BASIS Exam Chair


Closes in 5 days (30 Jun)


BASIS is a charitable organisation committed to raising professional standards across land management and food production by supporting people and businesses with our industry leading qualifications, professional registers and auditing schemes.


Overview of the BASIS Exam Chair Role:  

BASIS is an industry recognised awarding body which delivers qualifications across all areas of food production and land management. Our Exam Chairs play a crucial role in ensuring that the assessments for BASIS qualifications are fair, valid and reliable, whilst also delivering a positive experience for all candidates. The Exam Chair is a subject specialist who has several key responsibilities throughout the assessment process. Therefore, a successful Exam Chair will not only have the technical knowledge required to provide a valid assessment of candidates but must also have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills which ensures assessments for BASIS qualifications continue to be delivered to the highest standard for all candidates.

Assessments for BASIS qualifications come in many different formats, including both written exams and oral examinations (e.g. viva voce, presentations). Oral examinations can be delivered both in-person or online using video conferencing software. Our qualifications also cover all areas of food production and land management including:

  • Agronomy
  • Crop Nutrition
  • Sustainable Land Management and Environmental Management
  • Soil Management
  • Commercial Horticulture
  • Amenity Management
  • Livestock Feed and Nutrition
  • Organic Farming

Exam Chairs will only be allowed to deliver assessments for qualifications which they have sufficient technical knowledge and experience in.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Mark written assessments following the marking schemes and guidance provided by BASIS
  • Assess candidates’ knowledge and performance during oral examinations such as viva voce and presentations, following the marking guidance provided by BASIS
  • Ask candidates questions during viva voce examinations which assess their knowledge against the syllabus
  • Manage the assessment process, including overseeing other examiners
  • Ensure reasonable adjustments are provided to candidates as specified by BASIS
  • Complete written documentation and evidence relating to candidate’s performance as required for the qualification accreditation
  • Providing feedback to BASIS relating to the assessment and training provided to candidates based on their performance during the assessment
  • Take part in regular training and standardisation processes organised by BASIS
  • Report all risks and issues encountered during the assessment process, including any suspected malpractice/maladministration or breaching of other BASIS policies and procedures
  • Raise any conflicts of interest before assessments are delivered
  • Support BASIS by providing evidence during the complaints and appeals process
  • Provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates through a bespoke feedback letter
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of BASIS qualification assessments and processes


Person Specification: 

BASIS Exam Chairs are subject specialists who have a range of skills which ensure they can deliver fair, valid and reliable assessments to candidates. All Exam Chairs are therefore required to meet the following criteria.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Relevant industry recognised qualifications
  • Member of a recognised Professional Register or Continuous Professional Development Scheme if applicable
  • Plans and activities in place to retain ongoing occupational competence
  • Experience in assessing candidates, delivering training or acting as a mentor

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the occupational sector and the roles within it; including current legislation, technology and current best practice
  • An understanding of the assessment process, and quality assurance which supports this
  • Proficient IT skills, with experience using software including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Video Conferencing Technology, as well as the willingness to learn new software including BASIS’s bespoke systems and technology
  • High levels of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, presenting information in a logical and concise way
  • Ability to plan and organise activities, including good time management
  • A professional and calm manner which puts candidates at ease
  • Collaborative and conscientious, working in a respectful way with BASIS employees, candidates and other Exam Chairs/Examiners
  • Additional requirements:

DBS checked (funded by BASIS)

  • A clean driving licence
  • Access to software and technology for the role, this will not be supplied by BASIS
  • Agreed to follow the BASIS Exam Chairs Code of Conduct and comply with all relevant BASIS policies
  • Signed a BASIS Data Sharing Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement  

If you would like to apply for a role as a BASIS Exam Chair, then please email your CV to BASIS’s Education & Training Manager Sue Mason at