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Putting professionalism into practice

The Advanced Diploma in Insurance is a professional qualification providing an enhanced understanding of insurance practice, both technical subject matter and overall application skills. A comprehensive assessment of market knowledge and understanding. In becoming Advanced Diploma qualified you join the community of proven insurance professionals. It is evidence of your purpose, commitment and ability.

Read the Advanced Diploma in Insurance specification

Who it's for

  • Today's insurance managers and technical specialists;
  • Staff with aspirations to become managers in the future;
  • Those employees who wish to demonstrate their professional standing;
  • Insurance employees without another professional qualification and those who wish to build upon existing general academic qualifications, such as a degree, by obtaining an industry-specific qualification.

Completion requirements

To complete the Advanced Diploma you must obtain a minimum of 290 CII credits, with at least 205 CII credits at Diploma level or above, including at least 150 CII credits at Advanced Diploma level.

See the 'Key information' overlay to the right of this page for full details.

Members are also entitled to use the designation ACII, subject to membership and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Before embarking study, check to see whether any of your previous academic qualifications or credits from other professional bodies and institutes can be carried towards completion of the Diploma. Find out more about recognition of prior learning »

Learning Support

A range of study materials are available, including: study texts, revision aids, ebooks and key fact booklets. For full unit availability, click the unit links to the right of this page.

Chartered status and Fellowship

From the Advanced Diploma you can apply for Chartered status (subject to having five years' experience, not necessarily post-qualification), with the CII's four Chartered insurance titles reflecting your career specialism:

  • Chartered Insurer;
  • Chartered Insurance Broker;
  • Chartered Insurance Practitioner; and
  • Chartered Insurance Risk Manager

Chartered status cements your professional standing and gives you parity with other professionals such as accountants and solicitors. The CII also offers corporate Chartered status to qualifying firms of insurance brokers, further enhancing the visible professionalism of the broker sector. 

If after completing the Advanced Diploma you wish to continue with formal professional development you could study for Fellowship of the CII.

This exclusive qualification held by fewer than 6,000 working insurance practitioners is the CII's highest level of qualification and attainment is globally recognised as an indicator of expertise and experience.

Key information

The essential facts to know about completing the Advanced Diploma.

What does this qualification involve?

The Advanced Diploma requires candidates to achieve a minimum of at least 205 credits at Diploma level or above and at least 150 at Advanced Diploma from across the CII insurance qualifications framework, providing a minimum total of 290 credits upon successful completion.

Candidates are required to take the following compulsory units:

  • (M92) Insurance business and finance (25 credits) or (530) Economics and business (30 credits); and
  • (M05) Insurance law (25 credits); and
  • One of (820) Advanced claims (30 credits) or (930) Advanced Insurance broking (30 credits); or (960) Advanced underwriting (30 credits)

There is no prescribed order in which units must be taken, but it is strongly recommended that you sit the required compulsory unit(s) first as these provide foundation knowledge upon which the others build.

For unit syllabuses, return to the Advanced Diploma in Insurance page, and click on the ‘Syllabuses’ link to the right of the page.

Overview of Advanced Diploma-level units:

Unit

Assessment format

Study hours

Credits awarded

 

 

 

 

(530) Economics and business

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(590) Principles of Takaful

·         3 hour exam comprising eight compulsory short answer questions, one case study question and three essay questions from a choice of five.

·         55% nominal pass mark

120

30

(820) Advanced claims

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(930) Advanced insurance broking

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(945) Marketing insurance products and services

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(960) Advanced underwriting

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(990) Insurance corporate management

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(991) London market insurance specialisation

·         1 10,000 – 11,000 word assignment

·         50% nominal pass mark

180

50

(992) Risk management in insurance

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(993) Advances in strategic risk management in insurance

·         3 coursework assignments up to 4,000 words

150

50

(994) Insurance market specialisation

·         1 10,000 – 11,000 word assignment

·         50% nominal pass mark

180

50

(995) Strategic underwriting

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(996) Strategic claims management

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

(997) Advanced risk financing and transfer

·         3 coursework assignments of up to 3,200 words

·         50% nominal pass mark

150

30

Coursework assessment involves the submission of three written assignments, all of which must be successfully completed to achieve a pass. 'Successful completion' is where you obtain a minimum of 50% of the available marks for each of the three assignments. There is no exam element with this course.

There is no tutor support with this option - assignments will be reviewed by a marker equivalent to an examiner, providing feedback in accordance with feedback you would receive following an exam.

Upon successful completion, a pass in the unit will be added to your CII exam record together with 30 Advanced Diploma level credits.

Coursework assessments involve the application of knowledge to work-related questions. They require you to explore issues in the workplace relevant to the unit for which you have enrolled. The aim is that you should thereafter be able to apply this learning in the workplace.

To be eligible to pass the unit, all three assignments must be completed and submitted within the twelve month enrolment period. Mid-term submission deadlines also apply to your submission of assignments one and two - please download and carefully read the guidance document to the right of this page.

Should you fail to complete and pass all three assignments within the 12 month enrolment period, your exam record will be updated with either a 'Fail' or 'Timed out' for this unit, and we will contact you to discuss further options for completing your studies.

Find out more about assessment methods, including exam policies and centres »

Units treated as equivalent

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn CII units will result in only one award of credits. 

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules. Clarification should always be sought from CII Customer Service.

Find out more about credit awards for equivalent units »

Guide for coursework trainers

Important deadlines

Important deadlines for the Advanced Diploma in Insurance qualification

Important deadlines - 2017

 

Apr 2017 exams

Oct 2017 exams

Last date for continuous assessment assignments to be with tutors UK & International 10 Mar 17 15 Sep 17
Closing date for your exam entry and payment to reach the CII at normal fee (changes to exam entries, etc. not accepted after these dates) UK & International 22 Feb 17 30 Aug 17
At late entry fee UK & International 17 Mar 17 22 Sep 17
Exam entry confirmation* Dispatched within seven working days from receipt of application
Receive your exam admission permit* Dispatched ten days before exams begin or six weeks for non-UK applicants
Exam sittings UK & International 03-05 Apr 17 09-11 Oct 17
Exam results released online** at www.cii.co.uk/results and posted to candidates.
Results are sent by 1st class post on the dates shown.
Please allow five days for delivery to a non-UK address.
UK exam centres
(Diploma/Advanced Diploma units except 590)
02 Jun 17 08 Dec 17
UK exam centres - unit 590 09 Jun 17 15 Dec 17
International exam centres (Diploma/Advanced Diploma units) 09 Jun 17 15 Dec 17
International exam centres
(Certificate units)
12 May 17 17 Nov 17
Entry for the next exam You do not have to wait for your results before entering for an exam in the next session 

 

* Please contact Customer Service if you do not receive these, either by emailing admissionpermitenquiries@cii.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 20 8989 8464. When you receive your admission permit you must read it in full and check whether any change has been made in the date or times of the units for which you have entered and that the units shown on your permit are those that you intend to sit. Please contact Customer Service immediately if there is any discrepancy.

** To access your results online you will need to be logged in to the website using your CII Permanent Identity Number (PIN) and password.

By taking a CII exam you are agreeing to the regulations stated on the exam admission permit as well as those detailed at www.cii.co.uk/exampolicies

Assessment information

It is important that candidates entering for a CII assessment familiarise themselves with our service, in particular the rules and procedures that are in place.

Insurance qualifications framework enhancements

Following the latest review of the CII insurance qualifications framework, a range of enhancements are being introduced that will take effect between now and 2018.

Syllabuses

Economics and business

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing understanding of the economic and business environment and its application to insurance. This unit would be of benefit to aspiring managers who wish to gain a greater understanding of the economic and business context in which they function.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or P92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.

Principles of Takaful

Objective

To develop in the candidate:

  • a knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of Islamic Insurance (Takaful) and its application in the global marketplace.

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Nature and principles of Islamic insurance;
  • Shariah framework of Islamic insurance;
  • Operational framework of Islamic insurance;
  • Structure of Islamic insurance markets;
  • Constraints and opportunities for Islamic insurance;
  • Way in which ethical considerations of Islamic insurance are applied and practiced.

Advanced claims

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing understanding to ensure that claims services are run in an efficient
customer‑orientated way to satisfy their various stakeholders. This unit would be of benefit to those
that are highly experienced in providing claims services and that are in or aspire to senior claims and
management positions.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus
and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study
of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P85 Claims practice or equivalent
examinations.

Advanced insurance broking

Purpose

To provide knowledge and understanding of the management and operation of insurance broking organisations.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, P05 Insurance law and P81 Insurance broking practice or equivalent examinations.

 

Marketing insurance products and services

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing the understanding of the marketing function and its application to insurance
business. This unit would be of benefit to those wishing to enhance their understanding of the development
and implementation of an effective marketing strategy.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus
and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of
the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Advanced underwriting

Purpose

This unit is about enhancing understanding of the requirements of managing overall risk exposures and
arriving at appropriate pricing to ensure fair outcomes. This unit would be of benefit to those that are highly
experienced in underwriting and that are in or aspire to senior underwriting and management positions.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge may not appear in detail within the learning outcomes but forms part of the syllabus
and may be examined. It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge of the provisions
of Financial Services Authority regulation as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P80
Underwriting practice or equivalent examinations.

Insurance corporate management

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to evaluate the following issues and concepts in relation to the management of an insurance organisation: 

  • Capital, capital adequacy and solvency rules, and their impact on insurance enterprises;
  • Management structures and organisational issues;
  • Corporate finance concepts in insurance;
  • Planning and control processes in insurance;
  • Roles of investment management and insurance regulation;
  • Challenges to insurance management.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of insurance organisations, finance and regulations as typically covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or P92 Insurance business & finance or equivalent examinations.

London market insurance specialisation

Objective

To develop in the candidate the ability to conduct rigorous insurance or reinsurance related research that contributes to the body of London Market Industry knowledge

Summary of learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question or problem in an area of interest that would be relevant to the London Insurance Market

2. Apply appropriate research methodology

3. Draft a research proposal

4. Conduct research for the dissertation

5. Write the dissertation

Purpose

To enable managers to understand the management of risk within the context of an insurance organisation.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Purpose

To explore how advances in risk management lead to improved strategic decision making in an insurance context.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the relevant sections of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Insurance market specialisation

Objective

To develop the ability to conduct rigorous insurance or reinsurance related research that contributes to the insurance industry knowledge.

Summary of learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question or problem in an area of interest that would be relevant to the London Insurance Market

2. Apply appropriate research methodology

3. Draft a research proposal

4. Conduct research for the dissertation

5. Write the dissertation

995 Strategic underwriting

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should understand the strategic context within which an underwriting function is managed.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has a grounding in underwriting gained from study of M80 Underwriting practice or 960 Advanced underwriting, and knowledge of insurance organisations, finance and regulations as typically covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, or M92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.

 

 

996 Strategic claims management

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should gain knowledge and understanding of the strategic direction and strategic leadership of claims function.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has grounding in claims gained from study of M85 Claims  practice or 820 Advanced claims, and knowledge of insurance organisations, finance and regulations as typically covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, or M92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.

 

 

997 Advanced risk financing and transfer

Purpose

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to understand the role that risk financing and risk transfer play in risk management.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has grounding in insurance gained from study of IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and M92 Insurance business and finance or equivalent examinations.