1. Booking CIPS exam with CMI
To book an exam with CMI , you must first purchase your CIPS student membership directly with CIPS which is valid for one year.
CIPS Student membership costs approx £191 and is one year in duration from date of receipt of membership. Click here to buy CIPS student membership.
What do I do once I receive my CIPS student membership ID?
Once you have your CIPS student membership number, do not proceed to book exams directly with CIPS. As a student at CMI you are required to book CIPS exams directly with CMI.
2. How do I book CIPS exams through CMI?
When you have received your CIPS membership number, you can now proceed with booking CIPS exams through the CMI Exam Booking portal .
Enter your CIPS membership number on the CMI Exam Booking portal. Then proceed to select the correct options:
- Exam Series (March, July, November)
- Delivery Method (Exam centre, Remote Invigilation, Special Needs Centre)
- Course Type (Diploma, Advanced Diploma etc)
Once you have selected the correct options, you can proceed to payment.
How many exams do I book at a time?
You only need to book exam units you are currently studying and feel ready and prepared to do. So in most cases there is 2 or 3 exam units per term to select. You can book the units on a term by term basis and it is possible to delay doing 1 or 2 units. It is highly recommended to follow the schedule and the number of units for each term to sit.
Once we receive your booking through the CMI website, we will enter your booking directly with CIPS. Your booked exams will then appear in the MyCIPS section of your CIPS account 10 days after the closing date for exam bookings.
3. Booking FormStep 1 : Enter CIPS Membership ID
Step 2 Choose Delivery Method
- Exam Centre
- Remote Invigilation
- Special Needs Exam centre
Step 3 Add to Cart and Proceed to Payment
Add the units you wish to sit on the exam series and add to cart and proceed to payment.
Your Personal Responsibility: It is your sole responsibility to book individual CIPS exams directly through CMIs booking platform, prior to each exam entry deadline.
Exam booking deadlines are posted on the exam timetable page. Keep a look out for the deadlines.
A payment receipt is automatically forwarded to your email address, which you can bring with you as verification on the day of the exam. No exam bookings are processed unless an online payment has been made. Please note that there are no refunds for exam bookings or for deferrals to another exam series.
4. Exam series
There are FOUR exam series each year. Please choose the exam period when booking with CMI:
Please note May is not a traditional CMI exam scheduled exam series but a CIPS exam series. Usually used for repeat exams by students, not usually offered by CMI.
What is the format of the exams?
Exams are split across two weeks. There are two types of CIPS exams:
– Objective response (OR) exams, which are multiple choice, 1.5 hours
– Constructed response (CR) exams, which are essay-style, 3 hours
The minimum score required to pass an OR exam is 70%. For CR exams, the minimum score for a pass is 50%. All CIPS exams are computer-based.
5. Computer based Exam Centre
Please chose the exam location.
All CIPS exams take place in our dedicated CIPS exam centre in Sandyford Exam Centre, Dublin 18, Ireland.
Choosing an Exam centre takes away any responsibility and technical issues you could face if opting for the remote invigilation option.
Depending if you have special needs requirements (e.g., you require an exam reader), your exams can also take place in our special needs exam centre in Dublin 12.
6. Remote Invigilation RI*
This option has become more popular and allows you sit the exam anywhere. It is approximately 39euro extra for each unit. Software is downloaded to your PC and you have a dedicated Invigilator for the exam.
To sit a CIPS online remote exam, you will need a desktop or laptop computer, a webcam and mobile device with a camera and a constant, stable and speedy internet connection. You also need to have access to a private room without any disturbances for the whole duration of the exam. We’ve provided some helpful guidance to help you understand more about CIPS online remote exams
You must meet the minimum technical requirements outlined below:
- Mac 10.8+ or Windows 7+ operating system Important note: Surface Pro/iPads/tablets/notebooks are not compatible with the testing software so you cannot take your exam on any of those devices
- Intel Core i3 (or equivalent) and 4GB RAM
- A working webcam, microphone, and speaker system
- Continuous internet speed of a minimum of 516 kbps
- A comfortable-size computer screen of at least 11 inches to minimise fatigue.
A compatible mobile device:
- iOS – iOS 13.4 and above. Devices – iPhone 7,7 plus, 8, 8 plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 pro, 11 Max Pro, SE (2nd gen), iPad Air 2 (and above), iPad Mini 4, All iPad Pro model
- Android – 8.0 and above.
Can’t meet the requirements?
Students that cannot meet these requirements should not book online remote exams and should book CIPS exams directly through CMI Booking website.
7. Selecting a time and date for your OR exam
The times for OR exams are stated in the CMI Exam Timetable . There is an option to change the OR exam to an alternative day and time in that scheduled week (Monday to Friday). There must be a valid reason. During the first week , times for OR 1.5 hour exams start at 9 AM, 12 noon or 3 PM. The second week, CR 3 hour typed written exams are fixed dates are not flexible or changeable.
On the CIPS exam timetable, there is a default time and date assigned for each OR exam (usually Monday and Wednesday at a specified time). If you wish to select an alternative time and date, simply book your exam as normal and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred time and date.
8. Reasonable Accommodations
If you require additional supports for your exam, please email admin@ cmi-ireland.com. We will then be in touch to discuss your options with you.
Requests to defer exams should be submitted within one week of the exam booking closure date. Requests for deferrals are handled on a case-by-case basis by the CIPS Assessment Team.
After the entry closure date refunds are not possible if you wish to cancel.
Requests should be made to the CMI Exam Registrar at email@example.com.
10. Exam Centre Locations
12. Reasonable Adjustment
If you have special need requirements , i.e have a condition that could impair the performance of your exam, special arrangements can be made in advance. It is possible due to your condition, you require additional time before or after the exam, or require a Scribe/ Reader.
Candidates wishing to apply for special consideration under the CIPS Reasonable Adjustment and Special Consideration policy must contact CMI directly in advance, within the first 4 weeks of commencing your programme. You will be required to complete a Reasonable Adjustment form and supply supporting evidence (e.g Medical report) to the CMI Assessment Team. Request a form here:
CMI Exam Team : firstname.lastname@example.org
CMI Exam Team will forward the completed form to the CIPS Assessment Team. If CIPS approve your Reasonable Adjustment request, the CMI Exam Team will be in contact with you. The cost of additional adjustment support services will be quoted to you and the cost will depend on the nature of your request. You can pay here https://www.cmi-ireland.com/buy-courses-extras. These requests must be paid, agreed with CMI, arranged and finalised 2 weeks before the exam entry closure date.
Guidance on CIPS Reasonable Adjustment and Special Consideration policy – read more here.
13. Special Consideration
In the event circumstances affect your performance at an exam, you can put in a a special consideration request within 7 days of the exam. You must provide supporting evidence e.g. letter from the doctor, hospital and must apply directly to the CIPS Assessment Team.
Inability to sit the exam:
Absence or no show at an exam sitting for non-medical reasons will result in no credit to your account and you forfeit the money you paid for your place. You will be required to re-register for the exam.
If illness prevents you from attending the exam, you should provide a written explanation to CMI 24 hours before the exam starting day/time supported by a medical certificate. The exam fee will be credited to your account for future use, and a new examination enrollment will be required. Contact:
CMI Exam Team: email@example.com
CMI has a dedicated Computer Based Exam centre in Cashel Road, Dublin 12 for Reasonable Adjustment and Special Consideration.
CMI COMPUTER BASED EXAM CENTRE for CIPS EXAMS – Special Needs Only
14 A Block B,
Cashel Business Centre,
T: 01 492 7070
Directions: Google Map
Working hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 17:30
Parking: Free on-street
Bus: 18, 83, 77N to Stanaway Road, Kimmage/Crumlin
Nearest Bus Stop: Bus 9, 54A to Kimmage, Lower Kimmage Road (Fortfield Road)
14. Please read CIPS Rules and Regulations document prior to sitting an exam in the Computer Based Exam Centre. Please check the venue location prior to your journey to the exam centre.