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Call for examiners

FranceDownloadCTA & TSTA Exams, Lyon (France)November, 1st and 2nd, 2018
GermanyDownloadCTA & TSTA Exams – Rösrath (Germany)November, 8th and 9th 2018
SerbiaDownloadCTA Exams - Belgrade (Serbia)December, 7th, 2018


Everything regarding EATA examinations is facilitated by COC, which is a subcommittee of PTSC.

Contact persons

Supervising Examiner -Christine Chevalier TSTA O/C

EATA Supervising ExaminerChristine Chevaliercoc.supervising.examiner@eatanews.org
Chairperson of PTSCSylvie Rossiesylros@gmail.com
Chairperson of the COCChristine Chevaliercoc.chair@eatanews.org
PTSC officer for exceptions and expansionsAndreas Beckera_becker2@t-online.de
TEW coordinatorSabine Klingenbergptsc.tew@eatanews.org
CTA-Trainer coordinator Sabine Klingenbergcoc.tevw@eatanews.org
COC Berlin July 2017 : Barbara Clarkson (UK) – Catherine Gérard (Fr) – Christine Chevalier Chair COC (Fr) – Betty Lutke Schipholt (Netherlands) – Sylvie Rossy Chair PTSC (Italy)

The Exam process

COC, the heart of the EATA exams,
and the different bodies it is linked with

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To Take a CTA Exam.

This is a brief summary to link to this diagram. For full details please see the Handbook on the website.

When you and your Primary Supervisor agree you are ready to go forward to take your CTA exam the first part is the Written exam. This must be submitted to the Language Coordinator (LC) for your language group. The exception here is if you are a member of UKATA, in which case you must submit your written exam to the UKATA written exam coordinator (see UKATA website for more information).

The LC will then acknowledge receipt of your exam and paperwork and finds markers for the task. The markers liaise with the LC and send their marking back to them. The LC then informs the candidate of their result. If all goes well they will also check which Oral exam site the candidate wishes to go to and send the paperwork to the appropriate Exam Supervisor for that site.

The deadline to receive your registration is two months before the exam you want to go, date to date. For example if the exam is planned on the 10th of November, the Language Coordinator has to receive your registration by 10th of September.

The Exam Supervisors, when the deadline of two months prior to the exam date is reached, write to candidates to confirm they have a place in the Oral Exam and to give them further details of the timings of Candidates’ Meetings that a candidate must attend before the exam.

At the Oral Exam site everyone comes together for the task of certification. Candidates, examiners, exam supervisors and the COC Observer. The Exam Supervisors coordinate this work and organise a celebration where candidates can be congratulated and everyone’s’ contribution can be appreciated.

To take a TSTA Exam

This is a brief summary to link to the exam process diagram. For full details please see the Handbook on the website.

When you and your Primary Supervisor agree you are ready to take your TSTA exam then you apply to the Supervising Examiner (SE) at least 6 months ahead of the exam site you wish to go to. The SE keeps a list of all TSTA candidates and oversees the availability of TSTA exams as each exam venue can only offer so many places. This is because the TSTA exam usually involves a candidate taking three exams and the pool of examiners is generally smaller than for CTA exams. The SE will let you know if there are places at the exam venue and so contacting the SE early is advised.

If a place is available the SE will forward the paperwork to the local Exam Supervisor for the venue and they will be in touch with the candidates to inform them of the Candidates’ meeting which a candidate must attend before the exams.

At the Oral Exam site everyone comes together for the task of certification. Candidates, examiners, exam supervisors and the COC Observer. The Exam Supervisors coordinate this work and organise a celebration where candidates can be congratulated and everyone’s’ contribution can be appreciated.

To take the TEW

Please contact the TEW Coordinator

To take the CTA Trainer Exam

Please contact Sabine Klingenberg at coc.tevw@eatanews.org

COC Calendar

CTA, CTA Trainer and TSTA Exams & TEWs

Type of exam/ workshopDateVenueLocal exam supervisor
CTA/TSTAJuly 3rd-4thLondon (UK)Exam Supervisors: CTA: Catherine GERARD - catherine.gerard.lgc@gmail.com -TSTA: Sabine Klingenberg - sabine.klingenberg@abakushad.de
TEWJuly 9th-11thLondon (UK)TBA
CTA/TSTANovember 1st – 2th Lyon (France)Exam Supervisors: CTA: Jean-Luc Bazin - bazin.jeanluc@gmail.com - TSTA: Elyane Alleysson - e.alleysson@orange.fr
CTA/TSTANovember 8th – 9thKöln-RösrathExam Supervisors: CTA: Mayke Wagner - mayke.wagner@t-e-a-m.org TSTA: Sabine Klingenberg - Sabine.Klingenberg@abakushad.de
TEWDecember 1th-3rdZagreb, CroatiaCoordinator : Sabine Klingenberg : Sabine.Klingenberg@abakushad.de
CTADecember 7thBelgrade (Serbian)Exam Supervisors: CTA: Sandra Wilson - sandra@icbcoaching.com
TEWMarch 23th-25thFranceTBA
CTA/TSTAMay 8th–9th Birmingham (UK)TBA
CTA/TSTAJuly 2nd-3rdUkraineTBA
TEWJulyCherkassy (Ukraine)TBA
CTA/TSTANovember 7th-8thKöln-RösrathTBA
CTANovember 9th-10thBelgiumTBA
TEWDecember 1st-3rdItalyTBA

For CTA exams the organisers/exam supervisors of an oral exam site can only offer a limited number of places. Candidates are responsible to register for the oral exam venue of her/his choice as early as possible by sending the 12.7.3. form – Application form for the CTA Oral Examination and Principal Supervisor’s Endorsement – to the Language Coordinator. They will then liaise with the Local Exam Supervisor. Candidates are prioritised according to the date of their payment for exam.

Contract and examination fees

For payments fees and bank account click here

Procedure for applying and running COC TA examinations

  • The National Association applies to COC to organise examinations: This needs to be at least 14 months before the date of exams, and must be done by the President/Chair of the Association. He/she also specifies whether it is intended to hold both CTA and TSTA exams or just CTA. COC will discuss and accept or reject the application at the first possible meeting or, if needed, by email.
  • The President/Chair of the N.O., (or the delegate officer) in consultation with relevant people within his/her organisation, may also suggest an exam supervisor or supervisors at least nine months before the exam.
  • COC will receive the request and confirm it at the next meeting including approving the exam supervisor. If preferred, COC and the Supervising Examiner will provide names of exam supervisors.
  • COC will send a pack of information to the exam supervisor(s) to facilitate their job (e.g. job descriptions of all people involved in the exam process, contract for organizing exams, budget form, scoring forms, draft letters to candidates and examiners, etc.).

ITAA exams

To be an examiner for an ITAA/IBOC exam:
Examiners must be at least a CTA for a CTA exam or a TSTA for a TSTA exam, they must also be a member of EATA or ITAA.
To arrange to take an ITAA exam (IBOC) please send your application to: Janet Chin, Training & Certification Administrator, iboc@itaaworld.org
More information about IBOC exams can be found on the ITAA website (www.itaaworld.org )

Current members of COC:

Chairperson of the COCChristine Chevaliercoc.chair@eatanews.org
EATA Supervising examiner ad interimChristine Chevaliercoc.supervising.examiner@eatanews.org
Chairperson PTSCSylvie Rossiesylros@gmail.com
(regular member)Barbara Clarkson
(regular member)Betty Lutke Schipholt
(regular member)Catherine Gérard

Below is a list of the EATA Language Coordinators

Here is the job description for a Language Coordinator

DutchMarian Timmermanscoc.dutch.lc@eatanews.org
EnglishGemma Masoncoc.english.lc@eatanews.org
FrenchSylvie Nay-Bernardcoc.french.lc@eatanews.org
GermanThorsten Geck coc.german.lc@eatanews.org
ItalianSilvia Attanasio Romaninicoc.italian.lc@eatanews.org
ScandinavianUlf Hedqvistcoc.scandinavian.lc@eatanews.org
SerbianNevenka Miljkoviccoc.serbian.lc@eatanews.org
CroatianNevenka Miljkoviccoc.croatian.lc@eatanews.org
SpanishJesus Cuadracoc.spanish.lc@eatanews.org
Multiple LanguagesEnea Slaviccoc.multiple.lc@eatanews.org

*The Language Coordinator Multiple Languages will accept the written exams from those who are writing their exam in English but for whom English is not their first language and also people who write their exam in their first language for which there is not already an identified Language Coordinator.

Some important notes on exams

Exams are subject to availability of examiners/exam supervisors. COC/IBOC are not responsible for expenses incurred when unavailability of examiners/exam supervisors causes exams to be cancelled or postponed.

EATA / COC CTA exam candidates who are doing the COC written case study must submit it no later than six months before the oral exam date. Details/application available from the COC Language Coordinators.