CII Certificate in Insurance

When it comes to CII qualifications, it’s a journey that is a bit complicated. You need to consider several things like which modules you need to do and in which order to achieve your goal. It is not always that straightforward. In this section, We will give some points on what module you want to do and how you will be tested based on the levels. We will start looking at CII Certificate in Insurance first and then diplomas.

CII Certificate in insurance 

The CII Certificate in insurance is basically equivalent to an A level in terms of academic levels. It consists of 3 multiple choice exams. The is one major consideration that influences what exam you do when doing your CII certificate, and this is whether you work in the London market or not.   

London Market

If you work in the London market, you Will need to do the following exams to get your CII certificate. 

  1. London Market 1 exam (LM1)
  2. London Market 2 exam (LM2)
  3. London Market 3 exam (LM3)

The 3 London market exams deal mostly with Subscription markets and Considerations that come with specialty risks and Lloyd’s market. 

LM 1 and LM 2 do actually have a bit of crossover together, so it’s always advisable to book LM2 immediately after you pass your LM1 when the content you have learned is still fresh in your mind. 

London Market 3 has a small amount of cross-over, unlike LM1 and LM2. London Market 3 is more detailed and seeks to fill in the gaps left by the first two exams.

Non-London Market 

The first module in the Non-London Market certificate is the IFS1 (Insurance, Legal and Regulatory.

IFS1 is the only compulsory module for the Non-London Market certificate. After finishing with IFS1, you have the freedom to choose any other two modules you want. Most students find IFS1 to be a challenging module because it is quite a big module because it has a lot of content, and it has a very tricky exam.


After IFS1 is done the student gets to choose 2 other modules. One advantage of a CII certificate is that there are a lot of options available.

Generally, for most students, Insurance Underwriting Process (IF3) is a good second module. Once you have done the second option, the best option for the third module is the one that is closest to your role or interest from the following list. 

Certificate modules

Unit Credit Level
General Insurance Business (IF2) 15 3
Insurance Underwriting Process (IF3) 15 3
Insurance Claims Handling Process (IF4) 15 3
Motor insurance products (IF2) 15 3
Household insurance products (IF6) 15 3
Healthcare insurance products(IF7) 15 3
Packaged commercial insurances(IF8) 15 3
Customer service in insurance(IF9) 15 3
Insurance broking fundamentals(I10) 15 3
Introduction to risk management(I11) 15 3
Group risk(GR1) 15 3
Financial protection(R05) 15 3
London market underwriting principles(LM3) 15 3
Insurance Claims Handling (non-UK) (WCE) 15 3
Insurance claims handling (non-UK) – Arabic (WCA) 15 3
Insurance Underwriting (non-UK) (WUE) 15 3
Insurance underwriting (non-UK) – Arabic (WUA) 15 3
Award in Customer Service in Insurance (non-UK) (W04) 15 3
Motor Insurance Claims and Underwriting (India) (IMU) 15 3
Motor Insurance Products and Policies (India) (IMP) 15 3

Prior Learning Credits 

40 Credits is the magic number needed to get the CII certificate in insurance.  If you have done a degree in a module that has some overlap, you can apply to be given some credits in the CII. Mostly this is common with business degrees or legal degrees. These credits are assigned to modules, for example, business and economics. Prior learning credits may also be given based on a professional course you have done. Most students who get Prior learning credits, get their certificate after passing IF1. 

Assessment Methods

For certificates, the assessment method is multiple choice Exams. The exams have different structures. Some are just questions and choices. Others have scenarios/case-study which the student has to read and answer the questions.

Time Frame to complete the CII certificate    

Generally, it’s advisable to get through the 3 modules with good momentum for both the London market and non-market. You should not take long breaks between modules. Generally one should give himself a time frame of between 4 to 6 months is ideal to finish the three modules. 

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