Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is an Insolvency Practitioner?

A.  Insolvency work carried out under the Insolvency Act 1986 is regulated – for example, acting as a liquidator or an administrator for a company, acting as a trustee in bankruptcy or acting as a supervisor of a voluntary arrangement. Only an insolvency practitioner can undertake these roles.

Q.  What are the JIEB exams called?

 A   Corporate Insolvency

     Personal Insolvency

Q.   What are the entry requirements?

A Candidates need to apply through one of the Recognised Professional Bodies (RPBs) listed below. Candidates do not need to be a member of the RPBs to do so.



     Insolvency Practitioners association (IPA)


Q   How can I apply to sit the examinations?

A   You can apply to sit the examinations by filing in the application form please see link below. The application form will need to be filled in by hand. Please send the completed application form to your RPB in the first instance, by the application deadline.



Q   How do I apply if I am not a member of the ICAEW

 A.  You will have to fill in a non-member registration form, this can be found on the ICAEW\JIEB website. Please note that If they have the Insolvency Certificate or the CFAB qualification and are not a member of ICAEW, they still have to fill in this form.




Q. Where can I study for the JIEB exams?

 A.  There are many tuition organisations that provide tuition services, below is a list of them (none are approved by JIEB).


     Insolvency Support Services

     Neil Taylor Insolvency


Efficient Insolvency Ltd


Q.  Where can I obtain Learning Materials


A.  The JIEB do not produce any learning materials. These are normally supplied as part of the a tuition package. The JIEB publishes a syllabus (link) that sets out the areas that are covered in the exams


Q.  What are the permitted materials that are allowed in the Examination room

A   You can only take in the Examination room a clean copy of Butterworths Insolvency 23nd edition, this means with no handwriting inside, only bound copies will be permitted, photocopies or parts of sections of the book will not be allowed.

Q   What is the examination fee?

A   The cost for each exam will be £1,000.

Q   Is there any credit for prior learning

A   There will be no credit for prior learning given for any of the JIEB examinations.

Q.  Exam Centre/Paper Changes

 A.  The same rules as the ACA apply here, please email logistics@icaew.com well before 30 September.


Q. Are there provisions for alternative arrangements

A.  Please email Accessarrangements@icaew.com

Q.  Is there a cancellation deadline

 Please email logistics@icaew.com by 1 September 2021.


Q   What is the Exam Booking deadline

 A   The closing date for Examination applications is Thursday 30 September 2021.


Q   I have missed the Exam booking deadline, can I make a late examination application?

A.  There is no provision for late examination applications.

Q.  What are the Terms and conditions

A.  These can be found in notes to candidates

Q. How do I apply for special considerations

A.    Please email specialconsiderations@icaew.com


Q.  I have failed the exam, can I request a remark?

 A.     The Joint Insolvency Examination Board does not re-mark candidates’ scripts once the results have been issued. If a candidate has good reason to query his/her result it is possible to request an administrative check to be carried out to make sure that the marks have been correctly processed. Candidates are reminded that no such errors have previously been found.

Candidates can either email in to

emarking@icaew.com or

write in to request the administrative check to:

JIEB Administration Team


Metropolitan House

321 Avebury Boulevard

Milton Keynes



Q.    Is there a graduation ceremony and when is it?

 A.  We will now hold the Graduation Ceremony on the afternoon of Friday 27 May 2022, the ceremony will now encompass the 2019, 2020 and the 2021 graduations. 

Q.    Can I get written confirmation of JIEB passes

 A.    Please send in request to studentsupport@icaew.com


Q     I have lost my certificate, can I re-ordering a new one?

 A     Pre 2018 you will be able to ask for a Results Letter. Post 2018 certificates can be ordered from studentsupport@icaew.com

Q.    When is the Exam results release date for the 2021 cohort?

A.    4 March 2022


Q. What is the policy for GDPR compliance re sharing information with invigilators etc

A. The GDPR is all contained within the BTL network. BTL run the JIEB examinations at the examination venues.

Q. Can we take our own keyboard and mouse into the Exam venue?

A. No these are provided by the venues


Q What Formulas will be available on spreadsheet for numbers questions?

A Basic formulas will be on the answer spreadsheet. Please note the answer spreadsheet/wordprocessing is bespoke and not excel.

Q Can we add or delete rows on the spreadsheet?

A. Yes

Q. What will happen if the system crash or suffers delays?

A   The exams are downloaded securely up to 3 days before the exam date so there are no issues with internet connectivity on exam day.


Q.  Will the time show with an on screen clock?

A.  Yes there is a countdown clock, the clock can be altered to count up as well. Students can also hide the clock. 

Q. Will we be able to spell check? How important is grammar and spelling?

A   Incorporated in the new software, is spellcheck. Grammar and spelling is important, in as much as to make it clear to the examiner what you want to say.

Q  Why can we not have a printed exam paper in the venue?

A   There is no provision at the exam centres to store exam papers securely.


Q  What is the monitor size in the exam?

A   Monitor sizes may vary slightly in each exam centre but the the minimum size specification is a 19 inch screen.