Studying for a qualification can sometimes look pretty daunting,
especially if you've been out of formal education for a while. But
there's no need to worry about making the right choices, the study
time or the exams. If you plan properly, and take advantage of all
the support the CII has to offer, your journey should be a smooth
1. Choose the qualification that's right for you
There are three core qualifications to choose from:
Certificate, Diploma and
Advanced Diploma - whichever sector or role you
currently work in, or aspire to, we have a qualification that will
help develop your career.
To find out more about the range of qualifications on offer, and
which is right for you, use your mouse to hover-over the
qualifications listed on the qualifications main page.
2. Become a member and enjoy special benefits
Joining the CII gives you an advantage by creating a platform
for your study.
It also gives you privileged access to technical information
including an archive of past papers (written exams), online
technical dictionaries and additional reference material building
on the core qualification study texts. You also get discounts on
study materials and exam entry.
Membership also supports you in your working life - visit our membership section
to find out more.
3. Your past qualifications can count
If you hold a degree or professional qualification in a relevant
subject, for example, accounting, business or law, you could
receive credits that count towards completion of a CII
In doing so, you'll avoid duplicating learning already completed
and obtain your CII qualification more quickly. Visit our recognition of prior learning
section for more information.
4. Combine units to match your career aims
Every qualification requires you to complete a number of
Some are compulsory as they provide essential foundation
knowledge; the remainder cover all the core and many specialist
areas of insurance. It's up to you to choose according to the
requirements of your current role, or of your future career
You are awarded credits for passing each unit, as you work
towards the total required to pass your qualification.
You can find out about the available units by selecting your
chosen qualification on the qualifications main page.
5. Create a programme to fit your study style
You can make studying simpler by selecting the learning and
revision materials that best suit you. The right choice of learning
materials can make a big difference.
For example, attending a CII Face-to-Face revision course can
improve your chances of first time exam success by as much as 50%.
Get the inside track on your chosen qualification page on this
6. Be an effective learner
Follow some simple steps and you'll stand the best chances of
- Formulate a realistic study plan and stick to it
- Don't cram, study a little and often
- Understand your subject by knowing the unit syllabus inside
- Use a blend of learning and revision materials to improve
understanding and recall.
7. Take exams when you're ready
This is not a high pressure environment. You set your own
deadline with CII exams.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma exams are available twice yearly:
in April and October. Ensure you're ready by starting study at
least four months in advance.
Certificate exams are offered throughout the year, so pick your
choice of time and location.