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Certified Actuarial Analyst

Meeting the growing needs for professional analysts

CAA Global logThe Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) is an international professional qualification offered by CAA Global to qualify those who excel in technical and analytical skills as trained analysts, giving financial institutions qualified professionals to fill key roles

The CAA qualification equips professionals with financial business, analytical and modelling skills. The qualification ensures that those working in technical roles within the insurance and financial services industries have the required skills and methodologies to allow businesses to provide assurance to regulators, stakeholders and the public at large.

What is CAA Global?

CAA Global is a joint venture of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), based in the United Kingdom, and the Society of Actuaries (SOA), based in the United States.  Formed to offer the Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) qualification around the world, CAA Global educates sharp minds to meet the growing need for professional analysts, particularly in financial services.

Why take the CAA?

The CAA is a gateway into the financial services and many other industries

Here are some appropriate roles:

  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Predictive Analyst
  • Climate Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Data Modeller
  • Customer Analyst Modelling
  • Unstructured Data Analyst

Why the CAA?

  • No previous qualifications or experience required - you just need to be good at maths and love problem solving.
  • Many industries - CAA is a gateway to a career in financial services, and many other industries.
  • Online study materials - study where and when it suits you.
  • Worldwide exam centres - over 1,500 exam centres in over 170 countries.
  • In the public interest - As part of the Royal Charter members of the IFoA must act in the public interest.
  • Fully qualify as an actuary - If you decide that you would like to become a fully qualified actuary you can.  

The nature of the CAA means it has broad appeal. It will be relevant to:

  • professionals working in actuarial teams in actuarial, data, pricing and marketing roles
  • financial services professionals, perhaps already holding other qualifications
  • those seeking to develop a differentiated skill set that will mark them out in a competitive environment
  • school leavers with strong maths skills who want to start their career and learn on the job without having to undertake a degree.
  • degree level candidates who are interested in actuarial work.

Once you've passed all the exams and met the requirements, you will qualify as a Certified Actuarial Analyst 

As a Certified Actuarial Analyst you can use the designation CAA after your name and you will be required to join an accredited association. 
Currently there are two accredited bodies - ourselves and the SOA - but over time this will change as other actuarial associations join CAA Global. 
You can find out more about what happens after you qualify on the CAA Global website.

Once you've qualified as a Certified Actuarial Analyst, are there routes to the IFoA Associate and Fellowship qualifications?

Having qualified as a CAA and gained some valuable work experience, you may wish to consider embarking on an actuarial career by undertaking the professional IFoA examinations through to Associate and Fellow. The IFoA are committed to developing a pathway for these individuals, which will be available from the September 2019 examinations. In recognition of the studying you have already undertaken, we are offering the opportunity to gain exemptions from CS1 and CM1 as follows: 

  • You will gain exemption from CS1 providing you sit the CS1 problem based assessment and a short (1hrs 30mins) examination. This short examination is designed to fill the knowledge gaps between the CAA syllabus that you have completed and the IFoA syllabus. Both the problem based assessment and the short paper will need to be sat at the same time. 
  • You will gain exemption from CM1 providing you sit the CM1 problem based assessment and a short (1hrs 30mins) examination. This short examination is designed to fill the knowledge gaps between the CAA syllabus that you have completed and the IFoA syllabus. Both the problem based assessment and the short paper will need to be sat at the same time. 

Details of the syllabuses, sample examination papers and marking guides for CS1 and CM1 are available at: 

https://www.actuaries.org.uk/studying

How can I find out more?

Visit CAA Global to learn more about qualification and to understand how to register and take the exams and find all other information about the CAA qualification.

Contact Details

You can contact the Careers team at:

careers@actuaries.org.uk

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 7th Floor Holborn Gate, 326-330 High Holborn, London WC1V 7PP

We aim to respond to all enquiries within five working days.

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  • Data Science: Opportunities for Actuaries

    The IFoA's first virtual event   
    26 February 2019 - 29 March 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA are launching their first virtual conference on the topic of Data Science, that is free to attend. This is an exciting and forward thinking move to reach members all over the world and to share knowledge and discuss developments and techniques within data science.

  • WCA event – The cost and value of pensions

    Woolf College Lecture Theatre Canterbury CT2 7BQ
    27 March 2019

    Spaces available

    The cost of pensions is a regular source of debate. But how should pensions be valued? And how has this value changed over times? Paul Sweeting will discuss how these questions can be answered, and their relevance to the current pensions issues.

    To book please email Mark Heller M.Heller@kent.ac.uk

  • SIAS Event: Mortality Improvements Outlook 2019+

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 April 2019

    Spaces available

    The CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on mortality projections and how they can be modelled in CMI_2018, including:

    • Recent mortality, and how current improvements vary between different population
    • Long-term prospects for mortality improvements
    • The pace of convergence to the long-term rate
  • Webinar – So You Want to be a NED?

    WEBINAR After registration, you will receive an email confirmation with details on how to access the webinar from your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile.
    3 April 2019

    Spaces available

    Are you considering becoming a NED? Join our facilitated webinar where a panel of experienced NEDs will discuss:

    How you can get started • What qualities and skills are needed to be a NED • What learning and development requirements do you need • Where you can find the necessary resources to build your skills • How a NED role can expand your thinking • How it can enrich your working experience and career • The benefits to being a NED

  • UK Bodily Injury Claims Settlement Framework

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    9 April 2019

    Spaces available

    Amid significant UK political uncertainty, the bodily injury settlement framework has continued to make progress. At the time of the Ogden discount rate change of early 2017 and throughout that year, Staple Inn was host to a set of events to discuss the changes and the subsequent MOJ review.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (16 April 19)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    16 April 2019

    Fully booked.

    Please register here to join the wait list

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019.  This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • TIGI 2019 (Technical Issues in General Insurance)

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
    25-26 April 2019
    Spaces available

    This General Insurance CPD offering has been changed from former years of individual one day seminars to include individual sessions for IFRS 17, Pricing, Capital Modelling and Reserving over a two-day event  packaged as Technical Issues in General Insurance, providing attendees with a varied program . The event is suitable for anyone who works, or are interested, in these areas.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2019, Chengdu

    Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden, Poly Park 198, No. 1980 ShuLong Avenue,Xindu District, Chengdu
    09-10 May 2019
    Spaces available

    IfoA Logo for eventsOffering a diverse selection of plenary sessions and cross-practice workshops, the annual Asia Conference is the perfect opportunity to discover and discuss current and developing actuarial topics in Asia, whilst providing excellent opportunity to grow your network of contacts.

  • CILA 2019

    30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
    14 May 2019

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual Life calendar. It is aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries. It will also be of interest to all those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

  • KSS event – Bulk Annuity Market Update

    Willis Towers Watson 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA
    15 May 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will give a bulk annuity market update over 2018 and for 2019 and beyond.  The presenters will also consider bulk annuity options as part of pension scheme de-risking strategies, and how pension schemes can best prepare when requesting a quote in order to achieve a favourable outcome. To book please email Dawn.Neil@willistowerswatson.com.

  • KSS event – Bulk Annuity Market Update

    Willis Towers Watson 2 West Regent Street Glasgow G2 1RW
    16 May 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will give a bulk annuity market update over 2018 and for 2019 and beyond. The presenters will also consider bulk annuity options as part of pension scheme de-risking strategies, and how pension schemes can best prepare when requesting a quote in order to achieve a favourable outcome. To book a place please email Dawn.Neil@willistowerswatson.com

  • Risk and Investment Conference 2019

    Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX
    20-21 May 2019
    Spaces available

    This year's Risk and Investment Conference will be taking place at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, London.

    To book your place click here.

     

  • Sessional Research Event - Saving for Retirement: Rules of Thumb

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    20 May 2019

    Spaces available

    How much does the average person need to save over a full working life to provide a decent retirement income? We call this the Lifetime Pension Contribution (LPC) and have attempted to quantify it.

  • NED Event: Behavioural Finance and Boards

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    18 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Substantial work has been undertaken in the field of behavioural finance to explore the psychological factors affecting investment decisions made by individuals.  In contrast, “behavioural” factors (such as politics or human psychology) affecting decisions and actions made by institutional investors, such as insurers or pension schemes, are less understood.

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Covering current topics and industry trends, the conference also includes a pre-conference evening dinner (18 June) giving you the opportunity to develop your network. 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI will provide an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers, each providing their insight and knowledge on a range of topics.  The programme will be broad in nature, so will be of most value to those with some experience in the industry. 

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.