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 these are:
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.
For those wishing to sit modules in March:
The only module available for March exams is the Certificate (Module A)
Exam day is Saturday 4 March 2023 and is now bookable
All candidates are reminded that the IRSE exams are closed book examinations, with remote proctoring (invigilation) software in place to detect any infringement to these rules.
For those wishing to sit modules in October:
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 email@example.com. Please note d that study materials for the Advanced modules (Modules B, C and D) are only available to members.
Booking will close at end of July to ensure that candidates are committed to preparing for their module(s), practice papers can be set up online and examiners know how many papers to prepare for
Exam day for all modules is Saturday 7 October 2023
All candidates are reminded that the IRSE exams are closed book examinations, with remote proctoring (invigilation) and anti-plagiarism software in place to detect any infringement to these rules.
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Booking for the exam on 4 March is now open and will close on 31 January 2023