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Access arrangements

For on-screen written exams by remote invigilation, the CII is committed to creating and maintaining conditions that allow candidates to maximise their potential to the best of their abilities.

Regardless of age, disability, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or transgender, CII give access to its education assessment provision to allow candidates to maximise their potential to the best of their abilities.

The CII acts at all times to ensure that no unfair barriers apply to those seeking to gain the qualifications it offers. The CII is committed to giving all candidates an equal opportunity of achieving its qualifications in line with current applicable directives.

The CII carries its equal opportunities policy through to cover all the assessments it administers. Provisions are made for candidates who have different educational requirements or disabilities including, but not restricted to those who are dyslexic, blind, partially sighted or those with dexterity impediments.

Reasonable adjustments

If you have a disability or a condition which you believe may require an adjustment to be made to the assessment process, please apply in writing to ukcentreadministration@cii.co.uk  enclosing evidence from a doctor demonstrating appropriate specialist qualifications or a professional, such as a Chartered Educational or Occupational Psychologist, an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association or specialist trained teacher holding Approved Teacher Status accredited by the BDA, confirming your condition and explaining how your performance could be affected and what steps can be taken to ensure you can perform to your full potential. Applications without verifiable evidence, such as an appropriate diagnostic report, will not be considered.

Examples of ways in which we can assist candidates who apply to us in advance are shown below:

  • Dyslexia – extra time
  • Vision impairment – extra time
  • Arthritis – extra time for rest/stretch breaks 
  • Diabetes – extra time to check blood sugar levels, eat or take required medication

While the CII will take all reasonable steps to meet the request, it may not be possible to do so if there is insufficient time to make the arrangements.

Special consideration

If at the time of the examination, a candidate considers there are circumstances that need to be taken into account in assessing their performance, they must apply for special consideration to ukcentreadministration@cii.co.uk within five working days of the examination. The grounds acceptable for special consideration include:

  • An illness or a special need at the time of the examination (e.g. vomiting or fainting)

A candidate who is unwell before attending the exam may wish to consider postponing or cancelling their exam entry. 

It is expected that candidates will have made use of all available support services (i.e. where a special need is known about prior to the examination) before making a request for special consideration.

Please note that the CII does not provide aegrotats (which are awards made to candidates who are unable, through temporary illness, injury or indisposition, to complete all of the usual assessment requirements).