Becoming a centre requires a number of pre-approval checks, and successful applicants pay a fee for being approved as a centre.
If there is no authorised exam centre near you, and you are interested in applying, we will consider your application in line with our business strategy, existing provision and local conditions.
Before you apply, please check that you can answer these questions:
- Have you identified whether there is a need for a Cambridge English examination centre in your area?
- Has your institution been in operation for a minimum of three years?
- Is your institution financially sound?
- Could you provide us with a 3-year business plan with sales forecasts?
- Would you be prepared to visit state schools in your area to promote Cambridge English examinations and to increase candidate numbers?
- Do you have suitable computer facilities to enable you to increase the number of computer-based tests?
If you wish to enquire about becoming a centre, please complete our online enquiry form.
Since 2005 we have offered computer-based exam versions of many of our traditional paper-based exams. As leaders in the field of language assessment we are continually developing computer-based exams that ensure that we are at the cutting edge of technological developments.
Benefits of computer-based testing
- Quicker results turnaround time
- Increased amount of test dates and ability to run multiple test sessions on one day
- Entries can be made closer to test dates
- Reduces amount of administrative preparation
- No need to pay for despatch, delivery and shipping duties
- Many candidates feel more comfortable taking a test on a computer
- Candidates get their result quicker than paper-based tests
- Comfortable test-taking experience (easy-to-follow tutorial, sound quality using headphones for listening, clock to show how much time is left in the test)
- Answers can be edited as many times as necessary before submitting
- Extensive support material available, including computer-based practice tests
Connect Plus – delivering computer-based testing
Connect Plus, our new software, supports the delivery of our range of exams. Connect Plus is a system that offers the following:
- Easy to use and requires no advanced knowledge of computers, systems or networks
- Can be used on all major operating systems, with a straightforward installation process and user-friendly interface
- Adaptable to network settings and can be run entirely offline, with the possibility of multiple exams being run in one sitting
Find out more
Contact the Cambridge English Language Assessment Helpdesk for more information about what you need to get started with computer-based testing. Your local development manager will be able to help you throughout the registration process, give you details on any requirements and answer any other questions you may have regarding computer-based testing.
We welcome applications from institutions with a commitment to providing quality teacher training in language teaching. Institutions applying to run courses need to have been operating as an English language centre/department for at least three years and must be accredited by the relevant local accreditation agency.
The initial step in the application process involves matching your institution against the key features of the relevant Teaching Award. Before contacting your local office, we strongly advise you to read through the syllabus handbook and information provided in the Teaching Qualifications area (in English).
If you wish to enquire about becoming a Teaching qualification centre, please complete our online enquiry form.
Before applying to become a ESOL Skills for Life centre, please read the key criteria listed here that will be taken into consideration for all new applications. Please note that fulfilling these conditions does not guarantee approval and further information will be requested during the application process.
- You must have a minimum of three years’ experience in providing English teaching programmes
- English teachers must have substantial experience in delivering programmes of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
- You must provide a suitable learning environment and secure storage facilities
- Applicants may undergo a pre-approval inspection and a credit check
- You must ensure you are able to meet the minimum level of entries per year
Please note: Skills for Life examinations are not available outside England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is no fee to register.
If you wish to become a Skills for Life centre, please contact the UK team
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is owned, developed and delivered through a partnership of the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The network of IELTS centres is administered by the British Council and IDP Australia.
How to apply to become a centre
Institutions interested in applying to offer IELTS should contact either the British Council or IDP Education Australia directly:
Visit www.britishcouncil.org or email: email@example.com
IDP Education Australia
Visit www.idp.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit the IELTS website
Please download and read the Quick Guide to Becoming a BULATS Agent (pdf 259KB). This guide will give you more information about administrating the BULATS test, the benefits of becoming a BULATS Agent and your roles and responsibilities. If, after reading this guide, you are still interested in becoming a BULATS Agent, then please visit the BULATS site to submit an Expression of Interest form.
More and more people take Cambridge English exams to access life opportunities, such as employment, immigration or entry to higher education. Governments, employers, education institutions and other organisations therefore need to be able to trust the reliability and quality of our exams.
By observing our administration regulations, Cambridge English examination centres preserve that trust.
Detailed training and information is available to ensure centres are kept up to date on administering our exams and to explain why certain regulations are important to security. For example:
- ID checks are vital for reducing the risk of impersonation and identity fraud
- Test day photographs provide reassurance that a person presenting an exam certificate is the same person who took the test. Organisations accepting our exam and immigration staff are able to view test day photographs through our online Results Verification Service
- Removing electronic items from candidates before the beginning of a test prevents fraud and malpractice
- Seating plans are used in post-test analysis which can help identify whether malpractice has occurred
- Suitably trained invigilators and supervisors can patrol exam rooms and ensure candidates do not have opportunities to cheat.
In addition to our own inspections, carried out to check that regulations described in our Handbook for Centres are being adhered to, external organisations such as Ofqual, UK Home Office and DIBP also reserve the right to perform their own inspections of Cambridge English exam centres.