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Professional exams can now be taken at home


Publication date:

19 February 2019

Last updated:

15 March 2019

We have launched a new initiative to allow professionals to take exams from any location with a secure internet connection; even from the comfort of their own home.

Those studying with the CII will now be able to take exams remotely, saving candidates the time and trouble of travelling to an exam centre. Candidates will be able to sit exams from any location providing they have access to a live camera, microphone, and a quiet and secure environment. With these conditions in place, each candidate will be connected to a live invigilator who, supported by AI-based behaviour analysis technology, will ensure a fair and effective process. 

The service is available across six non-UK units, these are:

Dr Nicola Mellor, Director of Qualifications and Assessments at the CII says:

“Remote invigilation goes a long way towards ensuring that our products are fit for the needs of tomorrow, in keeping with the changing professional and educational needs of our customers. As our customer base continues to grow, remote invigilation makes our qualifications more accessible to a broader range of people.

“We are committed to delivering relevant learning and using technology to support our candidates. Introducing remote invigilation demonstrates our ongoing commitment in these areas.”

We are partnering with ProctorU, an online exam invigilation company which is based in the US, to deliver this new service. ProctorU has over 10 years of experience and can monitor more than 1,000 exams per hour, allowing candidates to sit qualifications remotely all over the world. ProctorU can mitigate many of the potential issues which could arise when exams are taken remotely, including providing support to exam takers, as well as verifying the identity of candidates, and protecting the integrity of the process. 

Remote invigilation exams can be booked via the CII website, and incurs a £25 fee in addition to the Enrolment fee. For more information about remote invigilation, please visit the remote invigilation page.

This document is believed to be accurate but is not intended as a basis of knowledge upon which advice can be given. Neither the author (personal or corporate), the CII group, local institute or Society, or any of the officers or employees of those organisations accept any responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the data or opinions included in this material. Opinions expressed are those of the author or authors and not necessarily those of the CII group, local institutes, or Societies.