Advanced Diploma

Overview

Advanced Diploma
Advanced Diploma

Advanced Diploma

The CILA Advanced Diploma is recognised as a high level claims qualification which will undoubtedly highlight your knowledge and expertise and will therefore provide opportunities to further advance your career. This qualification provides you with the opportunity to specialise in the adjustment of a specific type of claim, from a choice of: Property (Domestic), Property (Commercial), Liability, Business Interruption, Subsidence or Aviation. The Advanced Diploma is perfect for those who wish to demonstrate the knowledge to handle more complex claims as part of their career progression.

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To obtain the CILA Advanced Diploma qualification you must pass the following exams:

1. C1 - The Principles of Insurance
3½ hour written exam comprising 5 compulsory questions

2. C2 - Application of the Principles of Insurance
3½ hour written exam comprising 5 questions from a choice of 6.

3. C3 - Adjustment of Claims
3½ hour written exam comprising 3 compulsory questions and 2 questions from a choice of 3. The C3 exam includes questions which are relevant to particular types of insurance. In advance of the exam sitting, candidates are therefore asked to select a C3 exam paper from a choice of: Property (Domestic), Property (Commercial), Liability, Business Interruption or Subsidence.

C1, C2 & C3 exam sittings are held in April and October at various locations throughout the world.

The CILA Advanced Diploma qualification requires you to undertake your own reading and research in preparation for the exams. There is a syllabus for each paper and we recommend that you use this as the framework for your study. To help get you started the Institute provides a recommended reading list. We would also encourage you to review past papers which are published below.

We recommend that you allow between 45 to 65 hours of study for each paper.

CILA text books can be purchased from our publishers, Witherby at http://www.witherbyinsurance.com/categories/loss-adjusting.html

The recommended exam text book, Property Insurance Law and Claims, can be purchased at a discounted price of £30 if you entered to sit a CILA exam. Please email with your full name and details of the CILA exam/s you have entered.

• C1 - The Principles of Insurance

Studying for the C1 paper will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of fair presentation, insurable interest, proximate cause, indemnity, contribution and subrogation. You will also learn the legal principles relating to the transfer of ownership of real property and goods. You will gain an understanding of claim procedures such as onus of proof and forms of discharge and learn about the operation of the insurance market, including the role of professional bodies and regulatory authorities. You will study risk, perils, moral and physical hazard and understand the law of contract, torts and their defences. You will learn pertinent legal cases and gain knowledge of legislation such as the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure & Representations) Act 2012.

• C2 - Application of the Principles of Insurance

Studying for the C2 paper will give you a thorough understanding of the adjustment of claims. You will learn about fire and security plans and reports, warranties in fire and theft policies and special perils extensions. You will study the principle of subrogation and appropriate rights of recovery, such as negligence, nuisance, trespass, contract and statutory. You also will gain an understanding of different legal entities and explore various aspects of policy cover, for example, first loss policies and average conditions. You will research the practical application of typical domestic insurance policies and learn procedures relating to the investigation of extent of loss and validation of quantum. You will also gain an understanding of arbitration, the Financial Ombudsman Service and ethical decision making.

• C3 - Adjustment of Claims

Studying for the C3 paper will further develop your understanding of adjustment of claims. You will learn about the reinstatement memorandum, day one reinstatement memorandum, public authorities’ clauses, contract price clause, professional fees clause, debris removal clauses and appreciation in value clause (escalator). You will also gain an understanding of business interruption cover, the different types of claim that can arise and methods of calculation. You will research building construction and obtain knowledge of JCT Minor Works Building Contract, CDM regulations, party wall legislation, asbestos regulations and wet/dry rot claims. You will learn about the methods and principles for calculating indemnity for items such as machinery and plant, manufacturers work in progress and stock. In addition, you will study in depth the policy coverage and claims handling issues associated with your choice of paper.

The exam entry fee for each paper is £100.

The CILA Advanced Diploma exams can be sat at a range of exam centres throughout the world. Candidates who are based in the UK and Ireland may choose their preferred exam centre from the following options: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Manchester and the Southampton area. Candidates who are based overseas may indicate their preferred location to sit an exam and the Institute will work with them to agree an appropriate location taking account of other candidates within their country, venue facilities and exam invigilators.

There are two exam sittings per year for the CILA Advanced Diploma exams, one in April and one in October.

April 2017 Advanced Diploma exam dates

C1 and C2 - Tuesday 4 April 2017

C1 9.30am - 1.00pm
C2 2.00pm - 5.30pm

C3 - Wednesday 5 April 2017

C3 9.30am - 1.00pm

October 2017 Advanced Diploma exam dates

C1 and C2 - Tuesday 3 October 2017

C1 9.30am - 1.00pm
C2 2.00pm - 5.30pm

C3 - Wednesday 4 October 2017

C3 9.30am - 1.00pm

1. CILA membership. Please note that you can only attain a CILA qualification if you are a member of the CILA. If you are not already a member, please apply for CILA membership via the following link: https://online.cila.co.uk/login/login.asp

2. Entry Requirements. Entry to the Advanced Diploma exams is open to CILA members who hold any of the following qualifications: Cert CILA, Dip CILA, Dip CII, ACII or FCII. The Institute will also consider entry based on other academic or professional qualifications depending on their relevance and level of study. Enquiries should be submitted by email to and include full details of the qualification you would like considered.

3. Book an Exam. When you feel ready to take an exam, you can book a sitting online at: https://online.cila.co.uk/login/login.asp

Simply login using your My CILA account and follow the link to book an exam. In the event that you do not have a My CILA account you can create one by clicking the following link: https://online.cila.co.uk/login/register_user.asp

Please note that exam bookings must be made by 31st January for the April exam sitting and 31st July for the October exam sitting.

October 2016

C1 October 2016 questions
C1 October 2016 examiner's comments
C2 October 2016 questions
C2 October 2016 examiner's comments
C3 October 2016 questions (Aviation Paper)
C3 October 2016 questions (Business Interruption Paper)
C3 October 2016 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 October 2016 questions (Property Commercial Paper)
C3 October 2016 questions (Property Domestic Paper)
C3 October 2016 questions (Subsidence Paper)

April 2016

C1 April 2016 questions
C2 April 2016 questions
C3 April 2016 questions (Commercial Property Paper)
C3 April 2016 questions (Domestic Property Paper)
C3 April 2016 questions (Aviation Paper)
C3 April 2016 questions (BI Paper)
C3 April 2016 questions (Liability Paper)

October 2015

C1 October 2015 questions
C1 Examiner's Comments
C2 October 2015 questions
C2 Examiner's Comments
C3 October 2015 questions (BI Paper)
C3 October 2015 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 (Liability Paper) Examiner's Comments
C3 October 2015 questions (Commercial Property Paper)
C3 October 2015 questions (Domestic Property Paper)
C3 October 2015 questions (Subsidence Paper)

April 2015

C1 April 2015 questions
C1 April 2015 Examiner’s Comments
C2 April 2015 Questions
C2 April 2015 Examiner’s Comments
C3 April 2015 questions (BI Paper)
C3 April 2015 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 April 2015 questions (Property Commercial Paper)
C3 April 2015 Examiner’s Comments (Property Commercial Part 2)
C3 April 2015 questions (Property Domestic Paper)
C3 April 2015 Examiner’s Comments (Property Domestic Part 1 & Part 2)
C3 April 2015 questions (Subsidence Paper)
C3 April 2015 Examiner’s Comments (Subsidence Part 2)

October 2014

C1 October 2014 questions
C2 October 2014 questions
C3 October 2014 questions (BI Paper)
C3 October 2014 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 October 2014 questions (Commercial Property Paper)
C3 October 2014 questions (Domestic Property Paper)
C3 October 2014 questions (Subsidence Paper)

April 2014

C1 April 2014 questions
C2 April 2014 questions
C3 April 2014 questions (BI Paper)
C3 April 2014 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 April 2014 questions (Commercial Property Paper)
C3 April 2014 questions (Domestic Property Paper)

October 2013

C1 October 2013 questions
C2 October 2013 questions
C3 October 2013 questions (BI Paper)
C3 October 2013 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 October 2013 questions (Commercial Property Paper)
C3 October 2013 questions (Domestic Property Paper)

April 2013

C1 April 2013 questions
C2 April 2013 questions
C3 April 2013 questions (BI Paper)
C3 April 2013 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 April 2013 questions (Commercial Property Paper)
C3 April 2013 questions (Domestic Property Paper)

Further past examination papers are available from the Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A marking scheme for the Advanced Diploma exams is available to download. Please note that this scheme is for guidance only and is intended to give an indication of the level of performance required to obtain each grade.

The Recommended Reading List contains a list of books and publications for all subjects.

 

Chris Smith

What our Members say

Aspiring for Associate status really focused my mind on what it is to be a loss adjuster. Through exploration and research of the syllabus, I was able to apply such learning daily, providing more confidence and weight to the decisions I make.

Chris Smith, ACILA

Commercial Property Adjuster, Cunningham Lindsey