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    IRPM Member (previously Part II) examination guide


    The IRPM has commissioned CIH to design and manage the Member (previously Part II) examination to enable IRPM Associates to progress to the Member grade of the Institute, subject to prerequisite 3 years experience. The IRPM have developed examinations at both levels based on the management of heritable property in Scotland.  IRPM developed a Distance Learning Pack (DLP) in conjunction with the Property Managers Association Scotland (PMAS) which forms the primary syllabus for these examinations and underpins the learning for students at both levels.  This guide also provides information to the candidate, their sponsors and others interested in becoming a professionally qualified member of IRPM, on the structure and regulations for the examination.

    The Distance Learning Pack and further information on the examinations including past papers at Part II level are available to IRPM members on the Members Only area of the IRPM website.  You must log into the members area to view these.  

    Why is CIH involved in the examination?

    CIH is a nationally recognised Awarding Organisation for housing qualifications. In addition, CIH approves qualifications delivered by universities and colleges across the UK and overseas. This provides CIH with considerable experience and expertise in the design and delivery of qualifications to national quality assured standards.

    What will I have to do to pass the Member examination?

    The Member examination has been designed as an unseen examination paper and is divided into two parts; Part 1 and Part 2.

    Part 1 will consist of a single compulsory question and will carry a potential 40 marks. It will present a detailed problem or 'crisis' and candidates will be asked to respond to this problem from the perspective of their specialist area of expertise as well as being expected to understand the wider implications of block management.

    Part 2 will require candidates to answer three questions from a total of eight questions.  The questions will be taken from  range of four specialist areas: service charge accounting, general property management, technical/building surveying and affordable housing.  This section carries 60 marks.

    Candidates will also be reqired to demonstrate that they have fulfilled and filed up to date CPD requirements before being granted Member status.

    What level is the examination set at ?

    The qualification has been designed to be assessed at level 1 of an undergraduate programme (equivalent to Level 7 of the SCQF). This would be at least the same level as an HNC year one or a SVQ level 3/4 qualification.

    When will the examination take place?

    The unseen examination will take place in April each year. There will be one opportunity each year to take the examination. However, if there is sufficient demand a further date may be arranged. Candidates will be informed of their results within 10 weeks of taking the examination.

    Where will it take place?

    The examination will be held in Glasgow. The location of future examinations will depend upon the number and location of candidates but we will endeavour to provide a centre within reasonable travelling distance for all.

    What if I need special arrangements for the examination?

    Should you require special facilities or support you must make CIH aware of your needs when you apply for registration. CIH and IRPM are committed to providing access to all and will endeavour to meet all requests for support and/or provide special facilities to enable open and comprehensive access to the examination.

    How can I prepare for the examination?

    IRPM will organise workshops specifically to assist candidates preparing for the examination. The DLP will be provided to all candidates and this will form the basis of the examination questions. Candidates should additionally keep abreast of all issues affecting the law and management of property in Scotland, for instance; considerations of the Scottish Parliament, precedent decisions in the courts and good practice guidelines published by such bodies as the Health and Safety Executive.

    What are the regulations for the examination?

    The examination will be conducted according to the CIH/IRPM regulations.  It is important that you read these regulations to ensure that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities relating to the conduct of the examination.  Should you wish to appeal against the decision of the examination board you should contact CIH and request a copy of the appeals procedure.  You must submit any appeal within ten working days of the receipt of the decision of the examination board. 

    How will the examination be assessed?

    Candidates will need to pass both Part A and B of the examination. The answer scripts from the examination will be marked by academic assessors. The scripts will then be sample marked by an external examiner appointed by CIH. The final decision will be taken by the CIH/IRPM examination board. This will comprise of the assessors, the external examiner, representatives from IRPM and CIH.

    The results of the examination board will be sent by CIH to candidates following the examination board meeting.

    What can I do if I fail?

    Candidates who fail the examination will be allowed to retake the examination at the next sitting. Candidates will be required to retake the whole examination. There will be an administration fee of £100 for a first retake of the examination. Should the candidate fail the second attempt a full resit fee will be charged.

    Candidates who fail the examination will be provided with extensive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses to enable them to prepare for the second attempt.

    What does it cost?

    The cost for both parts of the examination is £360. This must be paid in full before the candidate sits the unseen examination. Should the candidate decide not to proceed with the examination a refund of the fee can be made subject to an administration charge. Fees cannot be refunded to any candidate who withdraws from the programme less than 3 weeks before the examination date. However, the candidate may be transferred to the next available examination session. No fees can be refunded once the unseen examination has been taken.

    How do I apply?

    Contact us

    If you have questions relating to the administration of the examinations please contact CIH on:

    T: 024 7685 1739


    For questions relating to IRPM membership please contact IRPM on:

    T: 020 7935 8478



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