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
- 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
the Advanced Diploma unit (991) London market insurance
specialisation and being introduced in October 2016 for (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. This unit should only be taken by those
who have access to the necessary information and people in the
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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
dissertation policies as well as exam policies
(before the assessment) and notes to results (after the