Exam Support Resources

Thinking of taking the exam in 2020? Please take part in a short survey to help us plan and if you are planning to take modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and/or 7 do ensure that you have applied to become a member of the IRSE by 14 February 2020.

The support resources on these pages is intended to provide support to members intending to take the Institution's professional examination.

Further support and guidance can be found within IRSE exam study groups run by volunteers and the independent IRSE exam forum.  A list of the current exam study groups is available here, and if you are interested in forming your own group, guidance can be found here.

Hints and tips for exam candidates can be found here.

The material provided on the following pages will help exam students understand what is expected of them by providing general information about the examination, and then 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.