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Being an Internal Examiner

What is the role of an internal examiner?

To support the candidate in preparation towards sitting the practical exam and on the day to help the candidate perform to the best of their ability. To examine the candidate and ensure they meet the requirements and standards to be an SVT accredited vascular scientist.

Who can be an internal examiner?

To be an internal examiner you must be a current AVS and have 1 year post accreditation experience. You will typically work within the department where the candidate is based and have been asked by the candidate to act as their internal.

I’m worried about what to expect/Advice for internal examiners:

  • Don’t panic - the candidate will likely be more nervous than yourself
  • Review the accreditation document, score sheet and assessor guidance prior to the exam so the practical exam officers can answer any questions you might have before the exam
  • Seek advice from colleagues who might have been examiners previously.
  • Don’t be scared to fail someone- do you believe this candidate is competent and safe to practice?

Did you know?

If you do not know of anyone who has been an examiner before, don’t worry, you can contact the practical exam team ( and we can put you in contact with someone who has. If you would like the opportunity to shadow an internal examiner before you commit to being an internal examiner yourself, please let us know and we will try out best to organise this for you.