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What you need to know to get ahead in your career

The Award for the Foundation Insurance Test (FIT) is an introductory-level qualification that helps you develop an understanding of key insurance topics, including:

  • how the insurance market operates;
  • fundamental risk and insurance principles and procedures; and
  • core personal and commercial insurance products.

Read the Award for the Foundation Insurance Test specification »

Who it's for

FIT is open to anyone, irrespective of educational background or experience. It is suitable for a diverse range of people, including:

  • Anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of the general insurance market, principles, procedures and products.
  • Employees who hold no insurance qualifications but wish to demonstrate insurance knowledge and understanding.
  • Employees beginning study for general insurance qualifications.
  • Anyone wishing to build upon their specific job knowledge with sound understanding of general insurance principles and market requirements.
  • Insurance staff employed in support functions such as human resources, marketing, IT and finance, wishing to develop an understanding of the industry in which they work.
  • Staff working for an organisation whose primary business is not insurance, but which offers insurance advice and products as part of its overall service to customers.

Entry requirements


Completion requirements

To complete you need to pass the compulsory FIT unit. On completion you will also receive 6 CII credits that can be used towards other CII qualifications.

Learning support

Study materials available for the award are;

  • Study text with updates
  • RevisionMate online study support
  • Test guide
  • Key fact booklet
  • Question pack
  • Learn interactive tutorial
  • Revision course

Why FIT?

FIT has already proved popular with individuals employed within a diverse range of organisations, including many from companies whose background and main area of business is not insurance.

They value the way that it covers the fundamentals of general insurance in a clear and user-friendly way. Candidates who pass FIT will achieve The Award for the Foundation Insurance Test and receive 6 credits towards any future studies for CII qualifications such as the Certificate in Insurance (this is the recommended next step for further study).

Full details on the Certificate in Insurance can be viewed on the Certificate in Insurance qualification page.

Importantly, FIT has been designed to assist you and your employer to comply with regulatory training and competence requirements. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requires employees to demonstrate that they are competent in the work they do, and thereafter to maintain this competence. FIT can play an important part in helping to meet the requirements by serving as an objective measurement of your technical awareness and understanding.

Your next step

The links at the top right of this page contain all the information you need to finalise your entry. As you read through this you will learn about the available learning materials, terms and conditions relating to entry, and the different ways you can enter.


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

Key facts for the Foundation Insurance Test (FIT)

Level of qualification Introductory
CII credits required to complete (existing credits carried forward) 6
CII credits per unit 6
Number of available units 1
Compulsory units FIT - single unit
Exam format
  • Online, 2 hours
  • 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs)
Average study time 40 hours
Combination of units at any level allowed? Not applicable
Availability of exam sessions Year-round. Availability varies from centre to centre, but typically exams can be sat weekly
Entry requirements? None
CII credits available for prior learning? No
Record of Achievement issued for each exam pass? Yes
Completion Certificate/Diploma awarded? Yes. Award for the Foundation Insurance Test
Designation N/A
Ofqual Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Level Level 2

Completion requirements

What does FIT involve?

To achieve FIT you must pass a single unit. The study text explains how the insurance market operates, outlines key insurance principles and procedures, and provides an overview of core personal lines and commercial insurance products.

The study text breaks down the course into nine chapters, each with clearly-defined learning objectives. The chapters contain learning aids in the form of 'exercises' and 'question times' included at relevant points so that you can measure your understanding as you progress. Each chapter finishes with a series of self-test questions so you can monitor your progress as you prepare for the test itself.

FIT is a two-hour test consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. You receive provisional notification of your results immediately upon completion.

FIT tests are delivered online at centres located throughout the UK.

Twice-yearly paper-based test sessions, in April and October, are available for candidates outside the UK. If you want to sit FIT outside the UK please call Customer Service.

As a guide, we recommend that you allow a minimum of 40 hours of study - this equates to approximately four hours of study a week over three months (this will vary according to your experience and ability). The nominal pass mark is 70%, though the actual pass mark may vary slightly over time to ensure that the pass standard remains constant.

How you are tested

FIT is a two-hour test consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. You receive provisional notification of your results immediately upon completion.

FIT tests are delivered online at centres located throughout the UK.

Twice-yearly paper-based test sessions, in April and October, are available for candidates outside the UK. If you want to sit FIT outside the UK please call Customer Service.

Entering for an online exam

We recommend booking at least six weeks in advance to give the best chance of getting your preferred exam date and venue.

Assessment information

It is important that candidates entering for a CII assessment familiarise themselves with our service, in particular the rules and procedures that are in place.


Foundation Insurance Test

FIT covers six essential topics, including the insurance market, legal principles, procedures and the major classes of insurance.

The test is based on the published syllabus, which is itself an important aid to exam preparation and revision. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with this before commencing study. This sets out the learning outcomes and depth of knowledge you will require in order to pass.

The syllabus also identifies learning materials in the form of a reading list, reference materials and periodicals which you can use to assist with your studies. A full syllabus is provided in the CII study text. To obtain the full syllabus free of charge follow the links below or contact Customer Service.