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Putting professionalism into practice

The Advanced Diploma in Insurance is a professional qualification providing an enhanced understanding of insurance practice, both technical subject matter and overall application skills. A comprehensive assessment of market knowledge and understanding. In becoming Advanced Diploma qualified you join the community of proven insurance professionals. It is evidence of your purpose, commitment and ability.

Read the Advanced Diploma in Insurance specification

Who it's for?

  • Today's insurance managers and technical specialists;
  • Staff with aspirations to become managers in the future;
  • Those employees who wish to demonstrate their professional standing;
  • Insurance employees without another professional qualification and those who wish to build upon existing general academic qualifications, such as a degree, by obtaining an industry-specific qualification.

Completion requirements

To complete the Advanced Diploma you must obtain a minimum of 290 CII credits, with at least 205 CII credits at Diploma level or above, including at least 150 CII credits at Advanced Diploma level.

Members are also entitled to use the designation ACII, subject to membership and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

From the Advanced Diploma you can apply for Chartered status (subject to having five years' experience, not necessarily post-qualification), with the CII's four Chartered insurance titles reflecting your career specialism:

  • Chartered Insurer;
  • Chartered Insurance Broker;
  • Chartered Insurance Practitioner; and
  • Chartered Insurance Risk Manager

Chartered status cements your professional standing and gives you parity with other professionals such as accountants and solicitors. The CII also offers corporate Chartered status to qualifying firms of insurance brokers, further enhancing the visible professionalism of the broker sector. 

If after completing the Advanced Diploma you wish to continue with formal professional development you could study for Fellowship of the CII.

This exclusive qualification held by fewer than 6,000 working insurance practitioners is the CII's highest level of qualification and attainment is globally recognised as an indicator of expertise and experience.

Before embarking study, check to see whether any of your previous academic qualifications or credits from other professional bodies and institutes can be carried towards completion of the Diploma. Find out more about recognition of prior learning »

Learning Support

A range of study materials are available, including: study texts, revision aids, ebooks and key fact booklets. For full unit availability, click the unit links to the right of this page.

Introduction

CII qualifications involve the completion of one or more units, each covering an individually assessed topic. Assessment methods vary and depend on a unit's level and subject matter.


Assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice exams - the assessment method for Award, Certificate, and Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning units R01-R05 assessed in the UK. Exams are delivered on-screen at a network of over 40 public centres across the UK. Sittings are available year-round, often on a weekly basis.
  • Written exams - the assessment method for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma units and all units examined outside the UK. Sittings are typically available twice-yearly in April and October at over 50 public centres throughout the UK and over 120 public centres outside the UK.
  • Coursework assessment - available for a select number of Advanced Diploma in Insurance units, Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning unit (AF6) Senior management and supervision and financial services unit (J09) Paraplanning, coursework assessment involves the completion of three written assignments during a 12 month period.
  • Mixed assessment - available for a number of Diploma in Insurance units and all Diploma in Insurance units by April 2018 (unit codes begin with the letter M). This involves the successful completion of both a coursework assignment and a multiple-choice exam. This has an 18 month enrolment period.
  • Dissertation assessment - available for Advanced Diploma units (991) London market insurance specialisation and (994) Insurance market specialisation. This involves the submission of a dissertation proposal and an 11,000 word dissertation. This has an 18 month enrolment period. 

Find out more

It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions which are shown on the CII website under the relevant units. In addition candidates should familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies (before the assessment) and notes to results (after the assessment).

Key facts

The essential facts to know about completing the Advanced Diploma.

What does this qualification involve?

The Advanced Diploma requires candidates to achieve a minimum of at least 205 credits at Diploma level or above and at least 150 at Advanced Diploma from across the CII insurance qualifications framework, providing a minimum total of 290 credits upon successful completion.

Candidates are required to take the following compulsory units:

  • (M92) Insurance business and finance (25 credits) or (530) Economics and business (30 credits); and
  • (M05) Insurance law (25 credits); and
  • One of (820) Advanced claims (30 credits) or (930) Advanced Insurance broking (30 credits); or (960) Advanced underwriting (30 credits)

There is no prescribed order in which units must be taken, but it is strongly recommended that you sit the required compulsory unit(s) first as these provide foundation knowledge upon which the others build.

For unit syllabuses, return to the Advanced Diploma in Insurance page, and click on the ‘Syllabuses’ link to the right of the page.

Overview of Advanced Diploma-level units:

Unit

Assessment format

Study hours

Credits awarded

 

 

 

 

(530) Economics and business

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(590) Principles of Takaful

·         3 hour exam comprising eight compulsory short answer questions, one case study question and three essay questions from a choice of five.

·         55% nominal pass mark

120

30

(820) Advanced claims

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(930) Advanced insurance broking

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(945) Marketing insurance products and services

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(960) Advanced underwriting

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(990) Insurance corporate management

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(991) London market insurance specialisation

·         1 10,000 – 11,000 word assignment

·         50% nominal pass mark

180

50

(992) Risk management in insurance

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(993) Advances in strategic risk management in insurance

·         3 coursework assignments up to 4,000 words

150

50

(994) Insurance market specialisation

·         1 10,000 – 11,000 word assignment

·         50% nominal pass mark

180

50

(995) Strategic underwriting

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(996) Strategic claims management

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(997) Advanced risk financing and transfer

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

Coursework assessment involves the submission of three written assignments, all of which must be successfully completed to achieve a pass. 'Successful completion' is where you obtain a minimum of 50% of the available marks for each of the three assignments. There is no exam element with this course.

There is no tutor support with this option - assignments will be reviewed by a marker equivalent to an examiner, providing feedback in accordance with feedback you would receive following an exam.

Upon successful completion, a pass in the unit will be added to your CII exam record together with 30 Advanced Diploma level credits.

Coursework assessments involve the application of knowledge to work-related questions. They require you to explore issues in the workplace relevant to the unit for which you have enrolled. The aim is that you should thereafter be able to apply this learning in the workplace.

To be eligible to pass the unit, all three assignments must be completed and submitted within the twelve month enrolment period. Mid-term submission deadlines also apply to your submission of assignments one and two - please download and carefully read the guidance document to the right of this page.

Should you fail to complete and pass all three assignments within the 12 month enrolment period, your exam record will be updated with either a 'Fail' or 'Timed out' for this unit, and we will contact you to discuss further options for completing your studies.

Find out more about assessment methods, including exam policies and centres »

Units treated as equivalent

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn CII units will result in only one award of credits. 

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules. Clarification should always be sought from CII Customer Service.

Find out more about credit awards for equivalent units »

Completion pathways

By sitting certain combinations of units, you can acquire other qualifications on the way to completing the Advanced Diploma.

Award in London Market Insurance

A specialist qualification for those working in or with the London market, the Award in London Market Insurance comprises two units (LM1) London market insurance essentials and (LM2) London market insurance principles and practices.

Together the two units provide a broad understanding of insurance process and practice across the London market as well as detailed understanding of technical topics.

Certificate in London Market Insurance Specialisation

This advanced level qualification has been developed for London market specialists, in partnership with the Lloyd's Market association (LMA). Candidates can achieve this qualification by completing one Advanced Diploma lavel unit (991) London market insurance specialisation. The unit is completed through successful completion of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic relevant to the London insurance market.

Note: Entry onto the London market dissertation is limited to approximately 20 candidates per year. This is because of the amount of work involved in assessing and accepting proposals and in marking and moderating completed dissertations, all of which are undertaken by experienced London market practitioners.

Certificate in Contract Wording

Contract certainty is a major issue facing the insurance industry, especially within Lloyd's and the London market.  The regulator requires the provision of clear, comprehensive and fully-agreed policy wordings before inception to all policyholders.

To help individuals and organisations meet this requirement, the CII has developed the Certificate in Contract Wording. It is designed to enhance knowledge of the practical application of wordings and the issues associated with them.

To acquire the Certificate, you must study and pass two units from the Diploma in Insurance: (P05) Insurance law (or already hold one of the withdrawn legal units P03 or 520) and (P21) Commercial insurance contract wording.

Candidates meeting the completion requirements will automatically be awarded the Certificate in Contract Wording.

Certificates and Diplomas in Life and Disability Underwriting and Claims

The CII and the Assurance Medical and Underwriting Society (AMS) jointly developed the following qualifications, which are awarded by AMUS:

Certificate in Life and Disability Underwriting and Certificate in Life and Disability Claims - awarded to those that complete the Certificate in Insurance including either the unit (P61) Life, critical illness and disability underwriting, or (P62) Life, critical illness and disability claims respectively. The AMUS also require a written work reference from your company's chief underwriter.

Diploma in Life and Disability Underwriting and Diploma in Life and Disability Claims - awarded to those completing the Diplom ain Insurance including units (P05) Insurance law, (P63) Long term insurance business and either (P61) Life, critical illness and disability underwriting, or (P62) Life, critical illness and disability claims respectively. The AMUS also require a written work reference from your company's chief underwriter and evidence of continuing professional development (CPD).

Application for these qualifications is made directly through AMUS. For information, contact +44 (0)20 7636 6308, email amus@btconnect.com, or write to them at Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB.

CII/IATA Diploma learning route

The CII and IATA (the international trade body which represents some 240 airlines) have developed a dedicated learning route for staff working in the air transport sector whose responsibilities include any aspect of insurance.

By completing the Diploma in Insurance via a specified route, plus the IATA air transport 'Procurement and contracts management' module, successful candidates will be awarded the CII Diploma in Insurance along with recognition from IATA.

About (590) Principles of Takaful

Islamic (or Shariah) finance is a rapidly growing market both internationally and in the UK. Insurance products are a key element of this growth. And while the origins of Islamic insurance (Takaful) date back many centuries, it can justifiably be described as the world's youngest and most dynamic insurance market.

Islamic insurance is experiencing growth rates well ahead of other, non-Shariah forms of insurance. Increasingly, this growth is outside traditional markets, with non-Islamic clients welcoming the benefits this form of finance provides. Rapid growth means insurance organisations and, particularly, staff involved with Takaful must ensure their skills, knowledge and understanding are current and appropriate. 

What does the unit cover?

(590) Principles of Takaful helps develop the knowledge and understanding needed to operate successfully in this market. The unit syllabus covers the:

  • Nature and principles of Islamic insurance
  • Shariah framework of Islamic insurance
  • Operational framework and structure of Islamic insurance markets
  • Ways in which the ethical considerations of Takaful are applied and practised.

Who is the unit for?

The Principles of Takaful unit is appropriate for a wide range of individuals, from those new to the unit to those wishing to improve their existing knowledge of Takaful:

  • Candidates en route to completing a higher qualification with the CII who wish to use this unit to develop a learning pathway relevant to their job role.
  • Those new to Takaful or preparing to start a career and wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding.
  • Practitioners already working in Takaful who are seeking to improve their knowledge and demonstrate their professional standing.
  • Practitioners already working in conventional insurance and wishing to improve their understanding of Takaful.
  • Those working in regulation and supervision who are seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding of Takaful.
  • Practitioners working in a compliance role in Takaful companies and needing to develop their knowledge and understanding of Takaful operations.

Important deadlines

Important deadlines for the Advanced Diploma in Insurance qualification

Important deadlines - 2017

 

Apr 2017 exams

Oct 2017 exams

Last date for continuous assessment assignments to be with tutors UK & International 10 Mar 17 15 Sep 17
Closing date for your exam entry and payment to reach the CII at normal fee (changes to exam entries, etc. not accepted after these dates) UK & International 22 Feb 17 30 Aug 17
At late entry fee UK & International 17 Mar 17 22 Sep 17
Exam entry confirmation* Dispatched within seven working days from receipt of application
Receive your exam admission permit* Dispatched ten days before exams begin or six weeks for non-UK applicants
Exam sittings UK & International 03-05 Apr 17 09-11 Oct 17
Exam results released online** at www.cii.co.uk/results and posted to candidates.
Results are sent by 1st class post on the dates shown.
Please allow five days for delivery to a non-UK address.
UK exam centres
(Diploma/Advanced Diploma units except 590)
02 Jun 17 08 Dec 17
UK exam centres - unit 590 09 Jun 17 15 Dec 17
International exam centres (Diploma/Advanced Diploma units) 09 Jun 17 15 Dec 17
International exam centres
(Certificate units)
12 May 17 17 Nov 17
Entry for the next exam You do not have to wait for your results before entering for an exam in the next session 

 

* Please contact Customer Service if you do not receive these, either by emailing admissionpermitenquiries@cii.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 20 8989 8464. When you receive your admission permit you must read it in full and check whether any change has been made in the date or times of the units for which you have entered and that the units shown on your permit are those that you intend to sit. Please contact Customer Service immediately if there is any discrepancy.

** To access your results online you will need to be logged in to the website using your CII Permanent Identity Number (PIN) and password.

By taking a CII exam you are agreeing to the regulations stated on the exam admission permit as well as those detailed at www.cii.co.uk/exampolicies

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Insurance qualifications framework enhancements

Following the latest review of the CII insurance qualifications framework, a range of enhancements are being introduced that will take effect between now and 2018.

Syllabuses

Economics and business

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing understanding of the economic and business environment and its application to insurance. This unit would be of benefit to aspiring managers who wish to gain a greater understanding of the economic and business context in which they function.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or P92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.

Principles of Takaful

Objective

To develop in the candidate:

  • a knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of Islamic Insurance (Takaful) and its application in the global marketplace.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Nature and principles of Islamic insurance;
  • Shariah framework of Islamic insurance;
  • Operational framework of Islamic insurance;
  • Structure of Islamic insurance markets;
  • Constraints and opportunities for Islamic insurance;
  • Way in which ethical considerations of Islamic insurance are applied and practiced.

Advanced claims

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing understanding to ensure that claims services are run in an efficient
customer‑orientated way to satisfy their various stakeholders. This unit would be of benefit to those
that are highly experienced in providing claims services and that are in or aspire to senior claims and
management positions.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus
and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study
of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P85 Claims practice or equivalent
examinations.

Advanced insurance broking

Purpose

To provide knowledge and understanding of the management and operation of insurance broking organisations.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, P05 Insurance law and P81 Insurance broking practice or equivalent examinations.

 

Marketing insurance products and services

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing the understanding of the marketing function and its application to insurance
business. This unit would be of benefit to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the development
and implementation of an effective marketing strategy.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus
and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of
the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Advanced underwriting

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing understanding of the requirements of managing overall risk exposures and
arriving at appropriate pricing to ensure fair outcomes. This unit would be of benefit to those that are highly
experienced in underwriting and that are in or aspire to senior underwriting and management positions.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus
and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge of the provisions
of Financial Services Authority regulation as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P80
Underwriting practice or equivalent examinations.

Insurance corporate management

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to evaluate the following issues and concepts in relation to the management of an insurance organisation: 

  • Capital, capital adequacy and solvency rules, and their impact on insurance enterprises;
  • Management structures and organisational issues;
  • Corporate finance concepts in insurance;
  • Planning and control processes in insurance;
  • Roles of investment management and insurance regulation;
  • Challenges to insurance management.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of insurance organisations, finance and regulations as typically covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or P92 Insurance business & finance or equivalent examinations.

London market insurance specialisation

Objective

To develop in the candidate the ability to conduct rigorous insurance or reinsurance related research that contributes to the body of London Market Industry knowledge

Summary of learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question or problem in an area of interest that would be relevant to the London Insurance Market

2. Apply appropriate research methodology

3. Draft a research proposal

4. Conduct research for the dissertation

5. Write the dissertation

Purpose

To enable managers to understand the management of risk within the context of an insurance organisation.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Purpose

To explore how advances in risk management lead to improved strategic decision making in an insurance context.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Insurance market specialisation

Objective

To develop the ability to conduct rigorous insurance or reinsurance related research that contributes to the insurance industry knowledge.

Summary of learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question or problem in an area of interest that would be relevant to the London Insurance Market

2. Apply appropriate research methodology

3. Draft a research proposal

4. Conduct research for the dissertation

5. Write the dissertation

995 Strategic underwriting

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should understand the strategic context within which an underwriting function is managed.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has a grounding in underwriting gained from study of M80 Underwriting practice or 960 Advanced underwriting, and knowledge of insurance organisations, finance and regulations as typically covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, or M92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.

 

 

996 Strategic claims management

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should gain knowledge and understanding of the strategic direction and strategic leadership of claims function.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has grounding in claims gained from study of M85 Claims  practice or 820 Advanced claims, and knowledge of insurance organisations, finance and regulations as typically covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, or M92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.

 

 

997 Advanced risk financing and transfer

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to understand the role that risk financing and risk transfer play in risk management.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has grounding in insurance gained from study of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and M92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.