Rules, Regulations & Policies

Students registered for an examination in the CIP Program are required to be aware of and adhere to related regulations. Learn more about our rules and regulations, rewrites, transfers and withdrawals, absence and deferral policies, students with disabilities and important topics.

Examination Rules and Regulations

Examinations are conducted for students who have received instruction through in-class programs, distance learning, virtual learning, or continued tuition prior to the examination date.  The Institute’s examinations are held in April, July and December each year for all students in the CIP Program and must be written during the semester in which the student receives instruction.  Learn more about the Examination Rules and Regulations.

Prior to the start of the examination, candidates shall place government authorized photo identification (driver’s license, health card, passport) at the top of their table for identity verification, unless directed otherwise. Candidates will not be permitted to take their exam if they do not have valid government authorized photo identification.Computer-based examination (CBE) candidates without valid government authorized photo identification will be required to reschedule their exam to another date and time, if space permits.  A rescheduling fee of $50.00 plus GST or HST will apply.


Examination rewrites are available to students who received results within the appropriate grade categories.  Students will be allowed to rewrite the examination on one occasion and must be registered by the deadline date.  Rewrite results will be based on the final examination only. See Rewrites for more information.

Withdrawals and Transfers

In-class and distance learning students wishing to withdraw from the examination must have their withdrawal notice delivered to the Institute prior to the entry deadline for the appropriate examination.  They will receive a refund of their fees less an administration charge of $50 plus GST or HST per student. Distance learning students have the option to transfer into the next distance learning session at any point prior to the transfer deadline indicated in each session, at no charge.  Learn more about Transfers and Withdrawals.

Absence and Deferrals

Examinations must be written at the session immediately following completion of the tuition semester.  Absence from a scheduled exam does not entitle a student to write the examination at another date.  Students wanting to defer an examination must submit their request in writing in advance, along with supporting documentation, to the Registrar. See Absence and Deferrals for more information.


Students enrolled in the CIP Program have the opportunity to apply for credits and may be exempted from taking specific CIP courses upon completion of certain programs. Credits granted will be recognized as transfer credits only and will not be assigned a grade. Learn more about our Credits/Exemptions. 

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