Just received your letter about our accreditation changes?


We understand that you might have some questions about this and are more than happy to help.


We’ve pulled together a few questions and answers which we have already received from members below. If these don’t help, please submit your question here and a member of the project team will be straight back to you.


Q: What happens if I have already started my APA / CIP?

A: Don't worry. You can apply and register for exams like normal.


Q: Why does this accreditation change affect me and my qualifications?

A: It may not. For the majority of students, the transition will have little or no impact on them at all. The academic titles of the awards will change to Certificate in Insurance Product Advice (APA) and Certificate in Insurance Practice (CIP), but the designations themselves and the qualification awards’ position at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) remain the same.


Q: Is my existing designation no longer valid? Do I have to re-sit?

A: Your APA and CIP designations have been recognised by the Central Bank as meeting the Minimum Competency Code, so you don't have to re-sit anything. 


Q: Do I need to tell my employer?

A: We have already sent a letter to your employer who should by now be aware of the new partnership with IT Sligo. However, if you feel that you wish to check this, please do so and we are happy to answer any additional questions you, or they may have.

Additional Questions? Let us know.