Choosing the right education can help you get on the right career path. The Institute’s mycareer resources were designed to give you a better sense of your options in the industry. mycareer includes information on different education pathways
in the industry and how the Institute’s designation, certificate, and continuing education programs can apply to your individual career path.
Absolutely! We offer many ways for you to get your continuing education hours - including seminars and webinars, our designation and certificate programs, and our CE OnDemand online courses. Learn more about these options.
Most provinces’ broker/agent licences qualify for an exemption from the first course in the CIP program: C11: Principles and Practice of Insurance
. Other industry designations might also qualify for exemptions; for example, Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) graduates receive advanced standing, which provides even more incentive to broaden your skills, expand your knowledge and extend your network. With your CAIB licence, you are eligible for three credits to be applied to the CIP program: C11: Principles and Practice of Insurance, C130: Essential Skills for the Insurance Broker and Agent
, and one unspecified elective. Find out if you are eligible for these available CIP credits
We work closely with provincial and territorial regulators to provide you the education options you need to obtain your insurance licence - regardless of where you live and what career path you follow. Our goal is to ensure that new entrants to the industry are well-prepared for both their exam—and their career.
Students tell us that they get the best preparation for their exams from attending an in-class course. But for those who can’t make a class, we offer other options – including self-study kits, virtual classes, and online classes.
Offerings differ by province. To learn more, please visit our insurance licensing
We want new entrants to the industry to be well-prepared for both their exam—and their career.
How do we help new entrants to the industry get ready for licensing?
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Offerings differ by province. To learn more, please visit our insurance licensing
If you are applying with a university degree, your first step is to obtain a copy of your official transcript from the education institution you attended. Transcripts can take a few weeks to arrive, so we recommend allowing plenty of lead time to ensure you meet the admission and registration deadlines.
Once you have your transcript, log into your account and submit your application. You will be required to submit your official transcript from your Canadian university and pay the applicable admission fees to the Insurance Institute for review of your application.
If you are applying for admission through the Advanced CIP route, you will need to submit the FCIP Work Experience form instead of transcripts.
Written confirmation of your status will be sent to you within two weeks of the Insurance Institute’s receipt of your admission documents. Please visit the FCIP Program page for more information.
Yes, as long as your degree is reviewed by a comparative education service, such as the Comparative Education Service at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, or the World Education Service. Once the review is completed, you can submit this along with your transcript using the online application on the FCIP admission page. Students find the review process from the comparative education services varies; therefore, we recommended that you contact them to determine the review time frames.
You can apply for admission to the FCIP program if you have completed the Advanced CIP and have five years of relevant work experience. The next step is to apply for admission to the FCIP program. Once you have been admitted to the program, you may register for your first FCIP courses within the applicable registration periods. Please visit the FCIP program admission page for more detailed information.
All FCIP courses are delivered by web-enabled distance learning, supported by hard-copy materials, virtual group discussions and the guidance of an experienced facilitator. This convenient e-learning format gives you the flexibility to fit the FCIP course work around your own schedule.
For each course, you will receive a package containing your textbook(s), additional readings and a course guide. You will also be given a login for the course web page so you can view presentations, submit assignments, receive feedback, access helpful resources, and interact online with other candidates. The online courses are 10 to 12 weeks long, and students tell us they devote approximately 15 hours per week to be keep up with the readings, fully participate online and complete the assignments.
The FCIP program is the industry’s most senior qualification, and is positioned at a post-graduate university level. The curriculum is designed to give you a business education with a p&c focus, using a combination of academic and real-world learning application.
If you are a CIP graduate who doesn't meet the educational admission requirements of the FCIP, the Advanced CIP program is a good option for you. It supports the development of knowledge and skills required in the FCIP program, including business and financial acumen, strategic management, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Upon completion of all three Risk Management Certificate courses with the Institute, you will receive credit for two elective courses in the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation program. The two elective credits will be unspecified, meaning they do not represent any specific CIP elective.
Once you’ve completed your three courses, you’ll need to apply for your credits by contacting our Member Services department.
No, you can only receive the credits if you take all three courses from the Risk Management Certificate program—but there is good reason for this. The property and casualty aspect of risk has been integrated into the courses, giving them a unique insurance focus. This integration means that these courses are compatible with electives from the CIP program—something that can’t be guaranteed with other institutions. You want to receive the fullness of learning from your CIP designation, which is why credit is only allowed from Institute courses in this instance.
Risk Management courses are available in a self-directed facilitated online learning format. There are no weekly live classes, but all students follow the same weekly schedule for readings, assignments, and graded online discussions. The weekly graded learning activities provide structure, yet leave you free to log in at hours that suit your needs. The course facilitator will also provide guidance and grades student work.
Students tell us that they log into the course website at least twice a week to complete activities, in addition to their own reading and studying time.
They’ve also told us they need approximately six to eight hours per week to complete readings, learning activities and discussion.
Advanced CIP courses are available in a self-directed facilitated online learning format. There are no weekly live classes, but all students follow the same weekly schedule for readings, assignments, and graded online discussions. The weekly graded learning activities provide structure, yet leave you free to log in at hours that suit your needs. The course facilitator will also provide guidance and grades student work. Students tell us that they plan to be online at least twice a week to complete activities, in addition to their own reading and studying time. They’ve also told us they need approximately eight to ten hours per week to complete readings, learning activities and discussion.
This designation prepares CIP graduates for challenging opportunities in their field. Students who successfully complete the four Advanced CIP courses will be acknowledged at convocation with a diploma and permitted to use the post-nominal letters CIP (Adv).
Please note, the Insurance Institute no longer offers the LLQP program.
However, upon successful completion of an LLQP program from another provider, alongside receipt of your Provincial Life Licence, you are eligible for credit in C66: Financial Service Essentials.
Please note as per the syllabus, this credit will be discontinued as of December 2018.