The Insurance Institute of Ireland
The Insurance Institute of Ireland (III) is the professional body responsible for maintaining and developing educational standards, on behalf of our 15,000 active members, working in the Irish insurance sector.
We deliver internationally recognised professional courses and qualifications, while also supporting a comprehensive CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training programme. Founded in 1885, we are a membership, education and training organisation headquartered on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, with local institutes in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Sligo.
III Qualifications: in your own time, at your own pace
Insurance qualifications have undergone considerable change over the last number of years with the introduction of the Central Bank of Ireland's Fitness & Probity Standards and Minimum Competency Code 2011. Professionals now have more choice than ever for developing their technical skills and competencies.
III qualifications are modular, meaning our members can take things at their own pace never biting off more than they can chew. The entry level qualification, Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) is available in the following three product areas: personal, commercial and private medical insurance.
The Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) leads on to the Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP) and then on to the new Management Diploma in Insurance (MDI).
Both the Professional Certificate in Insurance (APA) and Professional Diploma in Insurance (CIP) are academic qualifications at level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications within The Institute of Bankers in Ireland School of Professional Finance and are awarded by University College Dublin.
Learn more about III qualifications at iii.ie/qualifications.
The III works in partnership to deliver more
In order to deliver the best possible range of qualifications to insurance professionals in Ireland, we have developed partnerships with other organisations such as the CII, LIA, ACOI and the Institute of Bankers in Ireland's School of Professional Finance.
Learn more about the following qualifications at iii.ie/qualifications.
- CII Advanced Qualifications
- Life Qualifications
- ACOI Qualifications
- Bachelor of Financial Services (BFS)
We also deliver a Reinsurance & Insurance Technical Training Programme in conjunction with DIMA. The courses are in a range of formats and provide up-to-date information for insurance practitioners on many reinsurance and technical insurance subjects: including Contract Wording, Property Insurance, Introduction to Reinsurance, Regulatory Returns for Reinsurance Companies and other niche technical and reinsurance topics.
Learn more about III Technical Training here.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
For those already working within the insurance sector, training and keeping up to date with regulatory and market changes is crucial as is meeting one's annual CPD requirement as laid down in the Central Bank of Ireland's Minimum Competency Code, 2011. To that end, we provide an excellent array of CPD training options, delivered by subject experts, both regionally and online, to ensure that our members can tailor their training hours around their work and lifestyles.
Learn more about CPD with the III at iii.ie/cpd/
In recognition of the growing importance and acceptance of anytime, anywhere learning and self-service access, the III has a number of online solutions:
- iiiPlus is our online membership platform, where our members can manage their professional and educational profiles in a secure online environment:
- iiiConnect is our online learning management system: and
- iiiCard is a personal smartcard which allows our members to swipe in at CPD lectures, automatically recording attendance and updating compliance portfolios.
In addition to providing learning opportunities and qualification services, the III maintains a holistic approach to the professional development of our members with the creation of key networking opportunities through regular social and conference events and the network of local institutes.
Learn more about III member benefits at iii.ie/member_services/