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About The Exams

EPC exam:

The exam is 'Open Book' - texts allowed are:

  • Approved Documents L2A and L2B: CLG guide/ Section 6 Regs
  • The course handouts (for those who have attended the CIBSE training)

Only hard copy texts are allowed; documents loaded onto laptops are not allowed in the exam.

There are 50 multiple choice questions (worth two marks each) and two exercises (worth 10 marks each). The exam is marked out of 120 and the mark is expressed as a percentage.
 
Multiple choice questions only have one right answer – candidates should note that some questions offer options for ‘all of the above’ or ‘none of the above’ so the questions should be read carefully. Questions with more than one option ticked will be marked as wrong.
 
The questions will cover the whole syllabus, some of which is only covered in the pre-reading. Some of the questions will require good engineering judgement. Some of the questions will require a calculation.
 
Candidates may mark answers in pencil or pen but must sure that it is clear which option you have chosen (especially where change has been made) – the exam is best done in pencil so that answers can be erased if you change your mind.
 
The time allowed is 90 minutes - a ‘ten minute warning’ will be given.  Candidates must stop writing on the invigilators notification at the end of the exam. 
 

DEC exam:

The exam is 'Open Book' - texts allowed are:

  • Approved Documents L2A and L2B: CLG guide
  • The course handouts (for those who have attended the CIBSE training)

Only hard copy texts are allowed; documents loaded onto laptops are not allowed in the exam.

The exam is in two parts, a written exam with 30 multiple choice questions (worth one mark each) and a simulation exam where two DEC certificates are to be produced.  Both elements must be passed. Delegates are asked to ensure they have the appropriate software and security privileges installed on computers they bring with them to the training. Should delegates not have appropriate facilities with sufficient notice CIBSE will provide for them.

 
Multiple choice questions only have one right answer – candidates should note that some questions offer options for ‘all of the above’ or ‘none of the above’ so the questions should be read carefully. Questions with more than one option ticked will be marked as wrong.
 
The questions will cover the whole syllabus, some of which is only covered in the pre-reading. Some of the questions will require good engineering judgement. Some of the questions will require a calculation.
 
Candidates may mark answers in pencil or pen but must sure that it is clear which option you have chosen (especially where change has been made) – the exam is best done in pencil so that answers can be erased if you change your mind.
 
The time allowed for the multiple choice element is 45 minutes - a ‘ten minute warning’ will be given.  Candidates must stop writing on the invigilators notification at the end of the exam. There is no time limit for the simulation element of the exam. 


Part L Exam:

Only hard copy texts are allowed; documents loaded onto laptops are not allowed in the exam. There are 20 multiple choice questions (worth one mark each) the pass mark is 70%. The time allowed is 40 minutes - you will be given a 'ten minute warning'. Standard examination rules apply - no conferring during the exam room.

Multiple choice questions only have one right answer - candidates should note that some questions offer options for 'all of the above' or 'none of the above' so the questions should be read carefully.

Questions will cover the Part L regulations including the 2013 updates. Some of the questions will require good engineering judgement.

You can go back to previous questions if you need to change an answer. The exam has a timer that will automatically log you out when time is up. The exam can be sat at a time that suits you however once you have started you cannot pause or restart the exam. 

Although the exam is 'open book' it is not designed to allow candidates to look up all the answers - material allowed should be regarded as reference. If candidates have not prepared thoroughly by completing the pre-reading and understanding the training course, you may find it hard to finish the exam. Please let us know in advance if you have any relevant special needs or requirements.
 

ISO exam:

The exam is 'Open Book' - texts allowed are:

  • Approved Documents will be emailed to delegates before the course: ISO50001:2011 Standard
  • The course handouts (for those who have attended the CIBSE training)

Only hard copy texts are allowed; documents loaded onto laptops are not allowed in the exam

There are 40 multiple choice questions.
The time allowed is 60 minutes - you will be given a 'ten minute warning'.
Multiple choice questions only have one right answer -candidates should note that some questions offer options for 'all of the above' or 'none of the above' so the questions should be read carefully.

Questions with more than one option ticked will be marked as wrong.
The questions will cover the whole syllabus, some of which is only covered in the pre-reading. Some of the questions will require good engineering judgement. Some of the questions will require a calculation.
You can mark your answers in pencil or pen but if you make a mistake you should make sure that it is clear which option you have chosen - the exam is best done in pencil so that answers can be erased if you change your mind.  Standard examination rules apply - no talking in the exam room and only one candidate allowed outside the room for a toilet break.
If you leave early please consider other candidates, particularly towards the end of the exam. We ask you not to leave after the ten minute warning is given.

Although the exam is 'open book' it is not designed to allow candidates to look up all the answers - material allowed should be regarded as reference. If candidates have not prepared thoroughly by completing the pre-reading and understanding the training course, you may find it hard to finish the exam. Please let us know in advance if you have any relevant special needs or requirements.
 
Please note should any candidate arrive more than 10 minutes late after the examination has started they will not be able to sit the exam.
 

Heat Networks Exam:

The exam is 'Open Book' - texts allowed are:

  • the course handouts and the Heat Networks Code of Practice.

Only hard copy texts are allowed; documents loaded onto laptops are not allowed in the exam. There are 35 multiple choice questions and two short exercises.  There is only one correct answer for each multiple choice question.
 
Multiple choice questions only have one right answer -candidates should note that some questions offer options for 'all of the above' or 'none of the above' so the questions should be read carefully. Questions with more than one option ticked will be marked as wrong.The questions will cover the whole syllabus, some of which is only covered in the pre-reading. Some of the questions will require good engineering judgement. Some of the questions will require a calculation.
 
 You can mark your answers in pencil or pen but if you make a mistake you should make sure that it is clear which option you have chosen - the exam is best done in pencil so that answers can be erased if you change your mind. The time allowed is 90 minutes - you will be given a 'ten minute warning'. Standard examination rules apply - no talking in the exam room and only one candidate allowed outside the room for a toilet break.
 
If you leave early please consider other candidates, particularly towards the end of the exam. We ask you not to leave after the ten minute warning is given. Although the exam is 'open book' it is not designed to allow candidates to look up all the answers - material allowed should be regarded as reference. If candidates have not prepared thoroughly by completing the pre-reading and understanding the training course, you may find it hard to finish the exam. Please let us know in advance if you have any relevant special needs or requirements.
 
Please note should any candidate be late for the examination (more than 10 minutes after the start of the exam) they will not be able to sit the exam.

Notification of examination results

All candidates are notified of the result of the examination by either letter or email. Such notification will normally be sent within 2 weeks of the examination unless the result is the subject of a complaint.


 Re-sits

Delegates are offered the opportunity of one re sit at no charge if they fail the exam.  The re sits are arranged with the training manager.  If the re sit is not successful we recommend the candidate takes some further training before trying again. If they would like to re sit a further time then there is a charge associated with this. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can re sit


Appeals/Security

You can ask CIBSE to make an enquiry into your examination results if you think:

  • A mistake has been made working out the result
  • There are issues with the exam questions
  • Security has been breached
 

Appeals should be made in writing at least 2 weeks from the date the results are received and must be made in writing to CIBSE Training. The paper will be reassessed by a suitably qualified person and member of CIBSE Training who has not been involved in the original marking process. You will be informed in writing of the outcome of the appeal.

Examination/ Security concerns may be submitted in writing to:



By Mail:

CIBSE Training & Events
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By E-mail:
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