IRSE Council has given the go-ahead for the first changes to the structure of the IRSE Professional Examination in 25 years. 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.
Two qualifications will be available, a “Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals” and “Advanced Diploma in Railway Control Engineering” (also remains as the full IRSE Professional Exam).
Passes in existing modules will be valid for the new exam indefinitely. Please check the online tool to see which new module(s) you will have to sit to pass the full IRSE professional exam,
Awards will remain available to candidates who achieve outstanding marks in the exam.
Booking is now open for this year's exam - deadline for all applications is 30 June 2020.
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.
The changes are detailed below, with frequently asked questions available:
From October 2020, a new qualification will be available “Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals” which covers all aspects of railway control engineering at a foundation level which will be a stand-alone qualification. This makes it suitable for a much wider group of people working on or around railway control and communications systems (for example junior signalling and telecoms engineers, project managers and planners, software developers and mangers of contractors and sub-contractors).
This will be examined using a computer-based assessment in exam centres across the world. Initially candidates will be able to sit Module A once a year in October. If there is sufficient demand, then this will be increased to at least twice a year.
Module A will also be the mandatory pre-qualifier for all wishing to sit the full IRSE professional exam. In the future this may remove the need for sponsorship by senior engineers and managers.
The syllabus and example questions are in the document library below.
Successful completion of Module A will lead to the new qualification "Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals" being awarded.
The syllabus of the professional exam is being split into three mandatory advanced modules available from October 2021. You will need to have passed Module A (or module(s) from the current exam) and be a member of the institution before you can sit Modules B to D.
The syllabus and sample question papers for each module are in the document library below.
Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the IRSE professional examination and the new qualification "Advanced Diploma in Railway Control Engineering" being awarded.