GIE Program

Your Pathway to Insurance Professionalism

Whether you’re a newcomer to the industry, or in a support role within an insurance company, brokerage or adjusting firm, the General Insurance Essentials (GIE) Program gives you a solid understanding of the principles and practices of property and casualty insurance.

GIE Courses

Learn insurance fundamentals, quickly and in a plain language format. This two-course certificate program is designed to lay the groundwork for further insurance education and career development.

C81: General Insurance Essentials - Part 1 An introduction to the insurance business, you’ll learn about insurance intermediaries and insurers, common clauses and general insurance practices. The course also covers automobile insurance including third-party liability, government automobile insurance plans and much more.

C82: General Insurance Essentials - Part 2 This course delves into insurance law, contracts, the Homeowner’s policy, liability insurance, commercial coverage, reinsurance, risk management and loss prevention.

As a successful graduate of the GIE Program you’ll also be exempt from C11: Principles and Practice of Insurance towards your CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional) designation, should you decide to continue your studies. In some provinces, the GIE program is used for agent/broker and independent adjuster licensing requirements. Visit licensing for additional details.

A Dynamic Learning Experience

An online tutorial is included for both C81 and C82. The tutorial provides you with additional study aids in an interactive, web-based environment. You’ll be able to review course notes, test your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes, and post questions and comments in a discussion-group setting. An online tutor is available to respond to course-related questions.

Flexible Learning Options 

The Insurance Institute offers a variety of study methods for the GIE Program including in-class instruction, distance learning and in-house corporate programs. For both the in-class and distance learning option available through the Institute, you must be a member of a local institute of chapter to enrol. Arranged for employers, the in-house program offers instruction on-site at students' place of business. Human resource or training staff should contact the local institute or chapter or visit our Corporate Learning Solutions page to learn more about this and other learning opportunities. For complete details on all GIE learning options, refer to the syllabus below.


• Download the GIE program syllabus. (PDF, 1.8 MB)
• Learn more about the
program policies.
• See the
examination schedule.
• Look at the tuition and fees.

If you are interested in furthering your career after the GIE program, take a look at the CIP Program.  

The GIE Program.
Your Pathway to Insurance Professionalism.