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Guidance for members in Scotland

The IRPM has commissioned CIH to design and manage the Member examination to enable IRPM Associates to progress to Member grade, subject to prerequisite three years' experience. The information below provides details to candidates in Scotland, their sponsors and others interested in becoming a professionally qualified member of IRPM on the structure and regulations for the examination.

Please note that the examination process in Scotland is currently being reviewed, so some of the information below may be out of date.  We will update this information as soon as we have the results of the review.  The next examination date has been set for Tuesday 17 March 2020 in Glasgow.

CIH processes personal data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act.  Please note that the information you provide as part of your registration for the IRPM Member Examination will only be used by CIH and shared with IRPM in the administration of your examination session.  You will not be contacted by any other parties.  You will be asked to confirm that you have read the CIH Privacy Notice which is available at this link  



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The IRPM have developed examinations at Foundation, Associate and Member levels on factoring in Scotland.  The IRPM's Scottish Open Learning Course (SOLC) forms the primary learning material for the examination and underpins the learning for students at both Affiliate and Associate levels.  (The format and content of the Foundation Exam is currently being reviewed).  Past papers are available on the IRPM website through the Resource Hub.  You must log in to 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 recognises 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 consists of a single compulsory question that carries 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 requires candidates to answer three questions from a total of six. The questions will be taken from a range of three specialist areas: finance and accounting for common areas, general property management and technical/building/surveying. 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, if there is sufficient demand will take place in twice a year. 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.  Applicants will need to provide evidence of independent assessment of their needs where appropriate.

How can I prepare for the examination?

Please see the IRPM website for a study guide, which includes information and documents to support study for all levels of IRPM exams in Scotland.  

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 fourteen days of the receipt of the decision of the examination board. 

How will the examination be assessed?

Candidates will need to pass both Part 1 and 2 of the examination.   You must attempt 3 questions from Part 2 of the paper, or else your examination paper will be deemed a fail paper.  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.


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