Key Facts

Level of qualification 

Equivalent to degree level

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, students are expected to have some knowledge of risk management tools and techniques.


Completion of the financial services certificate will grant exemptions to modules 1 and 2 of the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management, leaving just 4 modules to complete to achieve the full diploma.

English language requirements

IRM's qualifications are delivered and assessed in English. If you are a non-UK student, and English is not your first langauge, we recommend you have an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent evidence of competence in the English language, before commencing your studies.

How long does it take to complete?

You can complete the Certificate within 6 to 9 months. You will  undertake modules 1 and 2 at the same time and sit exams for both in the same exam period.

Qualification Completion Time Limit

Students undertaking the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management qualification must complete the qualification within two years of enrolling as a student. Three attempts are permitted within this timeframe. After this point, students will be required to re-enrol and pay a further fee.

Average study time

An indicative study time for the qualification is between 180 and 200 hours per module.

Assessment requirements

Module 1 is assessed by a 90 minutes multiple choice examination and module 2 is assessed through a three hour written examination of a combination of short answer and essay style questions.

Membership designations

Successful graduates automatically become IRMCert.

Examination sessions

There are two examination sessions for the Certificate in Financial Services. These are normally the first week in June and the last week in November. Click here for more details.

Enrolment periods

June exams

1 July - 30 November enrolments (late enrolments 1 -31 December)

November exams

1 February - 30 April enrolments (late enrolments 1 -31 May)


If you are seeking support from your employer to fund your studies, see our list of employer benefits that can be included in your business case.


Contact the Student Support Team

To get in touch or for more information contact us:

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