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Certificate in  Climate Risk.

Registration is now open to Members and non-Members of The Insurance Institute.


Gaining the knowledge to lead positive change

In a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, understanding climate risk is not just a necessity, but a responsibility for every financial services professional. The Insurance Institute of Ireland’s Certificate in Climate Risk, has been designed specifically to provide you with the professional knowledge and expertise needed to support customers, colleagues, and communities in the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon world.

The certificate has been validated on the NFQ at Level 7 (10 ECTS).

We have secured 30% funding through Sustainable Finance Skillnet for individuals employed in the Republic of Ireland whose employers have agreed to support staff on this programme.


Should you wish to avail of the funding for this programme, The Insurance Institute is required to share your details with Skillnet Ireland. 


Who is this Certificate for? 

  • Anyone who wants to be ahead of the curve as analysing climate risks is now a crucial goal for all financial services providers.
  • Professionals wishing to be in line with the Central Bank of Ireland’s expectations for regulated financial service providers (Firms) in relation to climate and broader ESG issues.
  • Professionals wishing to build the technical capacity and knowledge to correctly analyse sustainability risks and to ensure that the financial system is fit for purpose and properly implemented in an evolving landscape.
  • Professionals looking to enhance their career prospects with an advanced qualification directly relatable to their industry.
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Key Facts

  • Award: Certificate in Climate Risk for Financial Services Professionals; Awarding Body: Atlantic Technological University, Sligo
  • Delivery: Online with live guest lectures at key points in the curriculum
  • Frequency: The programme runs for 13 weeks - over one semester (either Autumn or Spring semester)
  • Mixed Assessment: One reflective piece 50% of the final grade and an Open Book MCQ exam also 50% of the final grade. Both elements must be attempted to pass the course
  • Fee: €745 Insurance Institute Members OR €795 Non-Insurance Institute Members
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How it works

The programme is self-directed, allowing you to work through the material at your own pace. Industry experts present at key points in the curriculum to contextualise and localise the content. All live sessions are recorded, and can be accessed 24/7.

On completion of this programme, you will understand:

  • The key factors that underpin the science of climate and global warming.
  • The current and future impacts of climate change on economies and the financial services sector.
  • How physical, transition and liability risks impact financial institutions and explore their wider social impacts.
  • Current EU legislation and its role with regards to climate risk measurement and disclosure.
  • How to embed climate risk in organisational culture.

"The impacts of climate change are far reaching, non-linear and whilst affected by the actions of today, will occur over a much longer period than typical business planning time horizons.  

The insurance industry will need to be ambitious in its consideration of climate change and those that have participated in the Insurance Institute’s Certificate in Climate Risk will be able to help their firms and the insurance industry achieve those ambitions"

 - Domhnall Cullinan, Director of Insurance Supervision, Central Bank of Ireland 

23rd February - 25th May 2024

Weekly Programme Schedule 


Date Topic
23 Feb Online Launch/Induction
28 Feb Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
4-8 March  Impacts of Climate Change
11-15 March Types of Climate Risk
19-22 March Introduction to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities
25 March Assessment Clinic
25-29 March Measuring, Monitoring, and Reporting Climate Risks
1-5 April Reading week
8-12 April Measuring Climate Risks and the Data Challenge
15-19 April Scenario Analysis and Climate Risk Modelling
22-26 April  Regulatory Approaches to Climate Change
19 April-3 May Embedding Climate Risk Within Governance and Culture
7-10 May Green, Sustainable and Transition Finance
15 May Assessment Clinic
22 May Final Submission of Reflective Statement
25 May Open Book MCQ Exam