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Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A) March 2024
23 Mar 2024 5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Section: Contact the exam team at exam@irse.org for all exam queries.

The IRSE Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A) is now available for booking for the exam on Saturday 23 March 2024. It is a computer-based exam and will be held online.

Please contact the exam team at exam@irse.org if you have any special requirements which you wish to discuss.

  • IRSE members and non-members can book to sit this exam.
  • See the essential reading list for the broad-based syllabus and essential reading material - questions will cover all the learning objectives.
  • The cost is GBP £120 per person, with no discounts available.
  • There are 7 timeslots to choose from (starting at 05:00, 06:30, 08:00, 09:30, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 UTC) - please note that all times are given in UTC which could be different to your local time.
  • The exam takes 90 minutes.
  • There are no exam centres - you are responsible for providing your own device (Windows, MacOS or Linux) with webcam, a suitable quiet environment with reliable internet without firewall or software download restrictions.
  • You will be monitored throughout your exam by remote invigilation software.
  • You will be required to download and test that the remote invigilation software by 3 weeks before exam day (by 2 March).
  • See pdfs below for full terms and conditions and further nformation.
Booking closes on 18 February 2024 for all candidates.
Venue: Online
Location: - Online -
1. Fees paid are non-refundable unless the IRSE is at fault.
2. The exam date of Saturday 23 March 2024 is fixed and cannot be changed.
3. The candidate is responsible for informing exam@irse.org of any special requirements, including any additional time requirements, for them to sit exam modules by 1 March 2023. They must submit any additional detail, for example medical certificates even if they have informed the IRSE previously of their requirements.
4. Appeals will not be allowed for the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A) under any circumstances.
5. Exam candidates choose at the time of booking fixed time periods during which they will be able to log into and start their module. These will be fixed and will not be able to be changed after booking closes on 18 February 2024.
6. Full results will be shared with IRSE Council for their monitoring of institution activities. Results of candidates who have passed the Certificate will be published in IRSE News unless the candidate has informed exam@irse.org by 23 March 2023 that they wish their results not to be published.
7. Answers to exam questions submitted by candidates may be used anonymously for training purposes.
8. Candidates will not receive copies of the exam answers that they submit under any circumstances and the candidate specifically agrees to waive any rights under Freedom of Information etc. in this respect.
9. Full scripts of correct answers will not be published or shared with candidates.
10. Candidates can book the Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (Module A) to sit on Saturday 23 March 2024. Candidates do not have to be members of the IRSE.
11. Candidates agree to sitting exam module(s) online in their own home / office using their own / work computer and agrees to the following terms and conditions around these arrangements:
11.1. The candidate agrees that the IRSE has no liability whatever for any issues the candidate may experience when taking the exam associated with:
11.1.1. The speed / reliability / stability of the candidate’s internet connection.
11.1.2. Any perceived hardware deficiencies in the computer the candidate uses to sit the exam, for example speed / reliability of the machine or size / clarity of the screen.
11.1.3. Any software compatibility issues between the software utilised for sitting the exam and any other software resident on the computer that the candidate uses to sit the exam.
11.1.4. Any other issues related to IT equipment utilised by the candidate in sitting the exam or submitting their answers, which the candidate perceives may have disadvantaged them.
11.1.5. Any issues associated with the environment in which the candidate chooses to take the exam, which the candidate perceives may have disadvantaged them, for example background noise / sources of distraction etc.
11.1.6. Any disadvantage the candidate may perceive associated with their non familiarity with the software utilised for sitting the exam
11.2. The software utilised for sitting the exam for all candidates includes “Remote Proctoring” functionality for the purposes of fraud prevention. This will need to be installed on the computer used by the candidate for the exam prior to exam day. The Remote Proctoring functionality will amongst other things:
• Monitor the candidate visually during the exam including their continued presence, the absence of other individuals and the use of listening devices such as headphones.
• Log all other software used on the candidate’s computer during the exam (including access to websites, access to email and messaging services, access to files on the computer, etc.). Candidate should ensure that before sitting the exam they close ALL other browser tabs / documents / explorer windows etc and that these remain closed for the duration of the exam. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
• Record the candidate’s IP address during the exam. Candidates whose IP address is the same as other candidates will be required to provide a written explanation as to why this is the case. In the absence of an appropriate explanation (for example connecting via a corporate network), all candidates sharing IP addresses will be disqualified.
In the event that the candidate believes that the Remote Proctoring software may have identified an adverse action on the part of the candidate during the exam (for example leaving the room for a physical needs break), then the candidate should submit a written explanation within 24 hours of the end of the exam to exam@irse.org including their name, candidate number and the full details of the suspected adverse action and the explanation for it.
The candidate is responsible for monitoring that the remote proctoring software is operating throughout the duration of the exam by means of the on-screen indications.
Downloading of the remote proctoring software can sometimes be barred by corporate IT policies or be problematic for other reasons. The candidate is strongly advised to take advantage of the opportunity provided to download and check the functioning of the remote proctoring software sufficiently in advance of the exam date that any problems that arise can be resolved. If the candidate chooses not to check the downloading and functioning of this software in advance of the exam day and then finds that it will either not download and / or not function on the exam day, then they will be disqualified from the relevant modules.
11.3. The candidate agrees not to copy or attempt to copy the examination questions from the software utilised for sitting the exam. The candidate further agrees not to discuss or communicate the content of the exam questions to any person within 24 hours of completing the examination (by any means including but not limited to telephone, social media, email, face to face discussion, chat rooms / discussion groups etc) nor to attempt to place any information relating to the content of the examination questions in the public domain.
11.4. The candidate warrants that their answers to the examination questions will be entirely their own work, and that during the examination they will not communicate or attempt to communicate with any other person in order to gain any advantage in the examination. Members of the IRSE are bound by the IRSE Code of Professional Conduct, which requires (amongst other things) honesty and integrity. Whether they are a member of the IRSE or not, the candidate agrees to apply these professional standards.
11.5. The candidate agrees that they will not seek to gain unfair advantage during the examination by opening or consulting with any text books, previously prepared notes, study materials, internet sites or any other sources of information or reference.
11.6. The exam process will include a methodology for checking the identity of the candidate to a recognised photo ID document (e.g. passport). The candidate consents to this and to the IRSE storing (in accordance with normal data protection rules) images associated with the implementation of this methodology.
11.7. The candidate agrees that on receipt by IRSE of credible evidence of a breach by the candidate of conditions 11.3, 11.4 or 11.5, then the IRSE reserves the right to impose sanctions on the candidate as it deems appropriate, which may include one or more of the following:
11.7.1. Not issuing a result for the relevant candidate / module.
11.7.2. Revocation of any IRSE Licenses the candidate may hold.
11.7.3. Expulsion of the candidate from IRSE membership indefinitely. The candidate agrees that the IRSE’s decision in this matter is final and is not subject to any appeal either to any other body or to any court of law. The candidate further agrees that in such circumstances the IRSE will not be liable to refund the fee paid by the candidate to take the relevant exam / module.
11.8. The candidate specifically forgoes any right to appeal the results of the examination arising from any issues listed in condition 11.1.
This event is closed.