There are no entry requirements in order to study for the
Advanced Diploma. However, we would recommend that Advanced Diploma
candidates hold the following qualifications or their
- the Diploma in Insurance or 3 A-levels or equivalent
Aside from the requirements set out below you are free to select
units from across all the CII's insurance qualifications: Award for
the Foundation Insurance Test, Certificate in Insurance, Diploma in
Insurance and Advanced Diploma in Insurance.
This approach provides you with maximum flexibility, enabling you
to choose units from those currently available across our
qualifications. The advantage here is that someone still developing
their study skills or subject to a particularly demanding work
schedule can initiate or continue their studies by taking a larger
number of lower level units.
To achieve the Advanced Diploma you must accumulate a minimum of
290 credits, with at least 205 at Diploma level or above and 90 at
The following table shows the compulsory unit requirements to
complete the Advanced Diploma:
||Insurance business and finance (Diploma in Insurance
||Economics and business
||Insurance law (Diploma in Insurance unit)
What does this qualification involve?
There is no prescribed order in which units must be taken, but
it is strongly recommended that you sit the required compulsory
units first since these provide foundation knowledge upon which the
This flexible approach allows you to develop a course programme
that suits your particular needs and requirements. You can tailor
learning to your current role and/or develop areas which are new to
you or where you need to gain in-depth knowledge.
Note: 'Flexible learning options' below details
the ability to use credits from CII financial planning units for
insurance qualifications. Particularly relevant may be
the Diploma in Financial Planning unit (J07)
Supervision in a regulated environment which can be used
towards completion of the Advanced Diploma. This covers key aspects
of supervision, leadership and coaching, and provides 20 Diploma
level credits on completion.
Advanced Diploma in Insurnace units credits
|Advanced Diploma in Insurance units
||Economics and business
||Principles of Takaful
||Risk management (last
examination April 2014*)
||Advanced insurance broking
||Marketing insurance products and
||Insurance corporate management
||London market insurance
* A range of replacement risk
management options will be introduced during 2014 at both Diploma
and Advanced Diploma level.
The mechanics of studying for Advanced Diploma units
||Length of exam
||Eight compulsory short answer
questions, one case study question and three essay
questions from a choice of five.
||One case study question and two essay
questions from a choice of three
||10,000-11,000 word dissertation on a
subject relevant to the London market
||50% (actual passmark)
Note: The recommended minimum study hours
are shown in the table above (this will vary according to your
experience and ability). The nominal pass marks are also shown.
However, the actual pass marks may vary slightly from one session
to another to ensure that the pass standard remains constant.
You may sit as many exams as desired at a single sitting,
although it is strongly recommended that no more than two Diploma
or Advanced Diploma units per session are taken.
Flexible learning options
The overall CII insurance qualifications framework is extremely
flexible, allowing you to select units from qualifications other
than the one for which you are studying.
Therefore, if you are working towards the Advanced Diploma in
Insurance you are able to select units from the entire insurance
qualifications framework. If you sit or have sat CII financial
planning exams (for example, the Financial Planning Certificate,
Certificate in Financial Planning, Diploma in Financial Planning,
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, Advanced Financial Planning
Certificate, or comparable exams from other professional and
educational bodies), you will also receive credits that can count
towards completion of the insurance qualifications.
When studying for the Advanced Diploma you are allowed to claim
up to 180 credits for financial planning units. Please
note: this rule is currently under review - any changes
will be publicised in 2013.
Your past qualifications can count
If you hold a degree or a professional qualification in a
relevant subject, for example accounting, business or law, you
could receive credits that count towards completion of a CII
qualification through our recognition of prior
Important note: To be awarded a CII
qualification, you must obtain, by CII examination, dissertation or
coursework assessment, a pass in a unit from the qualification that
you are looking to complete, and meet the qualification completion
requirements. These rules apply irrespective of how many credits
your existing qualifications might provide through recognition of
Obtain your learning statement online
A CII personalised learning statement
provides a record of the exams and resultant credits you hold which
can be used towards completing CII qualifications. Importantly,
your statement sets out what you personally need to do to complete
a qualification you are, or may be considering working towards,
such as the Diploma in Insurance.