Digital Risk Management Certificate

Enrolment deadline for June 2020 exam sessions: 31 January 2020 

Please note: Invoice payments will only be accepted until 15 January 
Card payments will continue to be accepted until 31 January 

Please note: Enrolments are now open for those wishing to register for the June 2020 exam session. Course materials will be made available from 1st September 2019.

The Digital Risk Management Certificate is the ideal qualification for anyone looking to develop an understanding of risk management in the digital era. The qualification has been designed to introduce learners to digital disruption, its causes and consequences and to equip individuals with the tools and techniques to apply their skills in an increasingly digital world.

Taking 6-9 months to complete, the certificate is a distance learning study programme that is relevant to all sectors.


Qualification overview

This new specialist Certificate, awarded by the IRM and developed with support from the WMG Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick and the University’s Department of Politics and International Studies, has been designed to equip individuals to apply and develop their skills in an increasingly digital world.

The qualification provides an introduction to the concepts of digital risk management and explains how new technologies and digitalisation are disrupting businesses, changing the risk environment for organisations of all types and posing new ethical challenges. It explores how appropriate risk management tools and techniques can be applied, adapted and developed in the digital context and provides a detailed introduction to cyber security principles and practices.

In the video below, Professor Tom Sorell of Warwick University, co-author of the qualification, offers a comprehensive introduction to the new Digital Risk Management Certificate. 

The certificate is set at an equivalent level of difficulty to an undergraduate degree. 


6-9 months                                                                                                                                                      

Students undertaking the Digital Risk Management Certificate qualification can complete the qualification within 6-9 months. 

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

Supported distance learning

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to study at home at your own pace. Our extensive global network of examination centres and our special centre policy means you can study and take your examinations anywhere in the world. 

  • The Study – online student area
  • Student handbook
  • Study guides
  • Core textbooks are not provided as part of the course fee. They can be ordered as an eBook or physical book through Amazon. 
  • Discussion forum
  • Module coaches
  • Risk in the Real World webinars
  • Tutorial and revision webinars
  • Local study groups: setting up a local study and networking group in your area enables you to set up your own agenda, meet as often as you need and keep each other motivated. if you would like help in setting up a group, you can contact other students using the Discussion Forums. 

There are no formal entry requirements.

IRM's qualifications are delivered and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, 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 beginning your studies.

IRM’s examinations are online and computer-based. Module content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes. 

Please note: You can only enrol for one Certificate per exam session.

Examination Dates

The first examination session is on 25 November 2019. There will be 3 examination sessions in 2020 in March, June, and December.

Exam Date

Enrolment opens

Enrolments close
(All payment methods)

Late closing date
(Debit/credit card only)

25 November 2019 3 December 2018 17 May 2019 31 May 2019
9 March 2020 10 June 2019 16 August 2019 30 August 2019
18 June 2020 9 September 2019 31 December 2019 31 December 2019
10 December 2020 2 February 2020 15 May 2020  31 May 2020 


Examination Centres

Pearson VUE has an extensive test centre network across the world.

Students will be notified of the date they can book the test centre for the exam after they have enrolled on the qualification and their payment successfully processed.

Special needs and access arrangements

Wherever possible, examination arrangements will take into account any special requirements you have. If you complete an application for special arrangements, we must receive your completed form no later than two months before your scheduled examination and before you book your exam centre with Pearson VUE. This is to give us enough time to effectively help you with your requirements. While we aim to meet all requests, we cannot fulfil requirements where applications are received late.

Special arrangements application form

Special needs and access policy 

Who is the qualification suitable for? 

This qualification is recommended for anyone who wishes to understand risk management in the digital era. It provides a basis for understanding digital disruption, its causes and its consequences, and it equips students with the tools and techniques of professional risk management to mitigate the risks inherent in the digital world of the fourth industrial revolution.

It is an introduction to the subject of digital risk management for those from all disciplines directly or indirectly related to professional risk management.

For existing IRM members, it is also suitable as a supplementary qualification for continuing professional development.

Can students currently enrolled on another IRM qualification enrol onto this Certificate at the same time?

There are no restrictions on current students enrolled on the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management, International Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management, or the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management from enrolling onto this qualification at the same time.

Students wishing to do this will need to consider the amount of time they have available, and whether their schedules will allow them to undertake an additional qualification which requires approximately 200 hours of study.

How much does it cost?

The fees below are applicable from 1 April 2019.

Standard rate £1,195   $1,695*
Member rate £1,095   $1,495* 
Low GDP rate £995   $1,395*

View the list of low GDP countries

*Payment only by BACS/Bank transfer for USD rate.

View full fees and enrolment information »

How do I pay?

  • BACS/bank transfer
  • Debit/credit card
  • Invoice - payment must be made within 14 days of the invoice date and received no later than the closing date for enrolment

How many attempts and how long do I have to complete the qualification?

You have 3 attempts over 2 years to complete the qualification.

How is learning delivered?

Through supported distance learning.

What happens when I complete the qualification?

Digital risk students who are also qualified members e.g. IRMCert, CMIRM etc. would continue with their qualified member grade.

Those who don’t have a designation would have to convert to affiliate membership or be lapsed.

What is the average study time?

An indicative study time for the qualification is between 180 and 200 hours. Students should consider the time commitment for study before enrolling.

How long does it take to complete?

Students enrolled on the Certificate can complete the qualification within 6- 9 months. 

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

Group enrolments

Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more employees enrolling for the same session from the same organisation. For further details please contact our Business Development Manager - Joanna Kraska.

 +44 (0)20 7709 4117

June 2020 session course fees

Standard rate £1,195.00 $ 1,695*
Member rate £1,095.00 $1,495*

Low GDP rate
View the list of low GDP countries

To qualify for the Low GDP Rate, you must meet all of the following:

  • Living in the low GDP country
  • Working in the low GDP country
  • Having your learning materials delivered to the low GDP country
  • Sitting your exams in the low GDP country
£   995.00 $ 1,395*
Click here to view group discount information    

*Payment only by BACS/Bank transfer for USD rate. 


Payment methods

Full details of payment methods can be found on the enrolment form. Payment can be made using the following methods

  • BACS / Bank transfer
  • Debit / Credit card
  • Invoice -  payment must be made within 14 days of the invoice date and received no later than the closing date for enrolment.  


To get in touch or for more information contact us:

 +44 (0)20 7709 4125