candidates for College examinations must be members in good standing at
the time of application, when the examinations are conducted, and at
the time diplomas and certificates are awarded.
Worship Accompanist and the Service Playing examinations consist of a
Practical section only, which may be taken live at the time of the
annual College examinations, or at other times of the year by a
recording made by the candidate and submitted to the Board of Examiners
for marking. A completed application form must be submitted in advance.
The candidate’s playing must be recorded in a single session under the
supervision of two invigilators, one of whom must be an officer (Centre,
Regional or National) of the College. Recordings must be submitted in
high quality MP3 or WAV format, or on CD, and must be accompanied by a
certification form signed by the invigilators. The necessary forms are
available here, or may be requested from the National Office.
All other examinations must be taken at the annual examination session,
and consist of three sections: Practical, Written, and Ear Tests. Only
candidates who have successfully completed all sections at the same
session are eligible for prizes. Supplementary Ear Tests are offered for
candidates who have passed the Written section of an examination but
not the ear tests. Supplementary Ear Tests may be administered in
January or June of each year.
At the request of the local examination supervisor, candidates for organ
exams may be asked to provide a single legal copy of each selection
they are performing for the examiners.
For Colleague and Choir Training Certificate examinations, all sections
must be taken initially at the same time. When a candidate has passed
either the Practical or Written section but failed the other, credit for
the section passed may be carried forward for a period of four years,
during which time the other section must be passed in order for the
diploma or certificate to be awarded. College membership must be
maintained throughout this period.
For Associateship, Fellowship and Choral Conducting examinations, the
Practical and Written/Ear Test sections need not be taken in the same
session. Credit for one section passed may be carried forward for a
period of four years, during which time the other section must be passed
in order for the diploma to be awarded. College membership must be
maintained throughout this period. To be eligible for a prize, a
candidate must pass all requirements at the same session.
Candidates for Fellowship must already hold the Associateship diploma.
The AAGO and ARCO diplomas are also valid for this purpose; likewise,
the ARCCO diploma is accepted by the American Guild of Organists as a
prerequisite for the FAGO diploma and by the Royal College of Organists
for the FRCO diploma.
All written papers become the property of the RCCO. All marks, once sent
to the candidate, are considered final and no appeals against the
examiners’ decision will be considered. In the rare case of procedural
problems in the conduct of an examination an appeal may be made to the
Board of Examiners.
Only one certificate or diploma examination may be taken at one session.