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CP3 Communications Practice FAQs

  • 1. What happens if I want to qualify after I have taken and passed CP3 in September 2017 or April 2018?

    You will be required to complete a declaration, which will be submitted alongside your WBS documentation that explains that you have given a presentation either in the workplace, externally as part of your work requirements, or on a work related training course. This must be submitted before 1 September 2018.

    This declaration should also be signed by a Fellow. This will form part of the final sign off process. All other qualifiers from the September 2019 exam session onwards will have to complete the presentation requirements as part of PPD. More information can be found on the PPD Presentation page.

  • 2. What happens if I have already taken CA3 and passed it? Do I have to do anything else?

    No, your CA3 exam will hold as a pass in the communications element of your qualification. If you are still writing your WBS and wish to qualify as an Associate before September 2019 or a Fellow before September 2020 then you may need to complete additional PPD but this is explained here.

  • 3. What is the CP3 exam?

    The CP3 exam is a revised edition of the current CA3 exam. It will assess your ability to communicate effectively in writing to a non actuarial/non technical audience. The CP3 computer based assessment will consist of a single written exam. The presentation element from the current CA3 exam has been removed and placed into PPD from September 2017.

  • 4. What is the structure of CP3?

    The CP3 computer-based assessment is in two parts:

    • Part 1: Scenario Material
    • Part 2: Written Exam

  • 5. What is the scenario material?

    You will be provided with scenario material a minimum of three days before the written exam. This could include a number of documents such as articles, written communications between relevant stakeholders, data sets, tables and charts.

    This will give you the opportunity to review the materials and familiarise yourself with the scenario, and the subject area before sitting the exam. The exam question will be set around the scenario on which the advance material is based.

  • 6. What is the exam format?

    You will be provided with scenario material a minimum of three days before the written exam. This could include a number of documents such as articles, written communications between relevant stakeholders, data sets, tables and charts. This will give you the opportunity to review the materials and familiarise yourself with the scenario, and the subject area before sitting the exam. The exam question will be set around the scenario on which the advance material is based.

    The CP3 is a three hour written paper, which will have two questions:

    • First question - A written communication piece such as a written report, a memo, a letter or a set of briefing notes.
      • 90% of the overall mark.
    • Second question - A short reflective piece which will give you the chance to justify the style and structure of communication and the choice of charts/tables or diagrams you have used in your written answers. .
      • 10% of the overall mark.

  • 7. What if I don't need the full three hours?

    Three hours is the allocated time for this exam

    We don’t want you to feel time pressured when answering the exam question and the three hours will ensure you have sufficient time to complete it. You can upload your submission at any time within the three hours if you have finished the exam question.

  • 8. How often will I be able to take the exam?

    You can take the exam twice a year (April and September).

  • 9. Are there any prerequisites to taking CP3?

    There are no pre-requisites and you can take the CP3 examination at any time, although you may wish to have some relevant work experience to understand the context in which the question will be set.

  • 10. Is this still a computer-based exam or is it moving to an exam centre?

    CP3 is a computer-based online exam.

  • 11. Is the exam marked by actuaries?

    Yes. Each script will be assessed by two markers: an actuary and a non-actuary.

  • 12. Where can I find out more about PPD?

    You can find out more about PPD and the transition rules if you are still a student of the IFoA on the PPD page.

  • 13. Who can I talk to if I have any more questions?
    You can speak to our Education Team.

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    Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX
    20-21 May 2019
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    14 June 2019

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    18-19 June 2019
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    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. 

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    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

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    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

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    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
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    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

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

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
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