Virtual Classroom Learning



"We are a virtual class of insurance professionals sharing information and learning from each other."

Virtual Classroom Learning combines the best features of a traditional classroom with the perks of a virtual space. The typical CIP course offers real-time instruction in a virtual classroom and supplemental materials on an e-learning website. You get the convenience of learning from home along with flexibility, interactivity and support. All you need to get started is an internet connection.

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Virtual Learning is...

  • CONNECTED LEARNING. At the touch of a button you can connect with your instructor, online tutor and classmates.

  • FLEXIBLE LEARNING. Take advantage of options to access your lectures.

  • ACTIVE LEARNING. You may take part in discussion forums, game-based exercises and interactive activities.


How It Works

Our virtual classrooms operate on a web-conferencing platform. In a virtual classroom, the instructor interacts with students using text, presentations, slides, chat, and interactive icons. Students are able to ask the instructor questions and get answers in real time, as well as view the instructor and their PowerPoint slides during the seminar. Lessons vary depending on the instructor but sessions may use web cameras for face-to-face interactions, break out rooms for small group discussions, and other web tools to facilitate learning.

The virtual classroom courses are recorded and available to students for further review. Quizzes and the mid-term exam are completed online within an allocated time. There may be additional quizzes and assignments throughout the semester.

After you register, textbooks are mailed out prior to the start of the semester once there are enough registered students to run the course. Not all courses are offered virtually in all locations, but Independent study is available for courses not offered locally.

You can contact your local institute or chapter for current virtual classroom courses, schedules, and registration information. If you have any questions please speak to a Member Services Associate toll-free at 1-866-362-8585, or email us at

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What’s Included

Virtual classroom course registration fees include the following:
• Examination fee
• Cost of tuition
• Course textbook
• Online tutorials are available for most courses

Technical Requirements

• Browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari 8 or higher
• Connection: Broadband internet connection (Wi-Fi not recommended)
• Operating System Minimum Requirements: Windows 7, Mac OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, Android 4.3
• Note: For an optimal experience we recommend using the latest version of your browser.
• Note: If you are completing a quiz or activity that is graded, we recommend that you use a desktop browser.

To participate in our online courses and exams, it is strongly recommended that you have access to a personal laptop or a computer that meets the hardware, software and connectivity specifications required. Use of your employer’s equipment is not recommended, as company policies, firewalls and/or software restrictions may impede your access to needed features. To test your system specifications go to our Virtually Proctored Computer-based Examinations page.

Grading and Exams

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 class 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 class 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 virtual 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.

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Please note:

A membership to your local institute is required in addition to your course registration fees.

Withdrawal and refund policies for virtual classroom tuition are subject to the rules and guidelines of each facility or institution. For further information, please contact your local chapter or institute.

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions regarding computer or technical requirements.