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.  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. 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.

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 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 £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 you must sit the exam within this date.

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 (excluding AD2 Subsidence)
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. 


Richard Collison

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