2021 Qualifications Guide

Your Guide to Insurance Qualifications


Your career is the best investment you will ever make – therefore it’s essential that you receive informed and relevant advice specific to you, your goals and your educational pathway. Our 2021 Qualifications Guide contains all the information you need to make informed decisions about your future.


Who is this guide for?

  • New Entrants & Career Changers
  • Industry Professionals
  • HR and Learning & Development


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1. Your Career. The Best Investment You Can Make

Your future is in your hands – now is the time to take the next step on your educational journey, and to take control of your career.

2. Education for Every Stage of Your Career

Designed by leading industry experts and tailored to suit your learning needs, our innovative programmes ensure that your training is always ahead of the curve, and directly applicable to your career and to your customer’s needs.


3. Your Professional Development

Flexible, accessible and relevant CPD opportunities that not only help you achieve your annual CPD requirement, but also ensure you remain stimulated by and engaged with your educational journey.

4. Endless Possibilities

Stand out from the crowd with our specialised qualifications and programmes. You are guaranteed to receive the best in class in terms of education and training.

5. We’re Here for you

Our Member Services team and Local Institutes are here to provide you with the advice and support you need, every step of the way.

What's Inside: Sneak Peek

Qualifications for every stage of your career

Our qualifications are structured in a way that makes them easy to align to your career journey, with modules to provide you with industry-specific knowledge and skills when you need them most.



Accredited Product Adviser (APA)

Get Started.

The first step for new entrants who want to build their insurance knowledge and work unsupervised advising customers – inline with the minimum competency requirements of The Central Bank of Ireland


Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)

Enhance Your Prospects.

If you already hold an APA the CIP is the next move to advance your career. The programme will broaden your product knowledge and career mobility, and will provide you with everything required to take you to the next level.


Higher Diploma in Insurance Management

Power Your Ambition.

The Higher Diploma in Insurance Management is our advanced professional qualification. The content, delivery and assessment of the programme is designed to enhance your technical knowledge and develop key management skills such as critical thinking, report writing, research and problem solving.

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The impact of technology on our industry has been momentous and we continue to invest in our education and learning programmes such as online exams, CPD webinars and micro-learning.


Learning Experience

We offer a range of study supports to help you plan your time, get the material covered, test your knowledge and feel prepared and confident on exam day.  The range of supports has been developed to suit all learning styles and can be accessed on multiple devices


Endless Possibilities

We have partnered with various other education and industry bodies to bring our members access to specialist product knowledge, life insurance and financial advice qualifications, and an award-winning Apprenticeship programme.


Professional Development

We engage the best industry experts to deliver our CPD programmes and develop relevant, topical content, to ensure you are as knowledgeable as the day you qualified.


Keep It Local

Each Local Institute provides members with the reassurance that they aren’t on their own and that there is a whole network of people out there on the same path, willing to help them.


Book Your Presentation

After you've downloaded your Qualifications Guide - Why not book a chat for you and your HR/L&D team? We can take you through what's changed and how it can benefit you and your company.

Here to Help


Nicola Carroll - Corporate Account Manager

At The Insurance Institute we strive to enable you to take control of your career – to improve your prospects and drive your potential – we are with you at every stage of your professional journey, to help you have it all.

I am happy to help you with any queries you might have about our qualifications and your next steps. Talk to me today!

E: ncarroll@iii.ie – T: 01 645 6625 - M: 087 108 8570

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