Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)

Moving Forward

Our September exams will be online, learn more here

Applications open on 30th September

If you're a member, log in to the Member Area and click 'Apply/Renew Here' to choose your module. Not a member? Find out more here

Applications are currently closed.

Apply now for the Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP)

Key facts

  • Structure: 6 modules (including 3 APA modules)
  • Exam sittings: January, May, September
  • Fee: €320 per module + membership fee if you're not already our member. Learn more
  • When can I apply? Applications for January 2021 exams will open on Wednesday 30th September 2020.
  • How to apply: Apply via the Member Area or email memberservices@iii.ie
  • 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

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, IT 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 IT Sligo.

Download the CIP guide

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

Certificate in Insurance Practice (CIP) Guide

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.