Cambridge English Examinations Key (KET), Preliminary (PET) examinations (HK-496)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
English & Exams
Job Category
Pay Band
Vacancy Description
Contract: Part-time | Salary: To be paid per candidates | Start Date: October 2019 | Deadline for applications: 16 Aug 2019 (23.59 UK time)

British Council Hong Kong is looking for suitably qualified and experienced individuals to join our team of Cambridge English Examinations Examiners.


You should have:

  • Education to first degree level or equivalent*
  • A recognised language teaching qualification*
  • Proof of substantial, relevant, recent teaching experience
  • An overall language proficiency of C2 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • Clear diction including intelligibility outside the region/country where examining takes place
  • Linguistic accuracy
  • Ability to judge the grammatical accuracy, acceptability and appropriateness of spoken English at the relevant examination level
  • Valid document, such as visa/ work permit, to work in Hong Kong

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

Candidates should have the following competencies:

  • Be responsible, conscientious, dependable, flexible, reliable and punctual
  • Be sensitive to local cultural norms/issues and able to interact appropriately with the type of candidates for the examination in question, in such a way as to ensure that the candidates provide an adequate sample of English representative of their speaking ability
  • Be ready to accept and follow TL/SETC advice/guidance given in the context of training/certification, during monitoring or informally
  • Be able to work to deadlines and in accordance with Cambridge English procedures
  • Have a commitment to Cambridge English’s QA processes
  • Be able to work to deadlines and in accordance with Cambridge English procedures
  • Have the attention to detail necessary to complete the administrative aspects of the SE role
  • Have ready access to, and the necessary IT skills to use, a PC with broadband for certification using PSN and other online activities, and have a unique email address
  • Be available to attend certification meetings and to undertake assignments during a substantial proportion of the examining period of the examination for which s/he is applying
  • Ensure their personal details on Cambridge English Online – Examiners are kept up to date


To be a qualified Cambridge examiner, you must:

  • Attend an online video session arranged in early September 2019
  • Attend a face-to-face full day training session on arranged in September 2019, exact date to be confirmed
  • Attend a face-to-face full day certification session in September 2019, exact date to be confirmed
  • Undertake a Sexual Conviction Records Check (SCRC) with the Hong Kong Police Force and your country of origin or previous working country and provide the British Council with access to the result
  • Be able to examine on a regular basis (exams usually held on Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Be willing to work at both British Council and all offsite venues located in different districts in Hong Kong
  • Make themselves available for a certification session once every 12 months


How to apply:

  1. Please download and fill in examiner application form
  2. Please download and ask your referee to fill in reference request, and ask your referee to send it directly to below email address 

Both documents are to be sent to

Closing date for applications: Sunday 16 August 2019


Enquiries about the post can be sent to: 

Ruby Lo (Exams Operations Manager)


In our commitment to promote Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, if you are using our CV upload function to apply - kindly note that we are not interested in collecting any information that is irrelevant to the job such as marital status, age, photograph, etc. Applications lacking in information will not be considered when we shortlist for any roles.



About the British Council


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


Through our English and Exams work we aim to achieve more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide and offer access to professional qualifications.


Working with policymakers, government ministers, teachers and learners across the world we help millions of people to access English by supporting the teaching and learning of English in public education systems, and through self-access materials and courses. We teach learners and teachers of English face-to-face in dedicated teaching centres and online through a range of courses. Every year three million people take international exams with help from the British Council, gaining qualifications that can open doors at leading academic institutions and improve employment prospects.



You will be part of a wider team of exams venue staff expected to support the delivery of a variety of tests in various locations. You will be required to work very closely with British Council Examinations Services staff, other venue staff and venue service providers to ensure the test days run smoothly.


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.


All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.


The British Council is a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved level 1 child safe certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.