The Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals qualification covers all aspects of railway control engineering at a foundation level.
This is a stand-alone qualification as well as being the mandatory pre-qualifier for all wishing to sit the Advanced Diploma In Railway Control Engineering in the future.
The Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals is 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, rail operations personnel, 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.
The following changes have been agreed by Education & Professional Development Committee and these pages have been updated accordingly:
The syllabus for the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A) is available in the reading list.
Questions will cover all 10 learning objectives:
All IRSE exams are closed book, which means that candidates should not have anything open in their exam environment which could assist them in their exam. This includes, but is not limited to, having social media and other apps / programmes open on their computer, having study guides and information open and communicating with other candidates.
All exam candidates will be monitored by remote invigilation software and answers for modules B, C and D will be reviewed by anti-plagiarism software.
Previous exam papers for the Certificate are not published.
Candidates, however, are given access to an online practice paper when they have applied to sit the module.
Sample questions and answers are available, see our reading list page.
All documents within the essential reading list are available on our reading list page, available to IRSE members and non-members.
Other support materials for the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A) are in the document library below.
Many study videos are also available on IRSE's Vimeo channel via https://vimeo.com/showcase/study.
There are no prerequisites to sit the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A). IRSE members and non-members are encouraged to study for, and to sit, the module.
The Certificate can be sat twice a year, in March and early October.
Bookings for the March exam will open in January. Bookings for the October exam normally open in the May / June.
Candidate guides (in the document library below) will give further details.
For 2023, the next exam will be on Saturday 7 October and booking has now closed.
There will be no exam centres in 2023, with all exam candidates sitting the exam at a suitable location for them. Candidates will need a computer or laptop and a reliable internet connection which can access the exam website and software. Candidates will be given access to practice sessions to ensure that this works for them (see terms and conditions in document library below).
Candidates are reminded that all IRSE exams are closed book exams and that they will be monitored by remote invigilation software.