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Designed for insurance practitioners working in Hong Kong

This single-unit Award is ideal for those starting their careers in the Hong Kong insurance sector. The unit (WH1) Award in General Insurance (Hong Kong) helps develop a basic understanding of insurance principles, procedures and products, specifically for the Hong Kong market.

Those wishing to further their studies and achieve the Certificate in Insurance can use The Award in General Insurance (Hong Kong) as an alternative to the Certificate in Insurance unit (IF1) Insurance legal and regulatory to meet the compulsory unit requirements for the Certificate in Insurance. Please note: due to the amount of syllabus overlap, candidates passing both IF1 and the Award will only be awarded one set of credits.

Upon completion, CII members are eligible to use the designation 'CII (Award)'. (Continuing Professional Development requirements apply.)

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Why the Award in General Insurance (Hong Kong)?


At the end of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • basic principles of insurance;
  • main legal principles related to insurance contracts;
  • main regulatory principles related to insurance business;
  • key elements to protect consumers.

Is the Award in General Insurance (Hong Kong) suitable for me?


The Award is available to anyone working in the Hong Kong insurance industry, irrespective of age, educational background or experience.

It meets the regulatory qualification requirements relevant to insurance practitioners in Hong Kong. 

The Award is particularly suitable for:

  • Insurance practitioners at the start of their career in Hong Kong insurance, or seeking to build on existing knowledge through formal study.

Your next step

Upon completion, CII members are eligible to use the designation 'CII (Award)'. Continuing Professional Development requirements apply.

The Award also supports ongoing professional development as, on passing the exam, you will hold one of the three Awards needed to complete the Certificate in Insurance and Financial Services.

Enrol online here.  Alternatively download the application form at the top right of this page, or contact our Customer Services team on +44 (0)20 8989 8464 or email


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. 

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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 coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies (before the assessment) and notes to results (after the assessment).

Completion requirements

To complete the Award you must study a single study text and then pass the associated exam.

The study text breaks down the syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly-defined learning objectives.

The exam itself takes the form of a two-hour paper consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. There are two public exam sittings April and October.

As a guide, it is recommended that you allow a minimum of 50 hours' study (this will vary according to your experience and ability).

The nominal pass mark is 70%. However, the actual pass mark may vary slightly from one session to another to ensure that the pass standard remains constant.

The study text and first exam entry are sold as a package.

Where next?

For those candidates outside the UK working in financial advice and insurance, or aspiring to work in both, the CII offers a dedicated study pathway which comprises existing Award qualifications and results in the completion of the Certificate in Insurance and Financial Services.

The Certificate offers a solid grounding across a broad range of areas and is awarded upon completion of three Awards from the following four options:

  • Award in General Insurance or Award in General Insurance (Hong Kong)
  • Award in Customer Service in Insurance;
  • Award in Financial Planning or Award in Bancassurance;
  • Award in Investment Planning.

CII members are also eligible to use the designation 'Cert CII'. Continuing Professional Development requirements apply.

Recognition of prior learning

When you pass exams through the CII, the credits will automatically appear on your learning account, including for exams that you may have passed under discontinued CII qualification routes. You may also be able to receive credits for relevant qualifications you have passed through other awarding bodies - to do this you should submit an application for recognition of prior learning.

By claiming credits for qualifications you've attained outside the CII framework, you'll avoid duplicating learning already undertaken, in turn reducing the amount of study and obtaining your CII qualification more quickly. 

If you wish to claim credits to recognise non CII qualifications held, please see the accreditation section of this website, where you can read full guidance on the rules and requirements and download an application form.

Important note: To be awarded a CII qualification, and use any resultant membership designation, 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 prior learning. As a result, you will not gain permission to use the designation 'CII (Award)' if you pass the unit (WH1) Award in General Insurance (Hong Kong) by recognition of prior learning.

Find out more about applying for recognition of prior learning »

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.


The exam is based on the published syllabus, which is in itself an important aid to exam preparation and revision. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with this before commencing study (a full syllabus is provided in the CII coursebook).

This sets out the objectives of the unit and details the range of knowledge that forms the basis of the exam.

To obtain the full syllabus free of charge, follow the link above. Copies may also be obtained from Customer Service.