The CILA Certificate is an entry level qualification which is open to any member of the CILA. Studying for this qualification will give you a basic understanding of the insurance market, the principles of claims handling and specific claims handling issues. Attaining the Certificate qualification will provide you with an excellent foundation in claims handling and will also allow you to progress to the CILA Diploma examinations.  

The CILA Certificate qualification is provided by the CILA in conjunction with the exam facilitator Pearson Vue.

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To obtain the CILA Certificate qualification you must pass the following multiple choice exams:

CH1 - Introduction to the Insurance Industry
45 multiple choice questions in 60 minutes

CH2 - Claims Handling
45 multiple choice questions in 60 minutes

CH3 - Advanced Claims Handling (Handling Claims for Specific Losses)
45 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes*

*CH3 includes scenario based multiple choice questions and so the time allowed for this exam has been extended to 90 minutes to provide candidates with sufficient reading time. The CILA Certificate exams are computer based and can be taken at exam centres throughout the world at a date and time to suit you.

The CILA have produced learning material to help you study for the CILA Certificate exams. We estimate that if you are starting out in your career CH1 and CH2 will take you between 40 to 60 hours of study each. CH3 is likely to take 60 hours of study.

A sample of the Certificate learning material is provided below:

• CH1 - Introduction to the Insurance Industry

Studying for the Certificate CH1 paper will give you an understanding of risk and risk transfer, the different people and organisations that operate within the insurance industry and how contract law applies to insurance policies. You will also gain an insight into how a legal liability might arise and obtain an introduction to the principles of insurable interest, indemnity, proximate cause, contribution and subrogation. You will also learn about the regulation of the insurance market and important statutes.

• CH2 - Claims Handling

Studying for the Certificate CH2 paper will give you knowledge of the various elements of an insurance policy including the implications of policy conditions and warranties. You will learn definitions of the insurance perils with supporting case law. You will also gain an insight into claims validation and the mitigation of losses and learn about terms such as reasonable care and gradually operating cause. You will get an introduction to the Fraud Act 2006 and learn how to deal with aspects of policy application.

• CH3 - Advanced Claims Handling (Handling Claims for Specific Losses)

Studying for the Certificate CH3 paper will give you an introduction to more specialist areas such as business interruption claims and factors to consider when handling alternative accommodation claims. You will learn about basic building elements, common buildings damage and the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations. You will also get advice on claims handling in a catastrophe or surge situation and obtain a basic understanding of how to reserve a personal injury claim, along with an overview of the Civil Procedure Rules.

The learning material and entry for each exam are purchased together at a cost of:

CH1 = £190

CH2 = £190

CH3 = £195

Total = £575

We recommend that you purchase and complete your Certificate exams one at a time.  This is because each exam entry comes in the form of a voucher which has an expiry date.

Please note that payment is made to the exam facilitator, Pearson Vue, and not the Institute.

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. Create a Pearson VUE account. The next step is to create your own online account with the exam facilitator Pearson VUE: http://www.pearsonvue.com/cila/  Please note that you will need your CILA membership number in order to create your Pearson VUE account.

3. Purchase learning material and exam voucher. The next step is to purchase the learning material and exam voucher/s for the exam/s you wish to sit: http://www.mindhub.co.uk/category_s/100.htm

Please note that each exam voucher has an expiry date and you must sit the exam within this date.

The Certificate exams can usually be sat at an exam centre close to your home or place of work and at a time that suits you.  Simply follow the steps below to find your nearest exam centre and book your exam sitting.

1. Locate exam centre. The exam centres are provided by the exam facilitator Pearson Vue. We recommend that you check the location of Pearson Vue exam centres via the Pearson Vue website http://www.pearsonvue.com/cila/

If an exam centre is not available in your country, please contact the Institute at for further assistance.

2. Schedule your exam. When you feel ready to take an exam, you can schedule a date, time and location via the Pearson Vue website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/cila/

In attaining the CILA Certificate qualification you will also hold an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Insurance Claims Handling (QCF).

The Certificate is recognised on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 3 and has a credit value of 18.

Details of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each of the 3 examinations are available on the Ofqual website as follows:


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What our Members say

Achieving Associate status has opened many doors for me; from providing kudos within the market place to facilitating my progression within my respective company.

Richard Collison, ACILA Cert CII BDMA Ins Tech

Major Loss Adjuster, Cunningham Lindsey