In the discussion paper it has been proposed to allow the candidates to sit the first paper already after one year of candidacy and to write the final exam after having passed the first moduls which can be after 2 years of candidacy.
The exam shall test "whether a candidate is qualified to practise as a professional representative before the EPO "(Art. 1 REE). Is a two years training sufficient to be fit to practice? In the early years of the European patent system, 4 years were deemed necessary, which has been reduced to 3 years long time ago. But is 2 years the right path? Although it is said that the 3 year period until entry into the list shall be maintained, it can be assumed that candidates that have passed the final exam will immediately ask to be entered on the list because they are certified as being fit to practise and might succeed if they appeal.