The New Associate Entry Exam
The Associate Entry Examination is now available online, allowing candidates to take the exam anywhere with an internet connection, at their own convenience.
Confidence for Candidates
Through rigorous testing and stringent regulations IEMA, the Professional Standards Committee, marking team and our trusted online provider have made sure the new entry exam is just as strong as the Open Book Assessment and maintains the standard expected of an Associate member, it’s simply a quicker, more convenient method.
A step-by-step guide to the new exam is available to explain the new online system. Click on the video screen below to watch.
Users can have complete confidence in the online platform as it securely captures every completed answer ensuring that, even in the case of a power or internet connection fault, no answer entered will be lost.
Candidates for the entry exam register with IEMA and we guide you through the process.
Upon registration candidates will be emailed a private link and unique log-in details that will grant access to the examination platform. Individuals have 28 days from receiving the access details to take the examination which is laid out across a series of question and answer screens.
Preparation and Support
While still requiring the set 80-hours of self-study, the candidates are not alone in preparing for the exam. IEMA will be providing a solid suite of online support materials, downloads, regular webinars, regional workshops, reference links, a core reading list and advice from the IEMA team, specifically from IEMA’s Professional Development Adviser Victoria Douch.
The examination also allows freedom from intense assessment as it takes just 2.5 hours to complete and the results will be available in just six weeks, three months sooner than the Open Book Assessment.
The quicker turnaround is a result of the new assessment method which allows papers to be marked much quicker, as exams can be taken at any time, the marking team can mark papers in a steady, more manageable stream instead of three large batches each year.
Options and Comparisons
There will still be two central routes to becoming an IEMA Associate member. Anyone wanting to be taught the principles required to be an Associate member in a learning environment can still take an Associate certificate course from any one of IEMA’s approved training providers (a full list is available here). The online entry exam is open to anyone who feels they have achieved the required level knowledge independently, and offers them the opportunity to have that know-how assessed.
Click here for a one-stop comparison of your Associate assessment (including training) options.