For details please refer to the Guide for Applicants to IELTS Examiner Recruitment and Examiner Minimum Professional Requirements. 


Location Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Salary Paid per candidate
Duration Two year contract
Working hours Freelance
Annual leave n/a
Closing date Friday 31 December 2021

Role overview

The British Council has a presence in 14 countries in the East Asia region. These range from developed markets with sophisticated infrastructures (Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Taiwan) to developing markets with fledgling but growing infrastructure (China, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam). In Vietnam, the British Council is active in English and Exams with five teaching centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and manages programmes in education, society, and English for education systems, arts, and the UK-Vietnam seasons project. The country currently has about 200 full-time staff members in the strategic business units, of whom about two-thirds currently work in English and Exams. 

Examiner applicants are required to meet the Minimum Professional Requirements (MPRs) in three areas, as outlined below.

1. Qualifications

a) An undergraduate or Master’s degree or qualification(s) that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to an undergraduate or Master’s degree (3 years’ full-time academic study, or a minimum of one year’s full-time academic study in the case of a Master’s degree).


b) A TEFL / TESOL qualification from a recognised institution (at minimum Certificate level).


EFL / ESOL-related studies completed as part of an undergraduate / post graduate award course from a recognised institution (minimum Certificate level equivalent).


A degree in Education (if supported by an undergraduate degree which includes studies focused on English language).

All qualifications must be validated by a reputable institution and accredited by a professional certification board.

If requested, applicants are required to provide additional information regarding their qualifications (e.g. transcript, course curriculum, evidence of external validation, accreditation by a certification standards board etc.).

Any expenses related to verifying qualifications are to be paid by the applicant. You will be required to produce the original certificates for all qualifications.

2. Teaching Experience

A minimum of three years’ full-time TEFL teaching experience (or equivalent part time) is required. Almost all of this teaching experience must relate to adult students (16 years and over). Full-time teaching’ is classified as a minimum of 14 hours of face-to-face teaching per week. Freelance and volunteer teaching is not included.

If an applicant’s EFL / ESOL qualification is at Certificate level (or equivalent), one of the three years of full-time teaching experience must be post EFL / ESOL Certificate qualification. If the EFL / ESOL qualification is at Diploma level or higher, the teaching experience can have been completed before the qualification.

3. Professional Attributes and Interpersonal Skills

An IELTS Examiner is expected to have the following professional attributes and interpersonal skills:

  • Completes tasks accurately and in sufficient detail
  • Observes the need for confidentiality and security
  • Responds positively to guidance and advice
  • Acts professionally at all times
  • Communicates effectively with colleagues and candidates and treats others with respect
  • Is sensitive to cultural differences.

4. Work Permit and Residence Card

Under the current Labour Law in Viet Nam, you will only be allowed to work for us with a valid work permit and residence card / visa; therefore, along with your applications please kindly submit a copy of your valid work permit and residence card / visa to the same email address by the indicated deadline. The documents will be used for processing your application and signing the contract if you are offered the position.

NOTE: Examiners are required to adhere to a Code of Practice and Confidentiality Undertaking and follow all directives from the Centre Administrator and Examiner Trainer. Information will be provided to applicants once recruitment and training have been successfully completed.

In order to become an IELTS Examiner, you must also 

  • attend and successfully complete training and certification,
  • be legally accepted to work or provide services in Vietnam, and,
  • have a clear police check record 

before confirmation.

Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted for interviews.


About us

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries.

In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.Vietnam is a priority country for the British Council within East Asia. The British Council in Vietnam has offices and teaching centres in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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How to apply

The application - including an IELTS Examiner Application form, relevant qualifications and letters from referees - should be sent to:  

We are an equal opportunities organisation and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. The British Council believe that all children have potential and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989.