Fellowship of the CII is universally regarded as the premier
qualification for those working in the insurance industry. By
achieving the ACII, you have already demonstrated a high level of
commitment, but the Fellowship shows that you have taken this
commitment one step further. Acquiring FCII accreditation will
further demonstrate your knowledge, experience and professionalism
to the world.
In developing these access routes to the FCII, the aim has been
to provide holders of the CII's Advanced Diploma/ACII with every
opportunity to advance to the higher qualification, regardless of
how their career has developed in the interim.
This information enables each individual to outline his or her
career record in the way that best demonstrates their fitness for
Fellowship. In so doing, it presents a full picture of the
candidate's technical knowledge before highlighting their business
skills and achievements. It thus allows individuals to present
their own case, taking into account their career choices and the
subsequent requirements of their employment.
Achieving Fellowship of the CII gives financial services
practitioners genuine differentiation. It confirms their commitment
and ability and it adds real weight to their curriculum vitae. It
is tangible, objective evidence of ambition and success.
As an Associate member of the CII, you have already demonstrated
considerable commitment to your own professional development,
succeeding, as you have, in a wide range of subjects examined at
the highest level. Fellowship of the CII shows that you have taken
this commitment one stage further, demonstrating Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) through a major achievement and
planned acquisition of skills and knowledge. The Fellowship
programme has been designed on the basis that each individual is in
the best position to evaluate what development needs they have and
how best to address these needs.
The programme is designed to give you control of the way you
progress your own career while also working towards Fellowship. It
gives you the ability to select a path to Fellowship which fits
your own skills, interests and development needs.
Being a Fellow tells employers that you have a major
professional qualification and that you are committed to Continuing
Eligibility to become a Fellow
To become a Fellow you must meet all of the following
- be a current member of the CII (and remain a member throughout
your progression to Fellowship);
- have completed your Advanced Diploma/Associateship before
enrolling on the Fellowship programme*;
- have been employed (or self-employed) in insurance for at least
four years overall;
- be wholly or mainly engaged or employed in work connected with
- fulfil the requirements of the Fellowship programme set out in
- be able to supply records of your last three years of
Continuing Professional Development (CPD);
- meet the requirements of the Fellowship Advisory Board.
If, after reading these guidelines, you are in any doubt about
the requirements, please phone the Fellowship Advisory Service -
FAS on 020 8530 0818.
* If you are a pre-1992 ACII you will need to submit a summary
of 10 years relevant work experience
Fellowship Advisory Service
During your progression to Fellowship you may need help or
advice. You may be fortunate in having the services of a mentor
from your employer to call on, or your local institute may offer
help. Use these as your first port of call. You should feel free to
approach others to get useful additional input. For instance, it
can be helpful to discuss your plans with your employer or you
might wish to approach colleagues who have passed other
qualifications in which you are interested.
The FAS can give information about the Fellowship programme and
can offer a wide range of help and advice. However we cannot
provide technical information about a subject you may be
As we have a small team of advisers, assistance is limited in
terms of time available to any one member. We will, however, try to
help you in any way we can and, if there is anything you do not
understand, please contact us at the earliest opportunity. This may
prevent you from running into problems later.