It is designed to test candidates' knowledge of railway signal and telecommunications principles and practices and is modular in nature, allowing students to answer questions that are relevant to their particular subject specialism and experience. An additional qualification is also available, called Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals.
The exam regulations ensure that all candidates are given the same opportunities and that the examinations are conducted in a fair manner, we advise that you read these regulations before applying to take the exam.
Awards are available to candidates who achieve outstanding marks in the exam.
Education & Professional Development Committee have agreed that:
The Advanced Diploma
The Advanced Diploma consists of four mandatory modules as listed below. Passing all four modules (or an agreed combination with previously available modules, see irse.info/exam) will lead you to be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Railway Control Engineering.
For more details, please see each modules' exam resources page (hyperlinks above and left hand menu). There is no time limit for completing the Advanced Diploma and passes in previously available modules will always count towards it.
Council have agreed that a distinction or higher in the Central Queensland University Graduate diploma in railway signalling or a pass in the University of Birmingham Railway Safety and Control Systems (RSCS) MSc is the equivalence of the IRSE exam (Advanced Diploma). Please read the process for establishing equivalence document if you are an educational organisation seeking to demonstrate equivalence.
The Certificate covers all aspects of railway control engineering at a foundation level. This is a stand-alone qualification in addition to being a mandatory pre-qualifier for all wishing to take the Advanced Diploma (unless have passes in previously available modules).
The Certificate is be suitable for a much wider group of people working on or around railway control and communications systems than the Advanced Diploma. 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. For more details, please see the module A exam resources page.
What are the key dates for 2022?
Booking is now closed.
Exam day date is Saturday 26 March 2022
For those wishing to sit their Advanced Diploma modules (Modules B, C and D) and are not IRSE members, please complete your application form and email it into firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 February 2022. Please note that study materials for the Advanced modules (Modules B, C and D) are only available to members, so do ensure that you are a member early to prepare fully for your module(s).
Booking opening dates for all modules will be announced in due course
Exam day for all modules is Saturday 1 October 2022
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