International Certificate in Enterprise Risk MGMT

The International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management is the ideal qualification for anyone looking for a solid foundation in the theory and practice of effective risk management.

The qualification provides you with an:

Introduction to the principles, concepts and practice of risk and risk management
Understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of risk management within any type of organisation
Understanding of current risk management thinking, standards and regulations across of the world
Entry route to the International Diploma in Risk Management

If you already hold one of the risk management qualifications on this list you will be exempt from the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management and may apply directly to become a Certificate Member of IRM.

Course overview

Principles of risk and risk management

  • An introduction to the principles and concepts of risk and risk management, it explores the history of risk management to help students gain an understanding of current drivers of enterprise risk management, as well as the development and impact of international standards.

Practice of risk management

  • Exploring the impact of the global business environment on risk, it examines issues that are relevant to specific sectors and geographical areas, and the needs and demands of various stakeholder groups, including regulatory authorities.

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Qualification level

Equivalent to degree level.


5-9 months                                                                                                                                                     

Students undertaking the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management qualification must complete the qualification within two years of enrolling as a student. Three attempts are permitted within this timeframe and each attempt will require you to pay a re-sit fee. You will continue to have access to your learning materials After this point, students will be required to re-enrol and pay a further enrolment fee.

An indicative study time for the qualification is between 180 and 200 hours per module.


Self-directed distance learning

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to study at home at your own pace. Our extensive global network of examination centres and our special centre policy means you can study and take your examinations anywhere in the world. 

Blended Learning

We offer a blended learning option for students who prefer a more interactive learning experience. These student-centred workshops will reinforce your understanding of the material and help you develop the practical skills needed to put your learning into practice. 

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Through our in-house training, we work with you to develop and deliver bespoke training courses to meet all your objectives. We develop the course and reference materials which can be delivered on a rolling basis or as a unique event, depending on your requirements.

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Student support

  • eTextbook
  • The Study – online student area
  • Student handbook
  • Study guides
  • Discussion forum
  • Module coaches
  • Risk in the Real World videos
  • Live webinars
  • Specimen and past exam papers
  • Online resource centre
  • Guides and briefings
  • Dedicated student support team

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

IRM's qualifications are delivered and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you have an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent evidence of competence in the English language before beginning your studies.

Exam information

IRM’s examinations are online and computer-based. Module content will be assessed through the use of the learning outcomes. 

Examination Centres

Pearson VUE has an extensive test centre network across the world.

Students will be notified of the date they can book the test centre for the exam after they have enrolled on the qualification and their payment successfully processed.

Special needs and access arrangements

Wherever possible, examination arrangements will take into account any special requirements you have. If you complete an application for special arrangements, we must receive your completed form no later than 28 February for the June examinations, and by 31 July for the November examinations. This is to give us enough time to effectively help you with your requirements. While we aim to meet all requests, we cannot fulfil requirements where applications are received late.

Special arrangements application form

Special needs and access policy 

Standard exemptions

If you already hold one of the risk management qualifications on this list you will be exempt from the International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management and may apply directly to become a Certificate Member of IRM.

You may also be exempt from some of the modules on the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management, should you wish to continue towards full professional qualification.

Non-standard exemptions

If you hold a qualification/award with which we have not already approved, but which you feel covers the syllabus of one or more modules, you might still be able to claim an exemption. You will need to provide evidence that the qualification/award you hold covers a minimum of 80% of the syllabus for the module you are applying for and has been tested to a level equivalent to the International Diploma.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Our Accreditation of Prior Learning Scheme (APL) recognises that people learn and demonstrate knowledge in ways other than through a process of formal study and examination. It allows you to demonstrate that you have met the theoretical requirements of the International Diploma modules through practical work experience or non-certificated training rather than by examination.

You must have a minimum of five years risk management experience to be eligible to apply and you will need to demonstrate your professional competence through the completion of a detailed portfolio of experience.


Successful graduates automatically become Certificate Members (IRMCert).

You will also have met the prerequisite for acceptance on to the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management.

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