Sit our examinations


We currently offer three levels of examinations  in a modular structure, all of which are well recognised and respected qualifications. The exams are developed to be sequential for those who want to follow a route to a degree-equivalent qualification. Or you can take one exam module at the most appropriate level for your needs.

The three exams are: Ordinary Certificate, Higher Certificate and Graduate Diploma. All are held once a year in May and there are exam centres around the UK and internationally.

Please note that The Royal Statistical Society has decided to withdraw from offering its own professional examinations after the May 2017 session. This decision has been made to allow the Society to focus its resources on setting and maintaining professional standards in statistics and allied disciplines, in the UK and Internationally. Please see our dedicated page on Withdrawal of professional examinations for more information.

Who takes our exams?

There are no minimum entry requirements for our examinations. Our examinees are a wide ranging group. Some are already working in statistics, others are looking for a formal degree-equivalent qualification without having to attend University. Others either have a personal interest in data and statistics or are considering a career change into this area.

Why take these exams?

Continuing professional development is a key motivation for many: these exams can facilitate career progression or change, as well as expand skills and knowledge.

What are the different levels?

Course structure and entry requirements for each of our exams are found on our qualifications page.