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 IRSE Exam

The IRSE professional examination provides one of the main routes to corporate membership of the Institution. It is designed to test candidates' knowledge of railway signal and telecommunications principles and practices and is modular in nature, to permit students to sit modules that are relevant to their particular subject specialism and experience. The examination is held in a number of centres around the world, generally on the first Saturday in October.  Applicants must already be members of the Institution and all applications to sit the examination must be made by 30 June of that year.
Before applying, you must gain endorsement from a Sponsor (an IRSE Fellow or Member) who is familiar with your abilities and experience, and considers you capable of passing your selected Exam modules.  If you are taking modules of the Exam this year, you must first read the Exam 2017 Application Guidance document which will give you and your Sponsor clear instructions.  Once you have received written authority from the IRSE, you may complete the Online Application Form.  Under no circumstances will applications be accepted without appropriate endorsement.  If you have not registered to gain access to the members’ area already, click on the appropriate tab at the top of the home page and follow the simple instructions on the application form.
There are seven exam modules (see below) and to gain the full IRSE Exam, it is necessary to achieve a Pass in four of them. Module 1 is compulsory and you choose a further three modules to suit your experience and specialism.
Module 1: Safety of Railway Signalling and Communications
Module 2: Signalling the layout
Module 3: Signalling principles
Module 4: Communications principles
Module 5: Signalling & Control Equipment, Applications Engineering
Module 6: Communications Equipment, Applications Engineering
Module 7: Systems, Management & Engineering
The exam syllabus provides a description of the topics covered in each of the modules and indicates the breadth and the depth of knowledge required.  Exam candidates have access to exam support resources, available through the members’ area of the website.
The candidate with the highest marks in any one year, will be considered for the Thorrowgood Scholarship Award.  This provides a cash sum to be used to further an individual’s interest in railway signalling and telecommunications and through an organised technical visit to a railway administration and/or a supplier.  For further details see  Prize Awards  
When should I take the exam?
It is important to apply to sit modules of the Exam when you are fully prepared so please take the time to read the important guidance document in the right-hand column.



 IRSE exam dates

Details of when you must apply for entering the 2017 Exam, and the date of the Exam itself, will be available early in 2017.
If you are not an IRSE member but wish to sit modules of the Exam this year, we must receive your completed membership application by 28 February.  Those who submit applications after this date cannot be guaranteed membership in time for the exam application deadline of 30 June. 
Updated guidance and information for Candidates and Sponsors for the IRSE Professional Examination 2017 is now available on the website.

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