IELTS for work

Employers, professional bodies and associations accept IELTS Organizations around the world rely on IELTS to help them select the right people.

Who accepts IELTS?
English is the third most commonly spoken language spoken in the world. Taking IELTS and achieving an IELTS test and achieving a score of 6 or above can greatly enhance your work prospects. It also demonstrates to employers that you are committed to working and living in the country.

Organizations around the globe rely on IELTS to help them select the right people. Here is an overview of IELTS for work.

Which industries ask for IELTS?

Many of the registration bodies that accept IELTS represent the health care professions. This includes industries such as nursing, medicine and pharmacy, where English language competence is of critical importance.

Other professional bodies in particular countries requiring an IELTS result include accounting, engineering, law and veterinary practice.

A wide range of other employers from sectors such as finance, government, construction, energy, aviation and tourism also require IELTS.

IELTS provides a reliable and internationally accessible means for doctors coming from overseas to demonstrate their language proficiency before they start work.

Director of Registration and Education, General Medical Council, UK

Professional registration

In most countries where English is the main language of communication, evidence of acceptable English language skills is required for applicants and international graduates seeking professional registration.

Required proficiency levels vary between organizations, professions, by country and by jurisdiction. It is up to individual professional registration bodies to determine the IELTS band score and test type (Academic or General Training) they require.

IELTS for vocational training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context and the tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations.

This test is usually required for vocational training, for example in the construction, hospitality and leisure, and tourism industries.

We trust IELTS to give us a benchmark of English language ability. Though we accept other English language tests, we assess them by comparing directly with the required IELTS score.

Hannah WainSenior Student Recruitment Officer, SAC – The Scottish Agricultural College

Could your organization be doing more to engage global candidates?

Register your organization

Reach out to new prospective test takers by listing your minimum IELTS score requirements on this site.

Register your organization

Verify IELTS scores

Check test results, individually or in batches, with the free IELTS Results Verification Service.

Processing and verifying IELTS results

Setting your IELTS score

Guidance to help you set appropriate IELTS score requirements for your organization.

Setting IELTS entry scores