The BCS PCIRM exam is three hours long and is broken down into three parts. Section A consists of ten multiple-choice questions and is worth a total of 10 marks. Section B consists of six questions, each of which requires a short paragraph or bullet point answers, with each question being worth 5 marks for a total of 30. Section C consists of three essay style questions which are based on a case study or scenario. Each of these questions is worth 20 marks for a total of 60. The pass mark is 65%.
During URM’s course, we will work through example exam questions with you and will provide you with advice and guidance on the best approach to answering individual questions and sitting the exam as a whole.
URM’s PCIRM course is also certified by the Chartered Institute of Information Security, meaning that the Institute has assessed the course materials and the methodologies and has determined that it meets its stated objectives. Furthermore, the Institute has verified that the course meets the claimed competency level against its Skills Framework. URM’s PCIRM training course was also the first information risk management course in the UK to be certified as part of the GCHQ certified training scheme (now branded under the National Cyber Security Centre scheme).
Many organisations can claim various firsts and bests, but URM’s key differentiator is our trainers. We are all practicing information security consultants and see the challenges you face day to day. We have got extensive experience to draw on and are happy to share, in fact, that’s what we really want to do, so whether it is a question you ask in class or want to spend time with us during breaks, lunch or at the end of the day, we really want to help. We also make sure we make the course relevant to you, by using examples taken from our own experiences, whatever your background or sector.
As such, we adopt a facilitative approach. We want to make sure you learn new skills and importantly, grow in confidence to that you can implement them. We encourage discussion throughout the week whether that is within small groups or as part of the wider class.
Yes, we want you to pass the exam and we pride ourselves on our pass rate but most importantly, we want you to enjoy the course and walk away wiser, empowered and ready to put into action what you have learned.