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  2. Membership
  3. Qualifications & Careers
  4. Publications & Resources
  5. Get Involved
  6. News

Exam Support Resources

Taking the exam in 2021? The support resources on these pages are intended to provide support to those intending to take the Institution's professional examination

For details about applying for the exam, and updates on the exam, please see our main exam webpage.

Further support and guidance can be found within IRSE exam study groups run by volunteers and the independent IRSE exam forum.

A number of exam study groups are available during the year, and if you are interested in forming your own group, guidance can be found here.

Study workshops and videos

The Younger Members' section are organising online study workshops for those intending to sit the exam in October 2021.  Please keep an eye on our events webpage plus announcements via social media and our members' ebulletins for details including dates, times, subjects and how to book your place(s). Videos of previous workshps are available on in our dedicated IRSE Exam Study resources area on Vimeo. This includes the latest exam review videos with hints, tips and commentary from October 2020's exam and videos of 2021's workshops will be added to this area.

Study materials

Hints and tips for exam candidates can be found here.

The material provided on the IRSE Exam pages will help candidates understand what is expected of them by providing general information about the examination, and for each of the modules, providing:

  • details of the syllabus for each module
  • copies of previous examination questions for that module from the last five years
  • a selection of sample answers for some of those questions
  • where available, the study guide
  • the suggested reading list.

Study guides are available for the majority of modules. These provide guidance on what to learn and where to find learning materials to support that module. They also provide suggested activities to support learning. Where no study guide is available there are reference text books that can be used, as well as papers presented to the IRSE on those topics; these are included in suggested reading lists.