Making the decision to pursue your first insurance designation

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Are you already in the p&c insurance industry and know you want to stay?

Have you identified insurance as an industry that you want to enter?

You may be thinking about education options to assist you to reach your career goals.


A designation signifies that you have specialist education and demonstrates your commitment to the field. Employers are also looking to see credentials as they fill the many positions in the dynamic p&c industry.

But which designation is the right one for you? If you are looking for a comprehensive, well-rounded learning experience that concentrates on fundamental p&c knowledge, then the Chartered Insurance Professional designation program could be for you.

Whether you are a broker, agent, underwriter, adjuster, actuary or new to the industry, the CIP program offers a broad range of courses that will give you the essential knowledge you need, and help you deliver the best value and service to your customers.

If you decide to pursue your CIP designation, there are many tools available to assist you to get to graduation day and expedite your future career enhancements:

• Transfer Credits – Are you already licensed to be a broker or agent? Have your CAIB designation? You may be eligible for an exemption from one or more CIP courses – you’ll get to the finish line that much faster.

• Flexible learning options – We know that everyone learns differently, and busy lives require flexible time schedules. That’s why we offer you the option of taking your CIP courses in three different ways – distance learning, in-class or virtually. Each will give you the knowledge you need to succeed, in a format that suits you. Additionally, your local institute or chapter may offer condensed learning formats such as weekend warrior or one-week courses.

• Tailored courses for your career – The knowledge and technical skills you need to succeed in your career are as varied as the many career paths within the p&c industry. The three applied professional stream of courses for brokers, underwriters, and claims professionals will give you the competitive edge you need to succeed—whether you choose to specialize in one of these main industry career paths, or pick and choose courses that meet your interest.

• Study aids – We know you’re busy. Between work commitments and personal responsibilities, finding the time to study efficiently can sometimes be difficult. With the CIP, you can take advantage of the online tutorials and dictionary of insurance to help you get the most out your study time. Prepare more effectively for your exam by being familiar with the exam formats and general tips on how to best write your CIP exam.

• If you have pressing questions about completing your designation, need tips and advice about how to succeed, or even want to hear from other CIP students and graduates, make sure you also check out Ask the Institute. It will tell you what you need to know!

Whatever your choice, remember that education in our ever-changing insurance industry is imperative – especially if you want to grow your career. We wish you all the best.

Posted by Insurance Institute of Canada on 1/10/2016