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  2. Membership
  3. Qualifications & Careers
  4. Publications & Resources
  5. Get Involved
  6. News

Exam Support Resources

Taking the exam in 2020? The support resources on these pages are intended to provide support to those intending to take the Institution's professional examination.

Coronavirus update: IRSE Education & Professional Development Committee will review whether October's exam will take place at the end of May and announcements will be made end May / beginning June - Please see the main exam webpage for any updates about the exam and IRSE's dedicated coronavirus page for other information.

For details about applying for the exam, and updates on the exam, please see our main exam webpage.

Further support and guidance can be found within IRSE exam study groups run by volunteers and the independent IRSE exam forum.  

 A number of exam study groups are available during the year, and if you are interested in forming your own group, guidance can be found here.  

The IRSE Younger Members 2020 study days have been announced but booking for these is essential:

Hints and tips for exam candidates can be found here.

The material provided on the IRSE Exam pages will help candidates understand what is expected of them by providing general information about the examination, and for each of the modules, providing:

  • details of the syllabus for each module
  • copies of previous examination questions for that module from the last five years
  • a selection of sample answers for some of those questions
  • where available, the study guide
  • the suggested reading list.

Study guides are available for the majority of modules.  These provide guidance on what to learn and where to find learning materials to support that module.  They also provide suggested activities to support learning. Where no study guide is available there are reference text books that can be used, as well as papers presented to the IRSE on those topics; these are included in suggested reading lists.

The exam is changing

The changes are intended to simplify the module structure, to introduce modern assessment techniques and to encourage a much wider population of railway professionals to learn about control and communications principles and practices whilst maintaining the high status of the exam.

Please look at the exam changes page for further details, including the syllabuses of each module and also read the frequently asked questions page.