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Module A: Fundamentals of railway control engineering

Exam support resources - Fundamentals of railway control engineering (Module A)

From October 2020, a new qualification will be available called "Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals" which covers all aspects of railway control engineering at a foundation level.  This will be a stand-alone qualification in addition to the mandatory pre-qualifier for all wishing to sit the full IRSE professional exam in the future.  Booking now open - closes 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 Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals" will be suitable for a much wider group of people working on or around railway control and communications systems than the full IRSE professional exam.  Junior signalling and telecoms engineers, project managers, project planners, software developers and managers of contractors and sub-contractors will demonstrate a broad knowledge of railway control and communications systems engineering by passing this module.

This module will be examined using a computer-based assessment in exam centres across the world with questions covering all 11 learning objectives from the syllabus (see below).

Study sessions and videos available

The IRSE Younger Members have put together a series of study sessions for those who are intending to sit the exam this year:

Videos of these events are available on in our dedicated IRSE Exam Study resources area on Vimeo.

Support materials

IRSE members and non-members can download support materials for fundamentals of railway control engineering (module A) from the document library below.  This will be updated soon with the recommended and additional reading lists.  Study videos are also available on IRSE's Vimeo channel via https://vimeo.com/showcase/study.