"The Examination Officers’ Association name was chosen back in 1999. The suggestion to shorten the word ‘Examination’ to ‘Exam’ was muted, but it was then agreed that the full name should stand, as at that time examination officers felt that by shortening the name it seemed to reinforce that perception that this role was in some way a part time job, with little value or status. The full title of the organisation has always been a bit of a mouthful to say so many still use the shortened version, 'exam' but whatever one calls this organisation there is no shortcut by its community, based on hard work and a steely determination to do a professional job.
This perception of maintaining a 'low status role' persisted as organisations continued to use the shortened version 'exam' in all their communications and often referred to the exam officer community as basic administrators. It took many years for the EOA to gain recognition that exam officers are not just administering exams in their centres, but are often managing every aspect of the process, well beyond their restricted pay grades as defined under trade union and local authority criteria.
But of course the debate and effort over the past 20 years has not been about what one calls this organisation, but it's been about creating a community and making a statement of intent to represent this invaluable workforce appropriately and move away from this convenient portrayal of this role as a low level administrative activity which could be easily manipulated, micro managed and poorly paid. The advent of the EOA (international) goes back to the original roots of the organisation, "run by exams officers for exams officers" providing that independent 'voice' within the education and exams sector, which encourages cooperation and engagement with all stakeholders on behalf of all learners".
(Andrew Harland - former exams officer, founder, member & CEO)