Diploma Examination Syllabus and Regulations [UK]

Examination Regulations

Effective for May 2018 Examination

  1. The Examining and Awarding Body is the Institute of Health Records and Information Management and the Examination is open to candidates in the UK.
  2. Only candidates who have been officially accepted by the Institute for Student Membership and who meet all the regulations will be allowed to attempt the Exacmination. Examination candidates must be fully paid-up members of the Institute.
  3. Application forms for the Diploma Examination may be obtained from the IHRIM Office. Applicants will be required to have already gained the Certificate of the Institute [CHRIM] or equivalent experience and qualifications or be entered for the Foundation Degree at UCLAN but exemptions will be granted by the Director of Education under certain circumstances, in consultation with a second member of the Examination Board.
  4. Candidates should ideally be working in Health Records, Information or related field.
  5. The Examination will normally be held on the fourth Monday and Tuesday of May each year.
  6. The Examination will be held in designated centres throughout the UK. Every effort will be made to ensure the candidate attends an Examination Centre close to his/her home.
  7. The Examination will consist of four [4] papers
    Records Management 3 hours
    Information Management 3 hours
    Resources Management 2 ½ hours
    Information Governance 2 hours
    IT Application & Development 2 hours

  8. The pass mark for the papers is shown below but all modules must be passed at the first attempt in order to achieve a distinction for which the total pass mark is 80% of the overall total.

    Records Management 60%
    Information Management 60%
    Resources Management 50%
    IT Application & Development 50%
    Information Governance 50%

  9. Candidates applying to take the Examination MUST lodge with the IHRIM Office a completed Examination registration form, together with payment for the appropriate amount by 15 February each year.
    NB: Late registrations will not be accepted and any completed registration forms received without a cheque will be returned.
  10. Any candidate whose registration form is not acknowledged within ten working days of posting should advise the IHRIM Office immediately.
  11. If a candidate withdraws his/her name before the last day of entry to the Examination the fee will either be returned or carried forward for one year, however a £25.00 +VAT administration fee will apply. If a candidate fails to attend on the day of the Examination the fee will be carried forward for one year providing a medical certificate is submitted to the Associate Director of Education [Administration] within seven days of the date of the Examination. Otherwise fees are non-returnable unless exceptional circumstances exist and then only at the discretion of the Director of Education. The candidate will be responsible for any increase in fees which may occur between the initial payment and the date the Examination is taken.
  12. Any amendments to the syllabus will be published 12 months before the Examination date.
  13. The Examination paper will only be set on the current syllabus bearing the same date as these regulations.
  14. Any representation that a candidate may wish to make regarding the conduct of the Examination must be made in writing to the Associate Director of Education [Administration], using the complaints procedure which is available on the IHRIM Web Site, within seven days of the conclusion of the Examination.
  15. Candidates can expect to receive their results as a percentage mark. The Newsletter will only show a pass notification.
  16. Candidates will be notified of the results of the Examination at the end of July of the year in which the Examination was taken. The names of successful candidates will be published in the Newsletter of the Institute.
  17. The Examination Appeals Procedure is available from the Director of Education of IHRIM.
  18. Candidates who fail to reach the pass standard in this paper may re-sit the paper on any two [2] subsequent occasions but within three years of the first attempt on payment of the appropriate fee and according to the syllabus which is in place at the time of the Examination.
  19. Successful candidates who pass the Examination will receive the appropriate award, adopting the appropriate title of Associate Member and use the designatory letters AHRIM.

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