Beyond the CIP Program


Are there current graduates of the program I could connect with?

The graduate community of our organization is called the CIP Society and consists of well over 18,000 designates. We are thrilled to report that our community is rapidly growing, thanks to an increasing number of new graduates and a program that is continuously advancing and excelling in education standards, experiences, and ethics.

We also have an array of regular events, seminars, published articles, and networking events where fellow graduates have the opportunity to connect with one another on the most up-to-date changes, information and resources in the industry. Contact your local institute or chapter manager to find out ways of connecting with fellow graduates.

When can I begin using my CIP designation?

When you successfully complete your final exam in the CIP program, you may be anxious to know when you can begin using your CIP designation. You need to have fulfilled at least one year of full-time employment in the general insurance, life insurance, or related financial services industries, and passed the five mandatory, three applied and two elective courses required to make up your CIP designation. 

You will be mailed a letter from the CEO of the Insurance Institute congratulating you on your achievement approximately six weeks from the date all grades have been released per semester. Please ensure you have your employer listed on your online member account as this information is used to determine your work experience.

Did you know that as a professional association, the Insurance Institute has a Board of Governors that meet twice annuallyonce in May for the Insurance Institute of Canada Executive Meeting, and once in October for the Annual General Meeting? At each of these meetings, the board elects new CIP graduates; meaning that after students successfully complete their final exam, they will be “elected” as a graduate at one of these two meetings. Students who successfully complete their exams in the stated exam sessions, are permitted to begin using their CIP designation on the following dates:

• December exam session – June 1
• April exam session – June 1
• July exam session – November 1