Qualifications: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we regularly receive regarding qualifications.

If you have a question, give us a call on 01 645 6670 or email memberservices@iii.ie

Qualifications: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for a qualification?

    First, you'll need to become a member – learn more here

    Once you're all signed up, follow these steps:

    • Log in to the Member Area
    • Click 'Apply/Renew here' 
    • Apply for your module
    • Once your application is completed, you'll gain access to study supports in your Member Area. 

    If you have any queries please call Member Services on 01 645 6670 or email memberservices@iii.ie

  • What is the difference between a qualification and a designation?

    A qualification is an academic award conferred by an educational body e.g. the Certificate in Insurance Practice is awarded by ATU Sligo. Holders of an academic qualification have successfully completed a particular course of study, but this does not automatically mean that they are competent to practice a trade or profession – that's where the designation comes in.

    The term designation refers to the letters you are entitled to use after your name following successful completion of a qualification i.e. Jane Smith, CIP. It indicates to customers, colleagues and employers that you are a compliant insurance professional who has maintained your knowledge after you've completed your studies.

    Your designation can be removed if you fail to comply with certain conditions,such as maintaining membership of The Insurance Institute and complying with CPD requirements.

    The Central Bank of Ireland’s Minimum Competency Code 2017 (MCC) details the regulatory requirements for CPD which must be met in order for professionals to be deemed compliant. Compliance with these requirements is also necessary in order to maintain any designation awarded by The Insurance Institute.

    Learn more about CPD

  • What is an exemption?

    If you successfully completed insurance or business exams in the past, you may be entitled to exemptions. If you are awarded an exemption for a particular module, you will not have to sit the relevant exam to secure the qualification.

    If you think you may be entitled to exemptions, you can check your eligibility using our handy exemptions checker

  • How do I apply for an exemption?

    You must apply for exemptions before starting your new qualification – once you register for a module or take an exam, exemptions cannot be granted.

    Download and complete the 'exemptions application' form and return it to Member Services, The Insurance Institute, Insurance Centre, 5 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin 1 with your original academic transcript. Original transcripts are returned in due course along with notification of any exemptions that have been granted.

    Learn more