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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.

Recognition of prior learning

Before starting 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. Read the ‘Key information’ overlay to the right of this page for details.

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

Assessment method

Award level units are assessed by multiple choice question exam (MCQ). For online MCQ exams result notification is immediate on completion. For paper-based MCQ exams, results are released five weeks' following the exam sitting.

Find out more about assessment, including policies and centres »

Learning support

Each qualification unit comes with a study package included, equipping you with the essential tools to support core learning. For a single fee, study packages typically include: study text, assessment entry and access to RevisionMate our online study tool.

We also offer additional study materials to support individual learning. These range from key fact booklets and next-edition study texts, to question packs and Learn interactive tutorials.

For full availability, click the unit links to the right of this page.


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.

Study and assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam - Study is based on a specified enrolment period, from 01 January – 31 December. MCQ exams are available weekly at UK and select non-UK online exam centres, or twice-yearly in April and October at non-UK paper-based exam centres.
  • Written exams - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Written exams are held twice-yearly in April and October, with the exception of unit R06 which is tested four times-yearly, at UK and non-UK exam centres.
  • Coursework assessment - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Three written assignments, each typically between 2,000 - 3,000 words, need to be passed.
    Download Insurance Coursework assessment guidelines and instructions »
    Download Personal Finance Coursework assessment guidelines and instructions >>
    Download Personal Finance Coursework assignment guidelines and instructions »
  • Mixed assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A combination of a single coursework assignment must be passed within the first six months and a MCQ exam passed within 18 months.
    Download Mixed Assessment guidelines and instructions »
  • Dissertation assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A dissertation, typically between 10,000 - 11,000 words, on an agreed subject must be submitted.
    Download Dissertation guidelines and instructions »

It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions. Candidates should also familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies before the assessment, and notes to results post-assessment.

This qualification in detail

Key information

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:


Assessment format

Study hours

Credits awarded





(W01) Award in General Insurance

·         2 hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·         70% nominal pass mark



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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.


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.