Foundation Exam - England & Wales

This online IRPM Foundation Exam is open to all IRPM Affiliate members. There are no 'exam dates' as the exam is online (at the IRPM Learning Hub) 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 emailed directly to candidates.

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 IRPM Foundation Course (available at the IRPM Learning Hub). We consider the IRPM Foundation Exam to be the equivalent to NVQ Level 2.

To take the IRPM's online Foundation Exam:

You would need to be an Affiliate member of IRPM. All members have access to our e-learning platform Once logged into the Learning Hub you will be able to purchase and enrol onto “The IRPM Foundation Exam” to begin your path to full IRPM qualification.

Course and Exam Fees:

If you usually pay for your own membership subscription and study/exam fees, you can login, purchase and self-enrol onto either the course or the exam. You will then be able to start your studies immediately.

The course fee is £120

Exam cost is £90 

If your employer usually pays your subscription and study/exam fees, you cannot self-enrol and will need to contact your Accounts or HR team to arrange payment through the usual route. You will then be sent an email when you have been enrolled onto the course or exam.

Additional information:

  • 100 multiple choice questions 
  • One-hour timed online exam 
  • Pass mark - 70% 
  • Three exam attempts are allowed with at least a one week's gap between re-takes
  • Access to the Foundation Course is available for one year and the Foundation Exam is available for three months.
  • 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 provided you have a stable internet connection.

A practice version (25 sample questions) of the online exam is available along with other useful learning resources located in the resource hub within the Members Area of the IRPM website - click here to login if you are already an IRPM member. Alternatively 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.