Life and Pensions Qualifications

Increase your career mobility by becoming qualified in both life and general insurance

Learn about life qualifications

Our Qualifications Guide gives you all the information you need to get started.


Insurance Institute Prospectus 2019

Additional APA designations

We have arrangements with The Institute of Banking (IoB) and LIA, which allow our members to easily achieve multiple APA designations across various areas of the industry – such as life assurance and pensions. You can do this without having to hold multiple memberships with various bodies.

  • You hold an APA in Personal General Insurance and you're a member of The Insurance Institute. 
  • You want an APA in Life Assurance.
  • You need to sit the QFA Life Assurance module and apply through the Life Insurance Association.
  • When you have completed QFA Life Assurance, you provide your LIA learning statement to The Insurance Institute who will award you the APA (Life Assurance) designation.


  • You hold an APA in Pensions and you're a member of the IoB or LIA.
  • You want an APA in Personal General Insurance.
  • You need to sit CIP-01: The Nature of Insurance and CIP-03: Personal General Insurance and apply through The Insurance Institute.
  • You will need to provide the Institute with your IoB/LIA learning statement.
  • On completion of the above modules, you provide your Insurance Institute learning statement to your membership body which will then award you the APA (Personal General Insurance) designation.
  • If you are a QFA holder, you do not need to sit CIP-01. Apply here.
  • If you hold an APA in a Life qualification, Apply here.


Have a question?

If you're a member with us and you're thinking of taking on an additional APA designation, get in touch and we'll let you know your next steps.


Want to register for the QFA?

Visit the LIA website or contact them on 
01 456 3890 or to learn how to get started.