This is a new qualification Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals which 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 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.
The syllabus for the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A) is available in the reading list and questions will cover all 11 learning objectives:
Exam papers for the Certificate will not be published. However candidates will be given access to an online practice paper when they have applied to sit the module. Sample questions are available, see our reading list page.
All documents within the essential reading list are available on our reading list page for 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.
Applications to sit the exam on Saturday 4 March 2023 are available (booking link here). Applications to sit the exam on Saturday 7 October 2023 will open in spring 2023.
Please read the candidate guide in the document library below.
All candidates are reminded that IRSE exams are closed book examinations.
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).
Booking now open until 31 January 2023