Module A: Fundamentals of railway control engineering

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

Application forms for October 2020's exam will be available soon!

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.

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).  

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.

Thinking of taking the exam in 2020? 

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  • You do not need to be a member of the IRSE to sit Module A, but you do need to be a member to sit any of the other modules.
  • The application process for candidates wishing to sit the exam in 2020 (the final opportunity to sit modules 1-7 and the first opportunity to sit Module A) will open soon - watch these pages for more information.
  • The deadline for applying to sit Module A on 3 October 2020 is 30 June 2020.