Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA)

As an insurance professional, customers place a lot of trust in your hands, so it's essential that you're knowledgeable and qualified. The Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) gives you a solid grounding for a successful career in insurance.

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Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) Booklet

  • Structure: 3 modules
  • Exam sittings: January, May, September
  • Fee: €295 per module + membership fee if you're not already our member. Learn more
  • How to apply: Applications for January exams will open 18 September. 
  • Course delivery: Distance learning through online study supports

Who is this qualification for?

  • School leavers and graduates looking to start a career in insurance
  • Career changers hoping to move into the insurance sector
  • New entrants who need to meet the requirements of the Central Bank's MCC
  • Grandfathered Persons looking to earn a qualification

If you've completed insurance exams or qualifications in the past, you could be entitled to exemptions from some of the APA modules. Check your exemptions

How it works

You need to complete three modules to earn the Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA).

Module structure

Once you've completed your three modules, you will earn the Professional Certificate in Insurance qualification, which is a level 7 NFQ certificate awarded by University College Dublin through The Institute of Banking College of Professional Finance.

What's next?

After you've earned the Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA), you have lots of options for your next educational step.

  • Complete 3 more modules to earn the Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP) Learn more
  • Take additional product modules either in general insurance (personal, commercial, healthcare) or in life insurance (life assurance, pensions, loans, savings & investments) to earn additional APA designations. Learn more

Start your APA  

To get started, you'll need to become a member before you can register for your first exam. 


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