Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)

Enhance your prospects with CIP

If you already hold an APA, the CIP is the next move to advance your career. The programme will broaden your product knowledge and career mobility, and will provide you with everything required to take you to the next level.

If you're looking to build a successful career in insurance a comprehensive designation, such as the Certificate in Insurance Practice (CIP), is essential.

Get your CIP guide

More information about what you'll study, exam format and the learning supports we provide is available in our dedicated CIP guide. 


Who is this qualification for?

  • APA qualified professionals wishing to progress
  • School leavers or college students/graduates looking to start a career in insurance 
  • Career changers hoping to move into the insurance sector
  • Grandfathered Persons looking to reinforce industry experience
  • Professionals working in other sectors wishing to gain comprehensive insurance knowledge

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

CIP - Key Facts

  • Designation: CIP (Certified Insurance Practitioner) | Awarding Body: The Insurance Institute
  • Qualification: Certificate in Insurance Practice | Awarding Body: Atlantic Technological University, Sligo
  • Modules: 3 (following completion of APA)
  • Delivery: Online via distance and self-directed learning
  • Assessment: CIP-03/04/05 (1 of) 1 MCQ exam per module. CIP-06/07/08 (2 of) 1 mid-semester assessment and 1 end-of-semester written exam per module.
  • Frequency: Exams take place in January, May & September. See upcoming exam dates here
  • Fee: €360 per module + membership fee if you're not already our member. View programme fees
  • When can I apply? Applications open 3 times a year. Find more on application dates here
  • How to apply: Apply via the Member Area or email memberservices@iii.ie

How it works

APA modules make up 50% of the CIP, so once you've been awarded that designation, you're well on your way towards becoming a Certified Insurance Practitioner.

Module structure

In order to begin our CIP programme you must hold at least one APA designation.


To be awarded the CIP designation, you must first complete the Certificate in Insurance Practice academic programme through our education provider, Atlantic Technological University, Sligo.

Once you've completed your six modules, you will earn the Certificate in Insurance Practice qualification, which is a level 7 NFQ Special Purpose Award, awarded by Atlantic Technological University, Sligo.

What's next?

You'll have lots of doors open to you once you're CIP qualified. Consider these options:

Start your CIP today

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


Want to chat?

Our Member Services team can help on chat, at memberservices@iii.ie or on 01 645 6670.