Many distance education programs require students to obtain a proctor to oversee the administration of exams. This individual is an impartial supervisor of the exam process, a role which should not be taken lightly. If the student is employed, the proctor could be the student’s supervisor, manager, or official in the company’s human resources or training department. A local librarian, community college instructor, or testing services professional is also eligible to perform the role of proctors. There are 3 important reasons why distance education programs insist on the use of proctors. These include providing a fair and ethical examination environment, aiding in the improvement of course content, and maintaining the academic integrity of an education program.