Classroom Learning

Classroom instruction is offered through local institutes, chapters, some community colleges, and universities across the country. Courses include approximately 36 hours of instruction. During the semester students complete assignments, quizzes, and a mid-term examination, which are combined in a final term mark. A student’s final course grade is based on a combination of the term mark and the final examination mark.

How It Works

After you have registered, you are welcome to pick up your textbook in person at your local institute prior to the beginning of the course. Depending on the number of students and the availability of instructors, not all courses will be offered as classroom learning in all locations. Independent study is available for courses not offered locally. 

Contact your local institute or chapter for current classroom learning courses, schedule, locations, textbook distribution, and registration information. If you have any questions or there's anything the Insurance Institute can help you with, please speak to a Member Services Associate toll-free at 1-866-362-8585, or email us at

Please note that withdrawal and refund policies for classroom tuition are subject to the rules and guidelines of each facility or institution. The Insurance Institute will withdraw the examination registration and refund the fee if notice is received prior to the exam entry deadline for the appropriate session. The refund will be less an administration charge of $50.00 plus GST or HST. No refunds will be made after the exam entry deadline. Late-entry and extra-late-entry fees are non-refundable.

What’s Included

Classroom learning registration fees include the following:

• Examination fee
• Cost of tuition
• Course textbook
• Student Resource Guide: Self-Assessment and Practice Workbook (Mandatory and Applied Professionals Courses)
• Online Tutorial (Mandatory and Applied Professionals Courses)

Please note that a membership to your local institute is required in addition to your course registration fees.


For every CIP course (other than independent study courses), there is a class mark out of 100 and the final exam is out of 200. The class mark is always made up of a mid-term mark out of 60, and the remainder of the marks are made up of a combination of quizzes, assignments, and participation at the instructor’s discretion. Your instructor will provide you with a course outline at the first class and advise you on how 40% of your class mark will be allocated.

You must achieve a minimum mark of 55% on the final examination and a minimum combined classroom mark and final exam mark of 180 to pass the course. To obtain Honours, an overall course grade of 80% (240) is needed, including a minimum final exam mark of 160 out of 200.

For example, if you receive a classroom mark of 70% and a final exam mark of 106, your final mark will be 176/300 or 59%. You will not receive a passing mark, as the combined total of your grades is not above 180 marks. Your course grade will be an “X”.

Rewrite exams become the sole determinants of students’ final grades; the classroom marks will not be carried over. Rewrite exams are to be written in the next session. Permission must be obtained from the Registrar to defer the exam rewrite. Refer to the examinations section for information pertaining to rewrites.

Classroom and Independent Study: Transfer Options

The local Insurance Institutes develop long-term schedules of CIP courses to help students to plan their education. These schedules are subject to change, however, if suitable instructors cannot be identified or if students do not register in sufficient numbers. To avoid missing the opportunity to write an examination in these circumstances, students may register in an independent study course and transfer to a classroom course, for the same subject, later in the session without incurring administration charges.

Two conditions apply:

1. The classroom final examination must be scheduled for the same session as the independent study course examination.

2. The student must pay the tuition cost of the classroom course but will not be required to pay the examination fee or purchase the text, as the independent study course fee includes both these items.

The Institute will refund the tuition portion of the independent study course fee. Transferring to independent study registration from a classroom course is not permitted. Contact our Member Services team if you’d like more information on the transfer option.

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