Available exams: All examinations are available to sit using online proctoring apart from AD2 (Subsidence)

We know that sitting an exam at home is likely to be a new experience for many of our members and so we have collated our top tips to help you enjoy a stress free exam experience at home.  The following information assumes that you have already purchased an exam voucher and are preparing to sit an exam. If you want to know how to begin your CILA qualification journey please visit the Getting Qualified section of the CILA website.


Online Proctoring

1.            Read all the detailed information about the OnVUE service – it explains everything!

Pearson Vue have produced comprehensive guidance on their OnVUE online proctoring service including system requirements, policies and procedures and test-taker FAQs. There is also an OnVUE online help chat line which you can access before, during or after an exam.

Pearson Vue OnVUE online proctoring service guidance

2.            Run a system test on your computer before you schedule an exam

There are strict requirements regarding the computer and network that you will use to sit your exam and so it is essential that you check your computer system will be acceptable before scheduling your exam. System requirements include the type of computer, operating system, firewall, internet browser and connection, display, webcam, sound, microphone and browser settings. We recommend that you use a personal computer rather than a work computer as a company firewall may prevent use of the exam software.

You can run a system test through the Pearson Vue website at the link above.

3.            Select an “home or office” exam sitting

Scheduling the date and time of your exam is easy. Simply login to your Pearson Vue account and select the “take my exam from home or office” option when scheduling your exam. There are no additional costs in choosing to sit an exam at home.

4.            Ensure that your photographic ID is valid before the day of the exam

There is a check-in process on the day of your exam (within 30 minutes of the start) and as part of this you are required to present photographic identification, for example, a passport or driving licence. It is essential that the name on this identification matches the name your CILA membership record. 

5.            Prepare your exam room and desk space

There are requirements about the type of room you use to sit your exam and what is on your desk space. Certain personal items and materials are forbidden and so it important that you familiarise yourself with all of these requirements. During the exam check in process you will be asked to take photographs of your exam room and desk space and these will be checked by your exam proctor. If your exam room and desk space do not pass, your exam will not proceed.

6.            Brief those who share your home

No one else is permitted in the room with you whilst you are sitting an exam. If another person enters the room during your exam, your exam will be terminated. Make sure that your family, housemates (and pets) know not to disturb you.

7.            Prepare yourself

Breaks are not allowed during the exam for any reason. If you leave your computer during your exam the proctor will end your session and you will be unable to continue. Water in a clear glass is allowed but eating, smoking, and chewing gum are prohibited.

Be aware that the proctor will continuously monitor you by video and audio while you take your exam and you will be consenting to audio and video recording of your face, voice, the physical room where you are seated, and the location during exam delivery.