Online exams

Online Invigilator (flexible location)

To accommodate our growing student network, CIPFA have partnered with ProctorU to provide online invigilation. Students sit their exams on their computers, and are monitored through their webcam and microphone.

How do I sit an exam online?

Online exams are taken through our examining site, CIPFA Assessment.

Students sit their exams either at home or their place of work, and are invigilated by ProctorU. ProctorU monitors exams through students' webcams and microphones.

CIPFA's examining sites will only work with Google Chrome.

When is my exam?

Exam Dates

Upcoming exam dates can be found towards the end of our exams page.

Exam Times

Online exams are sat in your local time zone. 

Before booking your exam, please ensure that your professional contact information is up to date in MyCIPFA as we use this information to set your time zone.

Students sitting their exams with an online invigilator will also find that they have a two hour window in which to start their exam. We have detailed when you can start your exam below:

Morning (start time window)  09:00 - 11:00
Afternoon (start time window)
 13:00 - 15:00

How are online exams invigilated?

Online exams are invigilated by ProctorU

Students login to our examining site CIPFA Assessment, select the 'Go to LIVE exams' button, and click the ProctorU icon to start their exam.

Students can check whether or not their computers are compatible with our examining sites by visiting CIPFA Assessment and ProctorU's testing pages.

CIPFA's examining sites will only work with Google Chrome.

Is my computer compatible with CIPFA's examining websites?

CIPFA's examining sites work exclusively with Google Chrome.

To see if your computer is compatible with our examining sites, please visit CIPFA Assessment and ProctorU's testing pages.

Where should I sit my exam?

Online exams can be sat either at your home or your workplace. Students should ensure that their exam space is located in a quiet location with a stable internet connection with no chance of interruptions.

What materials can I take into the exam room?

The following items are permitted in the exam room:

  • A PC or laptop (electronic devices should have a working webcam and microphone

  • Pen, pencil or rubber

  • Scientific Calculator (provided it does not connect to the internet).

  • Four sheets of paper. Lined or blank

  • A mirror

  • A drink

  • Smartphones – Smartphones are allowed in the exam room but must be turned off and out of hands reach.

The following items are NOT permitted in the exam room:

  • Smartwatches

  • Notes

  • Food.

What identification will I need to sit the exam?

You will need to present either a valid driver’s license, passport or photographic work identification ahead of your exam.

Are toilet breaks permitted during the exam?

Yes. You will need to inform your invigilator via the chat box that you require a toilet break. You will then be able to exit the exam room once your request has been approved. Once you have returned you will be asked by the invigilator to provide a 360° view of your workspace. Please note that the timer will not be stopped during this time.

What should I do if my internet connection fails during the exam?

Should you encounter any technical difficulties please telephone +44 (0) 207 543 5600.

Our lines are open from Monday - Friday, 08:00 - 18:00 (UK time) during exams week.

What should I do if there in a disturbance during my exam?

Should you encounter a major disturbance during your exam (e.g. a fire alarm), you may leave the exam room. If possible, please notify your invigilator before exiting. Once the disruption is over you may contact the invigilator to restart the exam. Should you encounter a minor disturbance (e.g. a ringing doorbell), please try to ignore this and continue with your exam. In the unlikely event that you are unable to return to the exam space, please contact us at