Craft Apprentice Examinations

Craft Apprenticeship Exams:

The Term 3 exams will take place in June. Further information of exact dates and times will be available closer to the time after SOLAS release the examination dates.

Please see the link below for the academic calendar which lists some key dates pertaining to your examinations and course under the craft apprenticeship section of ATU Sligo Student Key Dates.

Academic Calendar

Please note the below for your examinations;

  • Statistical books will be provided where necessary. You will not be allowed to bring your own copy.
  • Please be aware of which group you are in (A,B, C, D, E etc.) as you will be asked to sign in under each group.
  • You must adhere to ATU Sligo exam regulations. Please see the link below for the Exam Regulations as well as other relevant policies.
  • No phones are permitted into any exam.
  • You may not leave your exam during the first hour.
  • Follow instruction from Invigilators at all times.


Exam Regulations and Policies

Key Dates for Term 3 2024 (April – June):

2nd Apr Start Of Term



Week 1 Registration

Complete step by step instructions to complete registration.

For password/log in issues contact  Technical Support – Atlantic Technological University Sligo ( After Induction, attend at the Admissions  or email with registration queries.

Week 1-4 Special Accommodations for examinations

Learning supports such as separate exam venue, a scribe or a reader are available. Register with the learning support department as soon as possible for assessment.


Before an exam/ practical exam Request for a Deferral

This can be submitted any time before an exam.

EXAM040 SOLAS Craft Apprentice Exam Procedures


Week 10/11 Theory Exams


Run over 2 weeks

Approx. 28th Jun Release of SOLAS Exam Results

Exam results are issued by SOLAS via a letter to your registered address if all fees are paid. Fees to be paid on self-service banner. If you are being sponsored by your employer, please request a sponsorship form ( upon commencement of your apprenticeship so that your employer has sufficient time to pay your fees before exam results are released. Results will not be available if fees are not paid in full.

Up to 10 days after release of exams Consultation (Feedback& Recheck of result(s))


EXAM040 SOLAS Craft Apprentice Exam Procedures

Contact ATU internal examiner/lectures for feedback and recheck of results.

As per SOLAS result letter Register for a repeat examination(s) Deadline.


EXAM040 SOLAS Craft Apprentice Exam Procedures



20th September Close of application for Review/Appeal

Consultation complete and have grounds for appeal then complete Review and Appeal form.

EXAM040_001 Application for Apprentice Review OR Appeal of Grade(s) Form

Email: for further info.



Can I avail of a Special Accommodation for my examination?

If you require a special accommodation for your exam such as a separate venue, a scribe or a reader then please contact our learning support department who will assess you. Please note it is your responsibility to register with this office every time you begin a term here.

Please contact the learning support department as soon as possible as we may not be able to cater for your accommodation at short notice.


How do I receive my Examination Results?

Exam results are issued by SOLAS via a letter to your registered address. Please note that the ATU Sligo Examinations Office do not issue any results.

One reason you may not receive your results is due to unpaid fees. If this is the case, you can pay your fee on the self-service banner and email who will then contact SOLAS for release of the results. Please do not send any cash/cheques/postal order to the Examination Office.


How do I apply for a Deferral or Special Consideration?

If you are unable to sit the exam due to illness, bereavement etc. you can apply for a deferral. Please see the below link for the deferral procedure and deferral form.

If your performance during the exam was impacted by recent illness, bereavement etc. you can apply for a special consideration. Please see the link below for the special consideration policy and form.

Please note that if you do not turn up to your exam it is counted as an attempt.

Exam Regulations and Policies

How do I appeal my examination result?

A student may request a recheck and then a review and appeal of their examination results after the results have been issued. You are advised to read the procedure carefully before you apply.

You can apply for an appeal by emailing Please note that the SOLAS exam procedures are listed on the link below.

 EXAM040 SOLAS Craft Apprentice Exam Procedures

For any further information on appeals please contact

While waiting for the outcome of your appeal you must apply to register to repeat your examination. Further information on this is available at the link below.


How do I register to repeat an examination(s)?

If you fail your exam and wish to register to repeat, email with the following:

  • Your Name and Student Number
  • Your apprenticeship craft (Electrical, Carpentry, Toolmaking)
  • The subject you are looking to repeat and what phase you are
  • A picture of your most recent SOLAS results letter

After this you will be emailed confirmation of your registration and an exam fee of 100 euro per examination session will be added to your account. Once the timetable is sent to us by SOLAS, we will email you the examination timetable which is normally two weeks before the examination.

Deadlines for registering to repeat your exam(s) are:

  • 27th October for Term 1 (December) examinations
  • 1st February for Term 2 (March) examinations
  • 5th May for Term 3 (June) examinations

Please note these dates are fixed and we cannot accept any registrations after this date.

How many attempts do I have to sit my exam?

You will have 3 attempts to pass each exam.


If you need any further information then please contact