recruitment process

Once we receive your application form, we'll review it and make a decision on whether you're able to progress to our training programme. 

The first stage is an Initial Training Exercise (ITE), which you'll need to complete within a two-week timeframe. Once this is returned, it'll be thoroughly reviewed and a decision will be made on whether to invite you to our Initial Theory Training Course (ITTC), a two-day course that takes place once a year. 

ITTCs are held in both London and Hong Kong. We aren't able to pay trainees to attend the training course, but reasonable travel and accommodation expenses (where required and pre-approved) will be covered. 

Following the ITTC, we'll ask you to complete some post-training exercises. If you're successful, we'll send you some training papers to complete. These will then be reviewed and a decision will be made on whether to appoint you to the Theory examining team.  

Residing outside the UK?

If you're appointed as an ABRSM Theory examiner, you'll need to be based in either the UK or Hong Kong, where training currently takes place. It isn't possible for us to engage examiners living outside these locations due to prohibitive logistical issues in dispatching completed exam scripts overseas.

How we use your information

ABRSM will use the personal information that you provide in accordance with applicable data protection laws and our privacy policy (see abrsm.org/privacypolicy). We will process your personal information to carry out our obligations under any agreement between you and us, and where otherwise reasonably necessary for our purposes. Please note that if your application is unsuccessful, we will retain your information for six months following notice of this decision. ABRSM is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6618494. ABRSM Publishing is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6329415.

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Diploma examining

Thank you for your interest in ABRSM examining – however, we are not currently recruiting Diploma examiners.

If you wish to register your interest, please complete the fields below and we will be in touch should this change in the future.

How we use your information

ABRSM will use the personal information that you provide in accordance with applicable data protection laws and our privacy policy (see abrsm.org/privacypolicy). We will process your personal information to carry out our obligations under any agreement between you and us, and where otherwise reasonably necessary for our purposes. Please note that if your application is unsuccessful, we will retain your information for six months following notice of this decision. ABRSM is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6618494. ABRSM Publishing is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6329415.

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Jazz examining

Thank you for your interest in ABRSM examining – however, we aren't currently recruiting Jazz examiners.

If you wish to register your interest, please complete the fields below and we'll be in touch in the future.

How we use your information

ABRSM will use the personal information that you provide in accordance with applicable data protection laws and our privacy policy (see abrsm.org/privacypolicy). We will process your personal information to carry out our obligations under any agreement between you and us, and where otherwise reasonably necessary for our purposes. Please note that if your application is unsuccessful, we will retain your information for six months following notice of this decision. ABRSM is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6618494. ABRSM Publishing is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z6329415.

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