Advanced Diploma

Overview

Advanced Diploma
Advanced Diploma

Advanced Diploma

The CILA Advanced Diploma requires you to have a thorough understanding of the principles of insurance and how these may be applied in the handling of claims.  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 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. AD1 - Application of the Principles of Insurance
3½ hour written exam comprising 5 questions from a choice of 6.

2. AD2 - Adjustment of Claims
3½ hour written exam comprising 5 questions from a choice of 6. The AD2 exam includes questions which are relevant to particular types of insurance. In advance of the exam sitting, candidates are therefore asked to select an AD2 exam paper from a choice of: Property (Domestic), Property (Commercial), Liability, Business Interruption or Subsidence or Aviation.

AD1 & AD2 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 100 to 120 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 request by emailing . We will pass your details (including confirmation of your exam entry) to the publishers Witherby who will then contact you direct to arrange payment and delivery.

• AD1 - Application of the Principles of Insurance

Studying for the AD1 paper will give you a thorough understanding of the adjustment of claims. You will learn about 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, ethics and treating the customer fairly.

• AD2 - Adjustment of Claims

Studying for the AD2 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 CDM regulations, party wall legislation, asbestos issues and wet/dry rot claims. You will learn about roles and responsibilites when Contractor Networks are engaged. In addition, you will study in depth the policy coverage and claims handling issues associated with your choice of paper.

The entry fee for each Advanced Diploma exam is £100:

AD1 = £100

AD2 = £100

Total = £200

The CILA Council have approved a change to the delivery of the examinations.  The syllabus and measurements remain the same; the examinations have been put back by two weeks to assist candidates with the change in delivery.

There are three important changes:

1) Just like the Diploma, the examinations will be computer generated and the candidates’ answers typed

2) The examinations will be taken at Pearson Vue centres

3) The date of the examinations have changed and will take place on Wednesday 17th October 2018 - we are seeking to secure other dates to be a flexible as possible.

What you can do now:

1) We have put a sample examination in the same format that you will encounter on the day.  You can access this by logging into MYCILA, clicking “Book an Exam (Start Qualification)” and then you will see “Sample Online Advanced Diploma/ACS Examination” at the bottom of the page and you can have a go by clicking “Take the Sample Online Examination”.

2) You can practice with the software and get used to the system 

What the Institute is doing now:

1) We are arranging to send you a voucher code so that you may book your sitting at the location that best suits you.   Just like the Diploma and Certificate examinations you may choose where you sit the examination.

2) We are arranging a survey from you so we may gain important feedback on the layout of the examinations.  This is most important as it means that we will be able to tailor the actual examinations based on your feedback and the advice from Bournemouth University. 

3) We are arranging a webinar to take place on Tuesday 25th September. You will be able to book your place in due course. This will be to provide greater guidance and answer any questions that you may have.

This is an exciting development and is designed on feedback we have received concerning the former examination process.

The CILA has the mantra of treating the candidate fairly.  You can be assured that the change in the delivery process will be taken into account when the results are being moderated.

Finally, should the new date not be possible for you we will use best endeavours to arrange an alternative sitting.  

We do trust that you will use the sample and I very much look forward to receiving your feedback via the Survey and Webinar.

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 only open to CILA members who hold the CILA Diploma qualification.

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.

April 2018


AD1 April 2018 questions
AD2 April 2018 questions (Aviation Paper)
AD2 April 2018 questions (Business Interruption Paper)
AD2 April 2018 questions (Liability Paper)
AD2 April 2018 questions (Property Commercial Paper)
AD2 April 2018 questions (Property Domestic Paper)
AD2 April 2018 questions (Subsidence Paper)

October 2017


C1 October 2017 questions
C2 October 2017 questions
C3 October 2017 questions (Business Interruption Paper)
C3 October 2017 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 October 2017 questions (Property Commercial Paper)
C3 October 2017 questions (Property Domestic Paper)
C3 October 2017 questions (Subsidence Paper)

April 2017


C1 April 2017 questions
C2 April 2017 questions
C3 April 2017 questions (Business Interruption Paper)
C3 April 2017 questions (Liability Paper)
C3 April 2017 questions (Property Commercial Paper)
C3 April 2017 questions (Property Domestic Paper)
C3 April 2017 questions (Subsidence Paper)

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.

 

David Walker

What our Members say

Since obtaining my Cert CILA qualification, I have a greater technical understanding of my role and have much more confidence in making claim related decisions.

David Walker, Cert CILA

Team Leader, Ryan Direct Group Limited