Diploma

Overview

Diploma
Diploma

Diploma

The CILA Diploma requires you to develop an in depth understanding of the principles of insurance, along with comprehensive knowledge of the insurance market. Your growth as a claims professional will further be enhanced by studying the essential subjects of customer service and ethics.

Successful attainment of the CILA Diploma will also enable you to progress to the CILA Advanced Diploma exams.

The CILA Diploma qualification is provided by the CILA in conjunction with the exam facilitator, Pearson VUE.

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

  1. DP1 - The Principles of Insurance 1
    2 hour exam comprising 10 compulsory questions which require short essay style answers

  2. DP2 - The Principles of Insurance 2
    2 hour exam comprising 10 compulsory questions which require short essay style answers

  3. DP3 – Customer Service & Ethics
    2 hour exam comprising 10 compulsory questions which require short essay style answer

The CILA Diploma exams are computer based and can be taken at exam centres throughout the world at a date and time to suit you.

Entry to the Diploma exams is open to CILA members who hold the CILA Certificate or any of the following qualifications:

Chartered Insurance Institute - Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII)

Chartered Insurance Institute - Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII)

Chartered Insurance Institute – Fellowship (FCII)

Insurance Institute of Ireland - Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP)

Malaysian Insurance Institute - Diploma (DMII)

Singapore College of Insurance - Diploma in General Insurance and Risk Management (DGIRM)

Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance – Diploma of General Insurance

The Institute will also consider entry based on other academic or professional qualifications depending on their relevance and level of study, including professional qualifications which are attained outside of the UK. Enquiries should be submitted by email to and include full details of the qualifications you would like considered.

Candidates who hold one or more of the following qualifications are able to obtain an exemption from the exams, DP1 – The Principles of Insurance 1 and DP2 – The Principles of Insurance 2:

Chartered Insurance Institute - Diploma in Insurance (Dip CII)

Chartered Insurance Institute - Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII)

Chartered Insurance Institute – Fellowship (FCII)

Insurance Institute of Ireland - Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP)

Malaysian Insurance Institute - Diploma (DMII)

Singapore College of Insurance - Diploma in General Insurance and Risk Management (DGIRM)

Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance – Diploma of General Insurance

To apply for these exemptions please send the Institute a copy of the certificate which evidences your qualification and a payment of £120 (an exemption fee of £60 applies to each exam).

The DP1 and DP2 exams require you to undertake your own reading and research in preparation for the exams. There is a syllabus for each paper along with two recommended text books, Property Insurance Law and Claims and Law Made Simple. To help get you started the Institute has also produced a study guide which includes useful tips regarding the syllabus and suggestions for study.

Bespoke learning material on the subjects of customer service and business ethics has been developed to help you study for the DP3 exam. When purchasing your entry to a Diploma exam, you will be able to download the associated study guide or learning material from the Pearson VUE website.

We recommend that allow between 50 to 60 hours of study for each Diploma paper.

  • DP1 – The Principles of Insurance 1
    Studying for the Diploma DP1 paper will develop your understanding of utmost good faith, duty of fair presentation, insurable interest and indemnity. You will also learn about claim procedures such as onus of proof, acceptance forms, forms of discharge, assignment, mandates and validation of quantum. You will gain knowledge of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) handbook and the role of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB). You will also study the law of contract, including terms such as contra proferentem rule, offer, acceptance and consideration. You will develop your understanding of torts including negligence, nuisance and trespass and be able to define risk, peril and moral and physical hazard. You also study legislation relevant to insurance.

    Syllabus for Diploma DP1 exam

  • DP2 – The Principles of Insurance 2
    Studying for the Diploma DP2 paper will develop your understanding of proximate cause, subrogation and contribution. You will also learn the legal principles relating to transfer of ownership of property and goods. You will develop your knowledge of how the insurance market operates including the functions of loss adjusters, loss assessors, underwriters, intermediaries, the FCA, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and risk managers. You will also study legislation relevant to insurance, including the Fraud Act 2006, the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016 and the Fires Prevention (Metropolis) Act 1774.

    Syllabus for Diploma DP2 exam

  • DP3 – Customer service & Ethics
    Studying for the Diploma DP3 paper will give you an understanding of the importance of good customer service and sound business ethics in a loss adjusting context. You will study the subject of customer service, when it takes place, its benefits and different forms. You will also learn how to measure and manage service quality, including response to complaints. You will gain knowledge of SERVQUAL, the Consumer Rights Act 2015, the FCA and Treating Customers Fairly. You will study ethical theories and explore ethical decision making and ethical dilemmas. You will also learn how ethical organisations are built in a diverse and global environment, including aspects such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and whistleblowing.

    Syllabus for Diploma DP3 exam

The entry fee for each Diploma exam is £150:

DP1 = £150

DP2 = £150

DP3 = £150

Total = £450

We recommend that you purchase your Diploma exam entries 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.

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  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. You do this through the Pearson VUE website at http://www.mindhub.co.uk/

Please note that each exam voucher has an expiry date and the associated exam must be booked and taken before this expiry date. Failure to do so will require repurchase of the voucher at full cost.

The Diploma 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/

We will continue to offer the pre July 2017 Diploma exam structure for a limited period and so you will have the opportunity to complete the qualification on this basis.

The last sitting for the C1 written exam paper will be Tuesday 3rd October 2017 and the last sitting for the five multiple choice computer based exams will be 31st December 2017. (Remember that if you wish to sit the C1 written exam in October you will need to contact the Institute by 31st July 2017.)

Option to sit the new DP1 and DP2 exams rather than the C1 exam

You can choose to sit the new DP1 and DP2 computer based exams rather than the C1 written paper. The exam entry fees for the new DP1 and DP2 exams will be £150 per exam however if you have already purchased the Diploma exam package at £275 you will not incur any additional fees if you sit the DP1 and DP2 computer based exams before 30th April 2018. After this time you will need to purchase the DP1 and DP2 exam entry at their full cost of £150 each.

Please note that if you have already booked the C1 examination for October 2017 as part of the Diploma exam package and wish to cancel in order to sit DP1 and DP2, you will need to pay £50 per exam (i.e £100 total) to sit these exams before 30th April 2018.

These discounted fees will also apply if you are resitting the C1 written exam paper as the new DP1 and DP2 computer based exams before 30th April 2018.

Five multiple choice exams to be completed by 31st December 2017

With regard to the five multiple choice computer based Diploma exams we recommend that you complete these by 31st December 2017 because they will be unavailable after this date.

If you are unsuccessful in completing these exams by 31st December 2017 you will be required to purchase and complete the new DP3 computer based exam at a cost of £150 in order to attain the Diploma qualification.

Here is a test quiz to see how far you have progressed in your studies. The subject is negligence. The aim of the quiz is to help you appreciate the depth of knowledge you are expected to gain. The Diploma exams will require you to provide short essay style answers but for ease the test quiz questions are multiple choice and will give you an immediate score:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DP1-Negligence

A test quiz for DP2 is also available.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DP2PropertyLaw

Sample questions are also available:

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