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.