Welcome to the CIPS Ethics Exam

Attention: If you do not receive the CIPS Ethics Exam registration confirmation email please email cipsexam@cips.ca to complete your registration.

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The CIPS Ethics Exam is for those applying for the CIPS I.S.P. and ITCP Certifications or AITP and Candidate Membership. Learn more at http://www.cips.ca/certification.



As part of its mandate to establish Information Technology (IT) as a profession, CIPS has identified a need for testing knowledge and understanding of ethics in computing and IT. This is particularly important for those applying for CIPS’ ISP and ITCP certifications or AITP and Candidate Membership and the exam needs to successfully be completed by all applicants who have not graduated from a CIPS accredited program.

A common testing methodology has been developed, relevant to all IT professionals regardless of domain or technical specialization or occupation. The result is this online exam. The exam is currently not proctored and is open-book.

The goals of the exam are to:

a) familiarize CIPS certification applicants with the CIPS Code of Ethics Principles and their meaning; and
b) provide some ethical scenarios where the Principles need to be applied, and test applicants on their ability to apply ethical reasoning and to encourage them to think about how they would respond to situations similar to those posed by the exam questions. 

The exam is for experienced and new IT practitioners and builds awareness of the key principles of professionalism and the CIPS Code of Ethics.

Take the CIPS Ethics Exam:

  1. Click "Create new account" (Note: exam account is separate from your CIPS membership login) and fill in the required information (Note: the First Name and Surname fields will appear on your certificate)
  2. Complete the reCAPTCHA (If you are unable to get through, contact cipsexam@cips.ca to get login details), then click the "Create my new account" button
  3. Check your email and click on the Activation/Confirmation link
  4. Go back to the CIPS Ethics site and login with your new userid and password. The Exam is listed on the homepage.
  5. You can also access the course by Clicking Here
  6. Under "Self enrolment" click "Enrol me"

Congratulations, you will now have access to the "CIPS Ethics Exam" course! At the top of the course page you will see a link to "Instructions". Please read this page before proceeding. The "Instructions" page contains vital information about how to take the exam as well as links to helpful ethics documentation.

If you have any issues with your registration please contact us at cipsexam@cips.ca.

All information submitted via the testing environment is only accessible by CIPS and the system administrators.