No, the exam is open to everyone.
You can sit the online EPAC exam at any suitable location, e.g. your home or workplace. However, no other person is allowed to be in the room with you.
You can enrol every year.
It takes place once a year, at the end of the year.
No additional resources will be provided.
EPAC training and preparation material will soon be available in the European Patent Academy’s e-learning centre. Sign up for the EPO newsletter and Academy email alerts to stay tuned.
No, you must take the EPAC.
Courses will be available online and free of charge. They will provide access to over 20 PowerPoint presentations and related documents. Almost all the topics defined in the syllabus will be covered.
No, enrolment payments are non-refundable (and cannot be used for subsequent enrolments).
You can enrol for the EPAC exam without following any courses, and you don't have to enrol for the exam to follow the EPO's EPAC course.
How you prepare for the EPAC exam is up to you.
The EPO's Academy provides training materials, and external providers will likely offer EPAC courses in the future.
If a candidate gets less than eight points in the first part of the exam, then the second part is not marked. If, however, after a successful review process, the candidate gets eight points or more for the first part, then the second part will be marked.
No, candidates only receive a payment confirmation.
The EPAC is a certification – it is not valid for a particular period of time. By passing the EPAC you show that on the date of the examination you were able to manage the work of a patent paralegal.
No, the mock exam is only open to candidates who have enrolled for the real exam.
We will be offering virtual sessions for EPAC 2023. We hope to be able to offer virtual sessions for EPAC 2022 from the end of October 2022.