1. All 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.
2. The 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. For Associate, Fellow 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.
7. Candidates for Fellowship must already hold the Associate 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.
8. 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.
9. Only one certificate or diploma examination may be taken at one session.