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Module A: Fundamentals of railway control engineering

Exam support resources - Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals / 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.

Coronavirus update: Following a special meeting of the IRSE Education & Professional Development Committee on 19 May where all available information and guidance was reviewed, the decision was taken to proceed with current plans for the IRSE professional examination in October 2020.

The professional exam will take place in designated centres across the world on Saturday 3 October where strict adherence to local social distancing procedures will be observed.

If a regional restriction is still in place as the examination date nears, regrettably the exam will have to be cancelled at short notice only at that location.

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 videos available

The IRSE Younger Members have run a series of study sessions for those who are intending to sit the exam this year and 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, included reading list and study guide, for Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals / fundamentals of railway control engineering (module A) from the document library below. Note that study videos are also available on IRSE's Vimeo channel via https://vimeo.com/showcase/study.