New Diploma

Learn about the changes

New Diploma
New Diploma

New Diploma

The Institute is pleased to advise that we will be rolling out a new and improved exam process for our Diploma qualification in summer 2017. Read our FAQs below to find out how this could benefit you.

The current process requires you to successfully pass five multiple choice exams and one 3½ hour written exam. The new process will require you to successfully pass the following three exams:

1. DP1 – The Principles of Insurance - Part One
2 hour exam comprising 10 compulsory questions

2. DP2 – The Principles of Insurance – Part Two
2 hour exam comprising 10 compulsory questions

3. DP3 – Customer Service & Ethics
2 hour exam comprising 10 compulsory questions

Each exam paper will require you to provide short, essay style answers. The exams will be computer based and can be taken at exam centres throughout the world at a date and time to suit you.

The majority of the syllabus will remain the same however the new Diploma will cover the subject of business ethics. Elements that have been removed include principles of personal responsibilities, how to develop & evaluate own performance at work, principles of managing information and producing documents in a business environment.

The new Diploma syllabus will be published here shortly.

The DP1 & DP2 exams require you to undertake your own reading and research based on the syllabus. The Institute has developed study guides for the DP1 & DP2 exams and these guides will take you through each aspect of the syllabus and provide tips on where to find useful information along with the key points to focus on.

Learning material has been developed to help you study for the DP3 – Customer Service & Ethics exam.

For the new Diploma qualification we recommend that your allow 150 - 200 hours of study.

The exam entry fee for each paper is £150 and therefore the total cost for the 3 Diploma papers is £450.

The new Diploma exams will be computer based and can be taken at exam centres throughout the world at a date and time to suit you. This means that you are not restricted to the April and October exam sittings as per the current C1 written paper.

You will be able to purchase and book an exam sitting for the new computer based Diploma exams from 1st July 2017.

The application process for the Diploma exams will be simplified with the new Diploma exam process. As per the CILA Certificate exams, the new Diploma exams will all be available to purchase and book through the exam facilitator, Pearson.

We will continue to offer the existing 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 April 2017 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.