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

Quickly learn insurance fundamentals in an approachable, easy-to-follow 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 introduces you to the concepts and fundamentals that underlie the practice of insurance in Canada.

C82: General Insurance Essentials - Part 2 builds on the concepts and fundamentals introduced in Part 1, and outlines specific types of insurance, policy forms, and coverages.

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, independent study, and in-house corporate programs. For both the in-class and independent study 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.