If you have completed courses and qualifications in the past that may have contained content relevant to some of our qualifications, you could be entitled to an exemption.

Consult our exemption policies below for detailed information on all exemptions available and the application process. If you're unsure of whether to apply or not, contact our Member Services team who will be happy to talk you through your options. 


Our exemption policies

  • Professional Certificate in Insurance and Professional Diploma in Insurance qualification awarded by UCD – Download
  • Accredited Product Adviser (APA) and Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) designations awarded by The Insurance Institute – Download
  • Exemption Entitlements for University of Limerick Graduates – Download
  • Exemption Policy for Management Diploma in Insurance (MDI) – Download

Applying for exemptions

If you are eligible to apply for exemptions here are some points you should know:

  • You must make your exemption application before registering for a qualification. This is to ensure you're fully aware of the modules you're required to study to complete the programme from the outset.
  • If you have already started your qualification, we unfortunately cannot grant you an exemption.
  • You'll need to submit original (not photocopied) college transcripts as part of your application.
  • If you have completed non-Insurance Institute insurance exams (including CII exams) you may be entitled to exemptions. Please contact us at memberservices@iii.ie to clarify.
  • Time limitations apply to all exemption offers and they may be withdrawn or amended if not accepted within the timelines specified. 
  • We will accept previous versions of Insurance Institute and CII exams on a case by case basis.
  • Successful exemption applications incur a fee. CII modules are not charged. Your exemption will be added to your academic record once payment is received.

Apply for an exemption

CII recognition of prior learning

Find full details of the CII's policies regarding recognition of prior learning below.

CII prior learning