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Designed for insurance practitioners working outside the UK

This single-unit Award is ideal for those outside the UK and starting their careers in the insurance sector. It helps develop a basic understanding of insurance principles, procedures and products including the main legal principles related to insurance contracts, the main regulatory principles related to insurance business and key aspects of ethics, corporate governance and internal controls.

Who's it for?

  • Anyone working in the insurance industry irrespective of age, educational background or experience.
  • In a growing number of territories it meets the regulatory qualification requirements relevant to insurance practitioners. In other non-regulated environments it provides a development pathway where no local educational and professional provision is available.
  • Insurance practitioners at the start of their career or seeking to build on existing knowledge through formal study.
  • Insurance practitioners needing to satisfy the minimum operating standards set by the regulators in Bahrain and/or Qatar.

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.

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

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 Certificate. Find out more about recognition of prior learning »

Completion requirements

Those wishing to further their studies and achieve the Certificate in Insurance can use The Award in General Insurance 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.

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

What does this qualification involve?

The Award comprises one compulsory unit from the CII insurance qualifications framework, providing a total of 15 credits upon successful completion.

Candidates are required to take the following compulsory unit:

  • (W01) Award in General Insurance

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

Overview of Award-level units:

Unit

Assessment format

Study hours

Credits awarded

 

 

 

 

(W01) Award in General Insurance

·         2 hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·         70% nominal pass mark

50

15

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 »

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.

Syllabuses

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.