Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)

If you’re looking to build a successful career in insurance, you’ll need a comprehensive designation under your belt like the Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP).

Applications are open

If you're a member, log in to the Member Area and click 'Apply/Renew Here' to choose your module. Not a member? Sign up here to get started.


Apply now for the Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP)

Key facts

  • Structure: 6 modules (including 3 APA modules)
  • Exam sittings: January, May, September
  • Fee: €310 per module + membership fee if you're not already our member. Learn more
  • How to apply: Applications for September 2019 exams are now open.
    Applications close: 28 June (Applications may be accepted after this date but a late fee may be incurred). To apply, log into the Member Area and click 'Apply/Renew' here.
  • Course delivery: Distance learning through online study supports

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

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


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

One you've completed your six modules, you will earn the Certificate in Insurance Practice qualification, which is a level 7 NFQ diploma awarded by IT Sligo.

Download the CIP booklet

Fill in your details to view a copy of our booklet, which contains everything you need to know to get started.

Certificate in Insurance Practice (CIP) Booklet

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 will be happy to help at memberservices@iii.ie or on 01 645 6670.