Online Professional Awareness Test
This page tells you about the Online Professional Awareness Test (OPAT) and how to apply to sit the test.
Who is required to sit the OPAT?
If you joined the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) on or after 1 March 2012, you need to apply to sit the OPAT and pass before you are able to apply to take subject CT9 Business awareness.
Why do I need to sit the OPAT
The OPAT is stage 1 of the IFoAs' mandatory Professional Skills Training developed for members at all stages in their careers and aims to ensure that all new entrants to the IFoA have a good understanding of the Actuaries' Code and their obligations under it.
The OPAT is designed to help you develop the ability to exercise judgement in compromising ethical situations including those where you may need to seek advice from senior colleagues.
How to apply for the OPAT
- Instructions for the Professional Awareness Test
- Application form for the Professional Awareness Test
- Application form for access arrangements for the Professional Awareness Test
How to prepare for the OPAT
You should read the Actuaries’ Code carefully before applying, and should have a copy to hand while you take the test.