Steps to getting an ÖSD licence

The ÖSD licence

The licence agreement entitles the licencee to conduct ÖSD exams. Potential examination centers can choose from the following modules:

  • Module 1: basic module*
  • Module 2: ÖSD Zertifikat A1, ÖSD Zertifikat A2
  • Module 3: ÖSD KID A1 and ÖSD KID A2
  • Module 4: ÖSD Zertifikat B1
  • Module 5: ÖSD Zertifikat B2
  • Module 6: ÖSD Zertifikat C1
  • Module 7: ÖSD Zertifikat C2

*basic module: ÖSD background, organizational matters and test theory

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Step 1

The first step to getting a licence is to make an application using the forms provided by the ÖSD (request a form by e-mail). The application must be sent to the ÖSD in Vienna, along with the CVs of each of the intended examiners. All documents must be approved by the ÖSD committee.
The following prerequisites must be fulfilled and described in detail to obtain an ÖSD licence:

- Appropriately qualified teaching staff must pass the ÖSD examiners basic training course and take part in regular further training. At least 2 teachers per examination center must take part in an ÖSD examiner training programme over several days in order to become authorised examiners.
- Appropriate rooms and technical equipment which allow the exams to be carried out according to the guidelines.
- Holding enough language courses with a sufficient number of exam candidates so that at least 1 exam can be offered per year.
- Being willing to offer external candidates the opportunity to take the exam as well, depending upon availability. In principle, the ÖSD exams are not dependent on whether the candidate is enrolled in any of the center’s standard courses, however the center needs to ensure that it has sufficient internal candidates to offer 1 exam a year.
- Designation of a head examiner and a substitute head examiner.
- Submission of the licence application with all the required information.
- Payment of the licence fees, including:
   a) an annual licence fee
   b) a proportion of the exam fee (processing fee)
   c) training fees for the examiners
- Licences will be granted after all the above points have been approved by the ÖSD central office and the ÖSD committee.

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Step 2

The ÖSD central office and the ÖSD committee decide which licence status (Status A-D) the examination center will receive after approving the application.
The first exam after the licence has been granted is carried out in the presence of and with the support of an ÖSD representative. The ÖSD central office will then decide whether subsequent exams may be carried out.
Before the licence is granted, the ÖSD decides whether the examination center will act as an a) open center or b) closed center:

a) open center: The examination center accepts internal candidates (course participants) and external candidates (non-course participants).
b) closed centre: The examination center may only accept internal candidates, i.e. participants of courses offered at the center.

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Step 3

Once the application has been approved, the ÖSD finalises the licence contract with the examination center. The examination center pays the licence and training fees according to the terms agreed upon in the licence contract.

Licence and training fees

- Licence fees: The amount paid for a one-year licence is set by the ÖSD before the contract is finalised. It is dependent on the location and the licence status (see above) of the examination center.
- Training fees for examiners: The licencee pays a fixed fee to the ÖSD for examiner training, the cost of which is country specific according to ÖSD guidelines.

Once the licence contract has been finalized, the examination center will be sent a pack with materials which can be used for exam preparation, a folder with all the necessary information for exam organisation (including a password for members of the ÖSD examination centers), the ÖSD logo in electronic form as well as an ÖSD stamp. In addition, the examination dates for the current year are set on consultation with the ÖSD central office.

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