BASIS is now able to offer its certificate candidates online training and examination. This means they can proceed to join the Professional Register, despite this year’s pandemic restrictions, while ensuring its standards are maintained.

The organisation has worked with the HSE Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) and accreditation partner Harper Adams University to make a number of its examinations fully digital. The written exams are completed using online exam and invigilation software, followed by viva examinations via video call technology. BASIS exams and training manager Sue Mason says new invigilation software, QMark, enables examinations to be held under stringent conditions – like the traditional exam format without the need to meet face-to-face or in groups.

“We know a number of candidates have either completed their training, or were near finishing earlier in the year, so this gives everyone the opportunity to finalise training and undertake the exams to gain the qualification,” she explains. “The online exams will mirror the format of a formal written test. We’ve worked closely with Harper Adams to ensure the software is quality assured so we’re delivering exams in the same conditions.”

Where BASIS candidates may have halted their training mid-course due to the lockdown restrictions, BASIS can still offer this online alternative – the new exam format will take place once the course has been completed.

“This online offering means that important training and certification can still go ahead, despite the current restrictions, to maintain industry standards and customer or employer expectations,” adds BASIS chief executive Stephen Jacob. “We want to ensure that all those looking to complete exams and become accredited members of the Professional Register in 2020 can do so. The process hasn’t altered – we’ve just gone digital.”

Mr Jacob advises those looking to take their exams to speak to their BASIS approved trainer to discuss the next steps.