Examiners

Recruitment to appoint New FFICM Final Examiners is now closed.

You can still apply to visit or observe a FFICM examination.

Appointments to become an examiner of the Faculty examination shall normally be made annually by the FICM Board (BFICM) on the advice of the Training, Assessment and Quality Committee or its nominated representatives. The size of the pool of examiners shall be determined by the Board on the advice of the Executive team. Appointments shall be made for such a period as the Board may from time to time decide.

FFICM Examination dates for July 2023 – June 2024 can be found here. 

Applications

The applicant should complete the application form in order to demonstrate that they meet all essential criteria as set out in the Person Specification (PS). The role of an examiner is set out in the Job Description (JD), and can also be found in Appendix A of the Examiner Appointment Regulations.

A CV is not required.

Compulsory training for newly appointed FFICM examiners is scheduled to take place on Monday 16 September 2024. Those who cannot attend will not be able to examine in that academic year.

Diversity, equality and inclusion is an integral part of our culture at FICM so it is important to us that this is reflected in our recruitment practices. We strongly encourage applications from individuals from all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and perspectives to ensure we maintain an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates our differences.

Please contact us (facultyexams@rcoa.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

Examiner specification  

Applicants shall be assessed against the FFICM Examiner Person Specification. Throughout an examiner's term of examinership they will be expected to adhere to the duties and responsibilities set out in the FFICM Examiner JD. The JD and PS for examiners can be found under the Examiner Related Documents and in Appendix A and B of the FFICM Examination (Selection and Appointment of Examiners) Regulations.

Selection Procedures

After the closing date for applications the Executive team will compile a long-list of applicants who meet the essential criteria as set out in PS. Applicants rejected at this stage shall be informed in writing of the reasons and, if appropriate, shall be invited to re-apply when they become eligible.

Full details of the selection process can be found in Section 4 of the FFICM Examination (Appointment of New Examiners) Regulations.

Term of Examinership and commitment

FFICM Examiners are expected to complete a term of 10 years Examinership and commit at least 10 days per academic year and have approval from their Trust to achieve this.

Probationary Year  

New examiners shall initially be appointed for a probationary period of 1 year (including a minimum of two examinations). 

Training

No examiner shall take up their appointment until they have successfully completed a period of training approved by the BFICM. Compulsory training for newly appointed FFICM Examiners is takes place online and new examiners will receive the dates of their training in their appointment letter. 

Those who cannot attend will not be able to examine in that academic year. 

Mandatory training includes principles of assessment and taking part in mock exams.

Examiners elect must observe each relevant exam component before examining independently.  Exam-specific equality and diversity must be undertaken annually. All examiners are subject to auditing and quality assurance of their performance.

Examiner Related Documents

The Role

A FFICM Examiner is one of a team of examiners responsible for assessing the performance of candidates taking part in FFICM examinations. Examiners are recruited subject to a probationary year. Examiners will be expected to actively contribute to the continuous development of examination content, procedure and processes and will give the highest priority to the examination above all commitment.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Full commitment to the Faculty and the Examination processes
  • Assessment and guidance of candidates
  • Attendance and contribution to Core Groups and Working Parties
  • Participation in induction and ongoing Examiner training programmes
  • To uphold all examination regulations, policies and principles
  • To observe and maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the FFICM examinations

To see more specific duties, download the full job description here.

The regulations around selection and appointment of examiners can be found here.

Notes for applicants can be found here.

The person specification can be found here.