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IEMA Foundation Certificate Exam

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Multiple Choice Assessment

The IEMA Foundation Certificate is assessed with a 1-hour, open-book online multiple choice assessment. This is completed online on the IEMA assessment portal.

The assessments run on a monthly basis, and you will be given a 28-day window of submission, typically the 1-28th of the month. You will be provided login details directly from IEMA by email, the day before your submission window begins. You can login anytime during this window to complete the test, however this must be completed in one sitting. Results are shown immediately after completion.

Please note: If you are studying in a classroom, virtual course or on-site through your company, you will be registered for the next available assessment window as part of your course, and will be given your deadline date accordingly.

Successful completion also entitles you to Associate Membership of IEMA (AIEMA), and your first year membership is included in the course cost.

You will also receive an IEMA Certificate through the post, and this can take 6-10 weeks to arrive.

IEMA Foundation Certificate Exam Dates

Online Learners:

For delegates studying via Online Learning, there is a set window in which you can sit your IEMA assessment.
The table below shows the upcoming assessment windows and application deadlines for each. You can register to take your assessment as soon as you are ready, 

Once you've decided on your assessment window, you can book this by emailing our team on
IEMA will email you the exam link directly the day before your assessment window begins, as shown in the appropriate column below.  Please note that the link won't be active until the first day of the assessment window.

Assessment Window
Start date to end date
Registration Deadline
01-28 July 202317 June 2023
01-28 August 202315 July 2023
01-28 September 202317 August 2023
01-28 October 202316 September 2023
01-28 November 202316 October 2023
01-28 December 202318 November 2023

Virtual/Classroom Learners:

Your assessment window will be arranged for you, and will take place within the next available window after your course.
This will be confirmed to you and you will be given your deadline date to complete the test accordingly.

To book your IEMA Foundation Certificate assessment, please email our team on

Please note: This applies to online learners only, for virtual and classroom learners, your assessment will be arranged for you as part of your course.

Multiple Choice Assessment Re-sits

If you are unsuccessful in your assessment, don't worry! You will get one further attempt to take your assessment at no additional cost, just email our team on to arrange a re-take.

Please note, any further attempts will be charged.

Course Extensions

Online learners have 6 months access to IEMA Foundation Certificate materials via the Astutis LMS.

Learners may purchase a course extension if they are unable to complete their studies in the 6 months.

This extension must be purchased before the elapse date.

Learning Methods

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