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.
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.
Some members may be able to gain exemption from some or all of the exam modules, please get in touch with the exam team if you are interested in this or 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 2021?
Booking opened for all candidates wishing to sit the 2021 IRSE exams. All are asked to read the guidance document in detail, including terms and conditions of the exam. To book, please click here to take you to the events page or type irse.info/exambooking21 into your browser. Note that all checks will take place after you have made your booking, so please ensure that you have booked the correct module(s) and that you send in your SDF (if required). Module 2 candidates: E&PD Committee are still working on a solution for you to sit module 2 in 2021 - update - this has now been resolved and candidates will be sitting module 2 in October
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