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Enhancing technical knowledge and understanding


The Diploma in Insurance is a technical and supervisory qualification for insurance staff working across all sectors of the industry, and the logical progression from the Certificate in Insurance.

The Diploma will provide you with a firm understanding of insurance fundamentals and will enable you to build towards advanced technical knowledge, thereby ensuring you have the means to function effectively in a challenging environment.

Read the Diploma in Insurance specification

Who it's for

  • Insurance technicians and those who aspire to be technicians.
  • Supervisors, team leaders and those with long-term ambitions of assuming managerial responsibilities.
  • Anyone wishing to hold a recognised, respected insurance qualification.
  • Insurance staff employed in support functions wishing to develop their knowledge of the business.
  • Those wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding as part of a progression towards completion of the Advanced Diploma in Insurance and Chartered status.

Recognition of prior learning

Before starting 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 »

Completion requirements

To complete the Diploma in Insurance you must obtain a minimum of 120 CII credits with at least 90 credits at Diploma level or above.

The following compulsory unit requirements apply:

  • (M92) Insurance business and finance or (530) Economics and business (Advanced Diploma in Insurance unit); and
  • (M05) Insurance law.

We do recommend that all Diploma entrants also sit unit (IFI) Insurance, legal and regulatory, as this covers the workings of the market, including the legal and regulatory framework and the essentials of insurance practice. Read the ‘Key information’ overlay to the right of this page for details.

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

Assessment method

Find out more about assessment, including policies and important dates »

Learning support

Each qualification unit comes with a study package included, equipping you with the essential tools to support core learning. For a single fee, study packages typically include: study text, assessment entry and access to RevisionMate our online study tool.

We also offer additional study materials to support individual learning. These range from key fact booklets and next-edition study texts, to question packs and Learn interactive tutorials.

For full availability, click the unit links to the right of this page.

Introduction

CII qualifications involve the completion of one or more units, each covering an individually assessed topic. Assessment methods vary and depend on a unit's level and subject matter.


Study and assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam - Study is based on a specified enrolment period, from 01 January – 31 December. MCQ exams are available weekly at UK and select non-UK online exam centres, or twice-yearly in April and October at non-UK paper-based exam centres.
  • Written exams - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Written exams are held twice-yearly in April and October, with the exception of unit R06 which is tested four times-yearly, at UK and non-UK exam centres.
  • Coursework assessment - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Three written assignments, each typically between 2,000 - 3,000 words, need to be passed.
    Download Insurance Coursework assessment guidelines and instructions »
    Download Personal Finance Coursework assessment guidelines and instructions >>
    Download Personal Finance Coursework assignment guidelines and instructions »
  • Mixed assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A combination of a single coursework assignment must be passed within the first six months and a MCQ exam passed within 18 months.
    Download Mixed Assessment guidelines and instructions »
  • Dissertation assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A dissertation, typically between 10,000 - 11,000 words, on an agreed subject must be submitted.
    Download Dissertation guidelines and instructions »

It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions. Candidates should also familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies before the assessment, and notes to results post-assessment.

This qualification in detail

Key information

What does this qualification involve?

The Diploma requires candidates to achieve a minimum of 120 credits with at least 90 credits at Diploma level or above from across the CII insurance qualifications framework.

Candidates are required to take the following compulsory units:

  • (M05) Insurance law
  • (P92/M92) Insurance business and finance; or
  • (530) Economics and business

We would recommend that all Diploma entrants also sit unit (IF1) Insurance, legal and regulatory as this covers the workings of the market, including the legal and regulatory framework and the essentials of insurance practice.

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 Diploma in Insurance page, and click on the ‘Syllabuses’ link to the right of the page.

Overview of Diploma-level units:

Unit

Assessment format

Study hours

Credits awarded

 

 

 

 

(M05) Insurance law

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(M21) Commercial insurance contract wording

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

20

(P61) Life, critical illness and disability underwriting

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

30

(P62) Life, critical illness and disability claims

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

30

(P63) Long term insurance business

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

25

(P64) Private medical insurance practice

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

25

(P66) Delegated authority

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

25

(M66) Delegated authority

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(P67) Fundamentals of risk management

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

25

(M67) Fundamentals of risk management

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(M80) Underwriting practice

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

20

(M81) Insurance broking practice

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

20

(M85) Claims practice

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

20

(P86) Personal insurances

·         2 hour exam comprising 15 short answer questions.

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

20

(M86) Personal insurances

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

20

(P90) Cargo and goods in transit insurances

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and two case study/essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100

25

(M90) Cargo and goods in transit insurances

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(P91) Aviation and space insurance

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and 2 case study-essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100-120

30

(M91) Aviation and space insurance

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

30

(M92) Insurance business and finance

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 90 minute exam comprising 25 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and 5 case studies each comprising 5 MCQs

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100

25

(M93) Commercial property and business interruption insurances

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 1 hour exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(M94) Motor insurance

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 1 hour exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(M96) Liability insurances

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 1 hour exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

25

(M97) Reinsurance

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 1 hour exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

30

(P98) Marine hull and associated liabilities

·         3 hour exam comprising 14 compulsory short answer questions and 2 case study-essay questions

·         55% nominal pass mark

100-120

30

(M98) Marine hull and associated liabilities

·         Coursework assignment with 10 compulsory short answer questions; and a 60 minute exam comprising 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

·         60% coursework nominal pass mark

·         65% exam nominal pass mark

100-120

30

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 »

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

This unit cover the following key subjects:

  • Nature and sources of law
  • Legal personality
  • Law of tort
  • Law of contract
  • Insurance contract
  • Void and illegal insurances
  • Insurance claims
  • Subrogation and contribution
  • Agency

M21 Commercial insurance contract wording

This unit covers the following key subjects:

  • Regulatory regime and market initiatives
  • Legal issues affecting insurance contracts
  • Scope, coverage and limits of insurance contract wordings
  • Main conditions applied to commercial contract wordings
  • Implications of contract wording as applied to different types of reinsurance

P61 Life, critical illness and disability underwriting

To develop underwriting skills in life, disability and critical illness insurances based upon an understanding of the major systems of the body and its diseases and of non medical risks.

P62 Life, critical illness and disability claims

To develop knowledge and skills for the assessment of life, critical illness and disability claims incorporating medical, legal and financial considerations, and the ability to apply these to claims scenarios.

P63 Long term insurance business

To develop in the candidate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the long-term insurance market.

 

P64 Private medical insurance practice

To provide an understanding of the principles and practices of private medical insurance (PMI) and the ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations.

P66 Delegated authority

The objective of this unit is to develop in the candidate an understanding of delegated underwriting authority from the perspective of all participants, including the setting up, successful management and development of business.

M66 Delegated authority

The objective of this unit is to develop in the candidate an understanding of delegated underwriting authority from the perspective of all participants, including the setting up, successful management and development of business.

P67 Fundamentals of risk management

The objective of this unit is to develop in the candidate an understanding of the principles of risk management and the role of insurance within these principles.

M67 Fundamentals of risk management

The objective of this unit is to develop in the candidate an understanding of the principles of risk management and the role of insurance within these principles.

Purpose

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

  • the business, regulatory and legal environment of underwriting;
  • the main influences on underwriting strategy;
  • the principles and practices of risk pricing.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Purpose

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

• the regulatory and legal environment of insurance intermediaries and brokers;
• the role of the broker in meeting client needs and placing risks;
• the role of the broker in selecting insurers, designing insurance programmes and servicing claims;
• the other services that may be available from insurance brokers.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

Purpose

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

  • key aspects of the regulatory environment of insurance claims;
  • how to establish cover exists under the policy and how to gather information;
  • how to determine indemnity or liability;
  • how to negotiate and settle claims.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P05 Insurance law, or equivalent examinations.

P86 Personal insurances

Purpose

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

• the market practices of household insurance;
• the policy cover and rating considerations of household insurance and other personal insurances;
• the main claims procedures for personal lines;
• the main aspects of the business environment.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, and M/P05 Insurance law or equivalent examinations.



P86 Personal insurances

Purpose

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

• the market practices of household insurance;
• the policy cover and rating considerations of household insurance and other personal insurances;
• the main claims procedures for personal lines;
• the main aspects of the business environment.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory, and M/P05 Insurance law or equivalent examinations.



P90 Cargo and goods in transit insurance

Purpose

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

  • the business and legal environment of transit risks;
  • the scope of cover under cargo and goods in transit insurances;
  • the underwriting and claims procedures of cargo and goods in transit insurances.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1, Insurance, legal and regulatory, and M/P05 Insurance law, or equivalent examinations.

M90 Cargo and goods in transit insurance

Purpose

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

  • the business and legal environment of transit risks;
  • the scope of cover under cargo and goods in transit insurances;
  • the underwriting and claims procedures of cargo and goods in transit insurances.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1, Insurance, legal and regulatory, and M/P05 Insurance law, or equivalent examinations.

P91 Aviation and space insurance

Purpose

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

• the risks related to aviation insurance;
• the scope of cover of aviation insurances;
• market practices related to aviation insurance;
• particular underwriting and claims issues related to aviation insurance;
• key aspects of space insurance;
• the main features of the aviation reinsurance market.

M91 Aviation and space insurance

Purpose

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

• the risks related to aviation insurance;
• the scope of cover of aviation insurances;
• market practices related to aviation insurance;
• particular underwriting and claims issues related to aviation insurance;
• key aspects of space insurance;
• the main features of the aviation reinsurance market.

M92 Insurance business and finance

Purpose

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

• the structure of the insurance business;
• the main aspects of management and corporate governance;
• the main accounting principles and practices of insurance company accounts;
• the typical measures of the financial strength of insurance companies.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1, Insurance, legal and regulatory, or equivalent examinations.



M93 Commercial property & business interruption insurance

Purpose

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

  • the main risks to commercial property;
  • the policy cover and market practices of commercial property and business interruption insurances;
  • the risk perception, assessment and underwriting issues associated with these insurances.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory or equivalent examinations.

 

M94 Motor insurance

Purpose

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

  • the risks and legal considerations associated with motor insurance;
  • the scope of cover for motor car, motor cycle and commercial motor insurances;
  • the key market practices related to motor insurance;
  • the main underwriting considerations;
  • the claims practices related to motor insurance.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed the candidate has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P05 Insurance law or equivalent examinations.

 

 

M96 Liability insurances

Purpose

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

• the risks associated with employers' liability, public and product liability, professional indemnity and
directors' and officers' liability insurances;
• the policy cover and market practices associated with these insurances;
• the management and evaluation of liability risk;
• the main considerations of liability underwriting.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and P05 Insurance law, or equivalent examinations.

 

 

M97 Reinsurance

Purpose

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

• different types of reinsurance - facultative, proportional and non-proportional treaties;
• the global marketplace for reinsurance and main market practices;
• the main aspects of property, casualty, marine and aviation reinsurance.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that the candidate already has the knowledge gained from a study of the fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1, Insurance, legal and regulatory, and P05 Insurance law, or equivalent exams. 

 

 

P98 Marine hull and associated liabilities

Purpose

This unit is about demonstrating detailed knowledge and understanding of marine hull and associated liability risks and their insurance. This unit would be of benefit to those involved in the wider insurance
broking or other insurance related services for marine insurance and those wishing to extend their knowledge of this area.

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 fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and M/P05 Insurance law or equivalent examinations.

M98 Marine hull and associated liabilities

Purpose

This unit is about demonstrating detailed knowledge and understanding of marine hull and associated liability risks and their insurance. This unit would be of benefit to those involved in the wider insurance broking or other insurance related services for marine insurance and those wishing to extend their knowledge of this area.

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 fundamental principles of insurance as covered in IF1 Insurance, legal and regulatory and M/P05 Insurance law or equivalent examinations.