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Certificate Level Fundamentals of Tax Examiner

United Kingdom (GB)
Fees are fixed and paid quarterly
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Education and training
Salary band
Not applicable
Contract type
Part Time
Where will they be working
From home

Job Details


ICAEW’s ACA is regarded as the qualification for business leaders and attracts talented students from a variety of backgrounds worldwide. We are currently looking for a professional from a business or academic background to join our Certificate Level Fundamentals of Tax team as an Examiner, within the ACA qualification.

Job description

Examiners work in accordance to guidelines set by ICAEW. Main responsibilities are to:

  • work with the Moderator to create and manage a bank of questions, ensuring they meet the requirements of the examination process and are consistent with the syllabus.
  • agree to prepare or commission new questions, as required.
  • ensure that questions are tested and reviewed.
  • use web-based software to review and update all questions and answers in the bank annually, being responsible for their accuracy with the Moderator.
  • ensure questions are tagging in the systems correctly, checking the linked learning outcome is consistent with the syllabus and highlighting any clone or enemy questions which should not be presented in the same test.
  • discuss the profile of marks awarded for each question with the Moderator.
  • assist the Moderator in ensuring the bank is of sufficient size and quality, to provide varied and reliable tests which cover the syllabus at the correct level.
  • review test statistics regularly to identify and resolve any potential issues.
  • regularly review the relevant sections of the published syllabus informing Assessment staff of any changes in standards or in other areas.
  • ensure all questions are in line with the published learning materials.
  • be prepared to attend occasional assessment meetings, as appropriate.
  • agree responses to candidate queries on tests and questions with the moderator to be sent to the Assessment team.
  • notify the Assessment team of changes in working situation and of periods of absence.


Person specification

ICAEW Examiners are experts in their subject area, drawing from commercial and/or academic experience and applying this within an assessment framework. You may be changing career path, looking for additional work to expand your portfolio, or already be working as a freelancer in the professional qualifications space. You will likely have recent experience of teaching, setting or marking professional accountancy examinations, usually in the subject area for which you are applying. ICAEW membership is desirable, and membership of at least one relevant professional body is essential.

Applicants for the post will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • membership of a recognised professional body
  • specialism in taxation together with a firm grounding in the fundamentals of professional accountancy, particularly in relation to the ACA qualification
  • team player
  • willingness to work collaboratively with senior moderators and with ICAEW staff
  • flexibility and responsiveness to identified needs
  • attention to detail
  • ability to work to strict deadlines
  • respect for the confidential nature of ICAEW’s examination process
  • interest in developing modes of assessment
  • knowledge and experience of developing syllabus
  • experience of writing objective testing questions

Please note that examiners are not permitted to teach ICAEW students at the relevant level, if appointed.


Fees are fixed and paid quarterly. A daily rate for any additional work will be paid on a time spent basis.

How to proceed

Please send your CV and a statement detailing:

  • how you meet the person specification
  • why you would be interested in becoming an ICAEW examiner.

To by 30th April 2024

Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams in the beginning of June 2024



There are more than 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world and 189,500 of them are members and students of ICAEW. They are talented, ethical and committed professionals, which is why all of the top 100 Global Brands employ chartered accountants.*

ICAEW promotes inclusivity, diversity and fairness. We attract talented individuals into the profession and give them the skills and values they need to build resilient businesses, economies and societies, while ensuring our planet's resources are managed sustainably.

Founded in 1880, we have a long history of serving the public interest and we continue to work with governments, regulators and business leaders around the world. And, as an improvement regulator, we supervise and monitor over 12,000 firms, holding them, and all ICAEW members and students, to the highest standards of professional competency and conduct.

ICAEW is proud to be part of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, a global network of 750,000 members across 190 countries, which promotes the expertise and skills of chartered accountants on a global basis.

We believe that chartered accountancy can be a force for positive change. By sharing our insight, expertise and understanding we can help to create strong economies and a sustainable future for all.

*CAW, 2020 - Interbrand, Best Global Brands 2019

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