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Professional qualifications in risk and financial planning

The CII is the world’s largest professional body for insurance, risk and financial services. We have over 115,000 members in more than 150 countries. We offer globally-recognised professional qualifications in insurance, risk and financial planning.


Many insurance companies’ graduate schemes contain our Advanced Diploma in Insurance qualification, which is also known as ACII. This is the world’s best-known professional qualification in insurance and risk and is rather like holding a second passport. Those with ACII are recognized, respected and rewarded for holding this designation. It takes between two and three years to complete the ACII and the programme covers key areas such as law, risk management, underwriting, reinsurance and broking. You can find out more about this qualification by visiting the CII website.

The insurance and risk profession is a people business, so we’re always on the lookout for those with great communication skills. If you have strong negotiation and influencing skills, that will help too. If you want to work in the London Market, which is the world’s leading international insurance and reinsurance marketplace, your second and third language skills will be valued. Find out more about this thriving profession by visiting our website.

Financial planning

If you are more interested in the profession of financial planning and wealth management, it’s good to know that the CII is the UK’s largest professional body in this area. To be a financial planner you will need to hold a professional qualification and the CII’s Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning is the one that most people opt for. This qualification includes invaluable content on all key areas relating to financial planning, such as investments, pensions, tax and of course ethics.

Like insurance and risk, financial planning is a people profession, so strong communication skills are needed, along with commercial awareness and the ability to translate often complex financial data into simple language for your clients. Qualified financial planners often move to Chartered Financial Planner status, and there are excellent opportunities to earn substantial sums of money by being a financial planner – there are many who enjoy a six-figure salary.

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