Advanced Diploma


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.  It also provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a type of claim, from a choice of: Property (Domestic), Property (Commercial), Liability, Business Interruption or Subsidence. The Advanced Diploma is perfect for those who wish to handle more complex claims as part of their career progression.

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

1. AD1 - Application of the Principles of Insurance
3½ hour computer based essay exam comprising 5 questions from a choice of 6.

2. AD2 - Adjustment of Claims
3½ hour computer based essay 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. All CILA exams are sat using a computer and you simply book your exam sitting for a date and time that suits you.

Entry to the Advanced Diploma exams is open to CILA members who hold the CILA Diploma, or to any member who has passed one of the former Advanced Diploma exams (C1, C2 and C3) in the previous 6 years.

There are no exemptions available for either of the Advanced Diploma exams (AD1 and AD2).

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, which you can download from the menu on the right.

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

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.

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.

• AD1 - Application of the Principles of Insurance

Studying for the AD1 exam will give you a thorough understanding of the appropriate processes to investigate, manage, quantify, validate and resolve claims, whilst applying the principles of insurance including insurable interest, indemnity, proximate cause, contribution and subrogation. You will investigate the cover that is provided by typical domestic and commercial Perils based and All Risks policies. You will learn about warranties, policy extensions and the application of average. You will examine how to validate a loss and address issues such as diminution in market value. You will research cyber insurance cover and learn about policies such as First Loss. You will also gain an understanding of dispute resolution and study the principles of ethics and Fair Treatment of Customers.

• AD2 - Adjustment of Claims

Studying for the AD2 exam will further develop your understanding of how to manage and settle claims in a just and fair manner. You will hone your ability to explain and support your rationale for settlement proposals. You will thoroughly understand typical policy wordings for elements such as the reinstatement memorandum and public authorities’ clauses. You will also gain an understanding of business interruption (BI) cover and the components of BI claim calculations. You will research building construction and obtain knowledge of CDM regulations, party wall legislation, asbestos management and the engagement of Contractor Networks. You will also explore how cyber cover operates. In addition, you will study the policy coverage and claims handling issues associated with your choice of exam.

The entry fee for each Advanced Diploma exam is £200:

AD1 = £200

AD2 = £200

Total = £400

We recommend that you purchase your Advanced 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.

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:

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

3. Purchase exam voucher(s). You can then purchase the exam voucher(s) for the examination(s) you wish to sit. You do this through the Pearson Vue online shop which is called Mindhub:

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 CILA Advanced Diploma examinations can be sat at one of the following locations:

At a Pearson Vue test centre
Pearson Vue test centres are located throughout the world and you can find your nearest test centre by visiting the Pearson Vue website at: If a test centre is not available in your country, please contact the Institute at for further assistance.

You may find it useful to watch a short video by Pearson Vue on “What to expect in a Pearson Vue test centre” before sitting an examination in a Pearson Vue test centre:

At home or in your office.
Pearson Vue also offer the option to sit a CILA examination at home or in your office using an online invigilation service called OnVUE. An online invigilator will observe and monitor your exam through specialist software and the webcam and microphone on your computer.

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the OnVUE system requirements, policies and procedures before selecting this method of examination. Detailed information can be found on the Pearson Vue website at:

Booking your exam
When you feel ready to take your exam (whether at a test centre, at home or your office), you can schedule the date, time and location via the Pearson VUE website:

You may wish to try out the exam software in advance of your exam sitting so that you are familiar with the functionality:

Please note that you are required to present photographic identification on the day of your exam, for example, your passport or driving licence. It is essential that the name on this identification matches the name your CILA membership record. 


Joe Jarvis

What our Members say

The Advanced Diploma qualification quickly demonstrates to customers and insureds one's knowledge on both the insurance industry and claims process. The exams also put emphasis on critiquing loss scenarios which was particularly useful practice for future application during losses and day one site discussions.

Joe Jarvis, BSc (Hons) ACII Adv Dip CILA

Loss Adjuster, Major & Complex Loss Team, Crawford Global Technical Services