Accredited Product Adviser (APA)

As an insurance professional, customers place a lot of trust in your hands, so it's essential that you're knowledgeable and qualified. The Accredited Product Adviser (APA) gives you a solid grounding for a successful career in insurance.

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Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) Booklet

KEY FACTS
  • Structure: 3 modules
  • Exam sittings: January, May, September
  • Fee: €295 per module + membership fee if you're not already our member. Learn more
  • How to apply: Applications for May exams will open on 22 January
  • Course delivery: Distance learning through online study supports

Who is this programme for?

  • School leavers and graduates looking to start a career in insurance
  • Career changers hoping to move into the insurance sector
  • New entrants who need to meet the requirements of the Central Bank's MCC
  • Grandfathered Persons looking to earn a qualification

If you've completed insurance exams in the past, you could be entitled to exemptions from some of the APA modules. Check your exemptions

How it works

To be awarded the APA designation, you must first complete the Professional Certificate in Insurance academic programme through one of our education providers, The Institute of Banking, a recognised college of UCD. Below is the structure of this programme.

Module structure

Once you've completed your three modules, you will earn the Professional Certificate in Insurance qualification, which is a level 7 NFQ certificate awarded by UCD, and you will be eligible to receive the APA designation from The Insurance Institute.

What's next?

After you've earned the APA, you have lots of options for your next educational step.

  • Complete 3 more modules to earn the Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP) Learn more
  • Take additional product modules either in general insurance (personal, commercial, healthcare) or in life insurance (life assurance, pensions, loans, savings & investments) to earn additional APA designations. Learn more

Start your APA  

To get started, you'll need to become a member before you can register for your first exam. 

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