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Examining and rating

Get your licence and become a telc examiner or rater

Are you an experienced teacher? Would you like to become licensed to conduct oral telc examinations or rate written examinations?

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Which examiner and rater qualifications does telc offer?

You need an examiner licence if you want to conduct oral examinations. And you need a rater licence to evaluate written performances.

We offer a total of 14 examiner licences and 14 rater licences. The licences are best acquired through a face-to-face qualification on site or LIVE online. We also offer some qualifications flexibly on telc Campus.

In addition, there are two DTB licences and two DTB examination authorisations.


What are the minimum requirements before participating in a telc qualification?

Formal criteria:

  • Teaching experience: a total of at least 450 teaching hours in the target language at the CEFR levels of the desired license
  • Language competence appropriate to the role, near native speaker ability

Subject knowledge in accordance with the preparation module

  • Relevant CEFR competence levels and task-based language learning
  • Formats of the telc exams included in the license
  • telc assessment criteria
  • Procedure of telc examinations
  • telc examination regulations

LIVE online qualification: technical requirements

  • PC or laptop with camera
  • Headset (recommended)
  • Secure internet connection

Licensing requirements

  • Completion of all participation requirements
  • Presentation of a valid government-issued photo
  • Active and appropriate participation in the qualification
  • Appropriate assessment based on the criteria
  • Demonstration of role competence as telc examiner/assessor
  • Activation of microphone and camera (in the case of a LIVE online qualification)

If you would like to examine DTB, please note the separate requirements set by the BAMF in the examiner matrix. You will find the exact descriptions when selecting the respective qualification.
Please note that the DTB examinations are not identical with the professional examinations offered by telc. Separate telc licenses must be purchased for these.
The scope of the licenses is regulated in the "General Guidelines for the Conduct of telc Examinations". 

Become a telc examiner

We offer examiner training for the telc examinations in various languages at levels A1-A2, B1-B2 and C1-C2. During the examiner training you will discuss test takers' performance and your own role in the oral exam. Please check well in advance that you meet all the requirements for the examiner qualification. In any case, we recommend the free preparation module on telc Campus.

Become a telc rater

You can obtain a rater licence independently of an examiner licence. Qualifications are available at levels A1-A2, B1-B2 and C1-C2.

Check well in advance that you meet all the requirements for a rater licence. Use the free preparation module on telc Campus to brush up on your subject knowledge.

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Terms and validity of the licence

telc licences are valid for three years. This information is displayed on your licence overview page in telc Community. To find out which licence is required to assess specific examinations, see the General Guidelines for the Conduct of telc Examinations.