Foundation Examination Syllabus and Regulations [UK and Overseas]

 Examination Regulations

 Effective for Examination May 2019

  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 and Overseas.

  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 Examination. Examination candidates must be fully paid-up members of the Institute.

  3. Application forms for Student Membership may be obtained from the IHRIM Office. Applicants will normally have had 12 month's experience of Health Records practice or work in a related field for a period of 12 months.

  4. The Examination will normally be held on the fourth Monday of May each year.

  5. The Examination will be held in designated centres throughout the UK and Overseas. Every effort will be made to ensure the candidate attends an Examination Centre close to his/her home.

  6. The Examination will consist of one paper :
    1. Operational Health Records 2 ½ hour paper

  7. The pass mark for the paper is 60% but in order to achieve a Distinction the paper must be passed at the first attempt at 80%.

  8. 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.

  9. Any candidate whose registration form is not acknowledged within ten working days of posting should advise the IHRIM Office immediately.

  10. 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 an administration charge of £25.00 +VAT 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.

  11. Any amendments to the syllabus will be published 12 months before the Examination date.

  12. The Examination paper will only be set on the current syllabus bearing the same date as these regulations.

  13. 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.

  14. Candidates can expect to receive their percentage mark.  The Newsletter will only show a pass notification.   

  15. 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.

  16. The Examination Appeals Procedure is available from the Director of Education of IHRIM.

  17. 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.

  18. Successful candidates who pass the Examination will be awarded the appropriate Certificate and adopt the title 'Health Records Practitioner'.

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