Course syllabus and exam information

The qualification structure has been developed to support students to address their own developmental needs and interests. The Certificate comprises two modules that are designed to be studied together. Learning in module 1 explores the process of effective risk management implementation, while module 2 examines the role of risk in achieving organisational resilience and sustainability. 

Module One: Principles of risk and risk management

Assessment: 1x MCQ Exam | 1x Module 1 Essay Assignment

This module provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of risk and risk management and its development through Enterprise Risk Management using international best practices. Learn why risk management principles and frameworks are the foundation of effective risk management implementation.

Key topics include:

  • Key concepts in risk management
  • Strategic planning for enterprise risk management
  • Context, objectives, and risk assessment
  • Managing, monitoring and reporting risks
  • Risk culture and appetite
  • Corporate governance and risk assurance

Module Two: Practice of risk management

Assessment: 2x Module 2 Essay Assignment

This module explores and examines different risk management approaches to embed risk management and assess the core competencies organisations require from risk professionals and individuals. Gain the skills and know-how to implement effective risk management to set and deliver on an organisation’s strategy, taking account of its value chain and core objectives.

Key topics include:

  • Risk management and strategy
  • Organisational sustainability
  • Organisational resilience
  • Approaches to risk management
  • Embedding and maintaining risk management
  • Risk management competencies

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Successful completion of these modules enables you to move on to the subsequent modules of the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management.

What material will I have access to support my studies?

You can study the International Certificate Enterprise Risk Management through self-directed distance learning. Distance learning gives you the flexibility to study at home at your own pace. Our extensive global network of examination centres means you can study and take your multiple-choice examination for module one anywhere in the world. Your assignments can be submitted online through our virtual learning environment.

Students will receive access to:


ERM Online Learning ERM Student Handbook ERM Discussion Forum
Online Learning Student handbook

Discussion forum


ERM Module Coaches ERM Revision Videos ERM Online Resource Center
Module coaches Revision webinars and videos Online resource centre


ERM sample MCQ questions ERM Student Support ERM Student Membership
Sample MCQ exam questions Dedicated student support Student membership


Please note: Core textbooks for this qualification are not included in the course fees and need to be purchased separately.

We also offer a blended learning option for students who prefer a more interactive learning experience. These student-centred workshops will reinforce your understanding of the material and help you develop the practical skills needed to put your learning into practice. 

What assessment information do I need to know?

IRM assessments comprise a multiple-choice (MCQ) exam and two essay assignments.

Examination session Material Activity
June 2023 Assessment timetable Download here >>
December 2022 Examination timetable Download here >>

What are the key dates for the June 2023 assessment sessions?

Date Activity
01 August 2022 Enrolment opens
Sept 2022  Access to the virtual learning environment (Moodle) 
Sept 2023 Access to study materials
31 Dec 2022 Enrolment closes
03 Jan 2023 The official study period starts
19 - 23 June 2023 Principles of Risk & Risk Management (1) - MCQ exam*
30 June 2023 Practice of Risk Management (1) - 1x Module 1 Assignment**
30 June 2023 Practice of Risk Management (2) - 2x Module 2 Assignment**

(*) Students can select their preferred date within the exam week to sit their Module 1 exam at a Pearson Vue Test Centre.
(**) Students must submit their assignments for Module 1 and Module 2 by 30 June 2023. Detailed guidance on assignment submission and assessment is provided in the virtual learning environment.

Where can I take the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management assessments?

MCQ exams are computer-based, and you must take them at Pearson Vue examination centres. Pearson Vue has an extensive test centre network across the world.

You can submit your assignments online through our virtual learning environment.

Are there any exemptions?

If you already hold one of the risk management qualifications on this list you will be exempt from the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management and may apply directly to become a Certificate Member of IRM.

Download a Certificate Membership application form.

Download the Standard Exemptions application form.

You may also be exempt from some of the modules on the International Diploma in Risk Management, should you wish to continue towards a full professional qualification.

How can I make 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 28 February for the June examinations, and by 31 July for the November/December examinations. 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