1. Your commitment: The CIP program will require time, dedication, and of course, a desire to learn. Before entering the CIP program, you should be aware of the time commitment that is required for each course – students tell us they spend – on average – roughly three to five hours per week on the CIP.
2. You have options: There are a number of ways you can make the CIP work for you; for instance, some students with time restraints register in virtual courses through other Institutes in different time zones. If you prefer one format of learning over another, check out the course offerings in other Institutes/Chapters to see if they are offering a class that better suits your needs. Please remember to take local time differences into consideration when looking at virtual courses.
3. Planning is key: Some students tell us that the best way to ensure success in the program is to plan ahead. Familiarize yourself with the program: the CIP consists of 10 courses, five of which are mandatory. You will find a complete listing of exam rules and regulations on our website. Be sure to check out the program’s exemptions as well – if you hold a broker/agent’s license, a life license, or another professional designation, you may be eligible to transfer credits towards the CIP program.
Remember, we’re here to help you. If you have any questions about embarking on the path to your CIP designation, please feel free to contact your local Institute/Chapter Manager, or a member of our Member Services team.