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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - IRSE Licensing scheme updates


In accordance with UK government guidance, the IRSE Licensing office is currently closed. Licensing team staff are working remotely. As far as possible, the day-to-day operation of the licensing scheme will continue as normal.   

The position is under constant review as the situation with Covid-19 develops. Thank you for your patience and cooperation at this challenging time.

Contacting IRSE Licensing 

General licensing matters: licensing@irse.org 

Licence applications: licenceapplications@irse.org 

You can also call the Licensing team on +44 (0)20 7808 1191. Please be patient and allow additional time for your queries to be answered.  

Please note that we do not have access to postroom so please do not send any queries or applications by post. 

For non-licensing matters, click here

Licence validity

Following the introduction of the current UK government restrictions, the IRSE has granted a 6 month extension to the validity of licence categories where the ‘valid until’ date falls between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.  

Employers are reminded that licences only form a part of their competence management system and that they have responsibility for the continuous competence of their staff.  

Further details are given in briefing note BN 167-04-20 

Licence assessments

We do not encourage in-person assessments at this time due to the government’s guidance on social distancing.   

Competence assessments (where no direct observation is required) can be carried out by video conferencing. 

Workplace assessments where no direct observation is required can also be carried out by video conferencing:. This includes assessments in the following category groups  

  • Signalling design 
  • Engineering manager 
  • Senior engineering manager

Please speak to your assessing agency to make arrangements for assessments.    

Licence cards

We are not able to produce licence cards at this time as the equipment to do this is unavailable. For new licences and licence renewals, confirmation of the licence being authorised will be sent to your assessing agency. 

We cannot produce replacement licence cards. 

Assessor approvals

Approvals for technical mentors, internal verifiers and additional categories for competence assessors will be carried out as normal. 

Interviews for new or renewing competence assessors will be carried out via video conferencing. 

Please submit applications to licensing@irse.org

Assessing agency audits

Assessing agency audits will be carried out by video conferencing where possible.