IPSAS Online FAQ
Will I receive a CPE certificate?
If you pass the final exam within one year of enrolling on the course, with a minimum score of 70%, you will be issued with a Certificate of Course Completion. Our online instructor-led courses and self-study modules generally meet the requirements for professional education training credits (PD, CPD, CPE) from institutes around the world. If in any doubt, please check with your profession institution.
How long will I have access to the course / module for?
You will have access to the final exam in your module(s) for 1 year from the date of registration. After the one-year cut-off time, you won’t be able to take the exam and receive a certificate, but you will continue to have full access to the rest of the course / module, which includes lessons, case studies and practice quiz questions. You will not have access to subsequent updates made to later versions of the course. We reserve the right to close a course if it has not been accessed for over a year.
Is there a deadline to complete the course / module?
In order to receive a Certificate of Course Completion, you will need to pass the final exam within one year of enrolling on your module(s).
How long does a self-study module take to complete?
It depends on the topic, but most modules will take about 1 or 3 hours to complete. This doesn't need to be in one session – you can access your module and restart where you left off at any time.
How long does the IPSAS Essentials instructor-led course take to complete?
The IPSAS Essentials course consists of 10 modules. On average, most modules are expected to take between 1 and 3 hours to complete, although it is natural that some will take longer than others. So, completing the entire course will require 30 hours of work. We suggest that you attempt to complete two modules per week to finish the course in 5 weeks. Note that although you have a year to complete your course, support from an instructor is only available during the first 5 weeks while the weekly webinars are running.
I would like to enrol on a self-study module. How soon after payment of the course fee can I start studying?
Learners on self-study modules will receive an email with their login instructions within 48 hours of payment of the course fee.
I would like to enrol on the next IPSAS Essentials instructor-led course which is due to start next month. However, I can’t start the course on the first week due to work commitments. Can I join one week late or do I need to wait for the following course to start?
We can offer you a couple of options in this scenario. You could start this course 1 week late and catch up with the rest of the course participants as the course progresses. Please bear in mind that we won’t be able to extend the instructor support for you, so you will only have 4 weeks left to interact with your tutor. Alternatively, you could enrol on the subsequent course and if you’re keen to get started we can give you early access to the course materials. This means you’ll have a head-start when the course officially starts and you won’t miss out on any of the weekly webinars and instructor support.
Can you tell me more about the final exam on my self-study module? How many attempts will I have?
In order to receive a Certificate of Course Completion at the end of your course / module, you will need to pass a final quiz with a minimum score of 70%. One re-take is permitted if you don't achieve the pass mark the first time. Each module also has a practice quiz which you can take as many times as you like to prepare you for the final quiz.
Will I need to take any exams on the instructor-led IPSAS Essentials course?
This course consists of 10 modules. At the end of each module, you need to pass the final quiz with a minimum score of 70% to get a Certificate of Course Completion for that module. At the end of the course, you will have collected ten certificates demonstrating your expertise in each of the topics covered by the course.
I’m enrolled on a self-study module but, due to work commitments, I may not be able to pass the final exam before the one-year cut off date. Can I get an extension?
Regrettably, this is not possible. The final exam will become unavailable after 1 year of enrolling on the course / module. You will need to re-register to be able to take the exam and obtain a certificate.
I’m worried that I won’t be able to finish the IPSAS Essentials instructor-led course within the designated 5 weeks. Can you give me an extension if I need it?
You will get the most from the course if you keep up with the pace and complete all ten modules that make up the course in five weeks. However, we do recognise it's sometimes difficult to meet deadlines: you may be busy at work, have family commitments, or the time needed is simply greater than estimated. Once the five-week period with the instructor and weekly webinars has passed, you will continue to have access to the 10 modules to enable you to complete them at your own pace. You will have up to a year, if necessary, to pass the exams on each module and gain your certificates.
I’m enrolled on the instructor-led IPSAS Essentials course. What contact will I have with the instructor?
Participants on our IPSAS Essentials instructor-led course can attend our complementary weekly webinars for the duration of the course (5 weeks). These webinars are intended to give you a chance to ask questions from your instructor and discuss any concerns you may have. You can also use the “Ask the instructor” discussion forum on your course to contact your tutor who will aim to respond to your question within 2 working days. The discussion forum and webinars also provide opportunities to meet your class-mates virtually and to discuss topics with them.
I have registered on a self-study module. Will I be able to contact an instructor / subject matter expert if I have a question relating to the content?
Self-study courses are designed to be taken without any support from a subject matter expert. However, in addition to being provided with access to the course materials, you will also automatically become a member of the IASeminars IPSAS Community Group. We encourage you to post any questions you may have in the IPSAS Group’s discussion forum in case other group members (which also includes an IASeminars instructor) can help you.
What are the system requirements?
Our courses are designed to work well on any device, so you can study using your PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Can I study offline? I don’t have good internet access.
We have designed our courses to work well even in situations when you have limited internet access. We have achieved this by not including videos, audio, large documents, etc which would normally demand a lot of bandwidth. If you need to study offline, you can download the eNotes in PDF or ePub format*. These notes contain all the text from the lessons but do not include the interactive questions. You can also download the Moodle Mobile App so that even when you are away from a network connection you can carry on learning through the interactive lessons.
*ePub is an e-book file format with the extension .epub that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers.
Is it compulsory to attend webinars on instructor-led courses?
No, it isn’t. These webinars are complementary and are aimed to give you an opportunity to raise any concerns / questions you may have. Of course you may also ask questions via the discussion forum.
Can you tell me more about the webinars?
Typically, the instructor will start the virtual meeting by talking about a pre-arranged topic for 20 minutes or so. This is then followed by a question and answer session, allowing you to make the most of guidance from a subject matter expert. Attendance on these virtual meetings is not compulsory. To engage with your instructor during the question and answer session your device must have a speaker and microphone.
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