The EPO is moving forwards with an online e-EQE.  In 2022 and 2023, there are likely to be technical improvements to the current platform and relatively minor changes to the papers to better suit a digital examination.  However, the digitalisation of the EQE is being used as the catalyst for a much more ambitious project and the EQE will change significantly in the future.

As set out in the attached paper, the aim is to update the EQE to a new model which better tests the “fit-to-practise” criterion and makes the examination more effective for both students and the profession.  The key changes are to move to a more modular system with each module lasting at most two hours.  It is hoped that the new model can be in place from 2024.

Please note that this is a general concept at this stage and there are likely to be further refinements and changes. By preparing this paper, the Digitalisation Support Group (DSG) and the PEC EQE subcommittee have prepared a tangible option for an EQE that is suitable for online examination, whilst maintaining a high quality.

This discussion paper will be discussed in the e:EQE Working Group and at the epi Council e-meeting on 8 May 2021.

Click here to download the paper.