Foundation Exam - England & Wales

This online IRPM Foundation Exam is open to anyone to sit - either an existing IRPM Affiliate or a non-member. There are no 'exam dates' as the exam is online and made available to candidates on payment of the exam fee (see below). Results are given onscreen immediately following the exam and if successful, a pdf certificate is sent to the candidates email address usually within two weeks.

The exam requires candidates to demonstrate a broad overview of property management knowledge including aspects of customer service and personal development. The 100 multiple choice questions are closely aligned to the content of the free (and also available online) Residential Block & Estate Management Open Learning Course (OLC). We consider the IRPM Foundation Exam to be equivalent to Level 2 NVQ.

The IRPM's new Foundation Learning Course will be launched in September. Please visit this page again in September for up to date registration information.

To take the IRPM's online Foundation Exam:

Email the IRPM office at: or telephone us on 020 3319 7575. A payment of £75 to take the exam can be made by phone, BACS, PayPal or cheque. You can then arrange to take the online exam when it suits you - there is no set date. Once the payment has been made you need to email us back the payment receipt to confirm that you want to take the exam and you will then be enrolled onto the exam within 48 hours.

Additional information:

  • 100 multiple choice questions 
  • One hour timed online exam 
  • Pass mark - 70% 
  • Three exam attempts are allowed with two weeks gap between re-takes
  • Access to the OLC and Foundation Exam is available for one year
  • The benefit of an online exam is that you do not need to schedule in the exam with IRPM once you have been enrolled onto it, you can take it when it suits you. 
  • You do not need to visit an IRPM exam venue to sit this exam, you can take this online exam at home or work, week day or weekend

A practice version of the online exam is available in the OLC and we have the same along with other learning resources are available in the resource hub located within the Members Area of the IRPM website - click here to login if you are already an IRPM member of any level or click here if you wish to join.

Other benefits of IRPM membership can be viewed here.


We have developed Scottish examinations at all levels based on the management of heritable property in Scotland. Click here to view the Scotland exams page.