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Educational opportunities (paid)

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has a range of paid opportunities that both members and non-members can get involved in. These opportunities ensure that our examinations and education partnerships can be delivered so we continue to ensure the qualification experience with the IFoA remains sector leading. We will accept expressions of interest for any role throughout the year, however, we will still advertise specific roles when they become available.

We have opportunities for individuals starting out in their actuarial career, such as testing and providing feedback on exam papers; to more senior roles such as a Chief Examiner, who oversees the subject team and development of exam related materials or a partnership role such as Independent Examiner who ensures the quality of our partnership with universities meet the IFoA examination standards. 

You do not need to reside in the UK or be a UK permanent resident to apply or register your future interest for our paid educational opportunities, we welcome applications from around the globe.

Experience of an IFoA Guinea Pig 1:

Kyle WestOnce involved I was surprised at how important the role was to the exams process. I had expected the exam paper to be very nearly complete by the time it came to the guinea pigs and the role would involve giving it a “once over”. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my role was far more involved than this. It required me to fully interrogate the paper checking that it was fit for purpose and that the questions were clear and unambiguous. 

Kyle West, Guinea Pig 1 

Paid positions

Guinea Pig 

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Each session, the IFoA uses in the region of 120 newly qualified individuals to review the proposed examination papers and associated marking schemes and identify any issues with cultural and language differences; we refer to this role as Guinea Pig.  Individuals who apply need to have sat and passed their last exam no longer than 2 years ago. Applicants should have sound knowledge of the chosen subject and excellent time management skills and attention to detail.  We will accept expressions of interest throughout the year and make contact when recruiting for these positions, usually August/September annually.


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Each session, the IFoA requires approximately 300 markers to support the delivery and marking of the examinations. Individuals should be suitably qualified in the subject matter of their preferred exam to mark. We will accept expressions of interest throughout the year and make contact once a suitable role becomes available.


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Examiners play a vital role in shaping the IFoA examinations. These roles specific to an examination subject and individuals would be required to be experts in the area of testing. The Examiner position tenure is usually for a period of three years. We will accept expressions of interest however, these vacancies will be advertised when a position is required as they are not available as often.

Chief Examiner

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The Chief Examiner supports the delivery of the exams and plays a pivotal role in shaping the exams. The Chief Examiner provides overall leadership of the examination team. Individuals should be effective team leaders with sector experience of the subject matter. The Chief Examiner position tenure is usually for a period of three to four years. We will accept expressions of interest however, these vacancies will be advertised when a position is required as they are not available as often.

Module Lead

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The Module Lead is a senior appointment and applicants must be able to show interest in education at post graduate level and an understanding of the IFoA’s curriculum, assessment processes and procedures. The tenure for this position is usually for three years and the expected annual time commitment is 100 hours.  We will accept expressions of interest however, these vacancies will be advertised when a position is required as they are not available as often.

Independent Examiner

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Independent Examiners review and comment on draft exam papers and programme materials for those Universities where the IFoA have an Accredited programme. The tenure for this position is three years.  We will accept expressions of interest throughout the year and make contact when recruiting for these positions.

Specialist Positions

From time to time the IFoA has specialist positions for Examiner and Supervisor roles for the SA0 exam.  These positions are advertised when available and are suited to those who have experience in examining at PHD level.

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CERA Positions

Please view the CERA paid opportunities for further information.


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  • Spaces available

    Climate-Related Risk - This free to view webinar on Climate-Related Risk is the first in a series focusing on some of the ‘Hotspots’ identified in the JFAR Risk Perspective bringing the Risk Perspective to life with practical illustrations and insights from subject experts from the IFoA and other Regulators

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    Recent decades have seen institutions, such as employers and financial services, give people more choice and flexibility, but these freedoms have come with more responsibilities. Individuals are now responsible for managing more of their own financial risks, from ensuring they put enough money into their pension to securing affordable protection to be financially resilient.

  • Actuarial Innovation in the COVID-19 era

    This event is online. 
    26 April 2021 - 7 May 2021
    Spaces available

    Join us for this brand new IFoA webinar weries comprising of a fortnight of webinars, panel sessions and a hackathon, that showcase the range of ways in which the actuarial profession has added value, in the public interest, to the understanding and management of the current and future pandemics through insight and learning.

  • Spaces available

    This event is now temporarily closed on Monday 26 April, but the session will be repeated on Tuesday 27 April, 09.00-10.30. Please click here to register your place. 

    Actuaries have a lot to offer biodiversity management over the next decade as the world develops more depth to its response to this global challenge. This sessional offers an opportunity to learn about this emergent risk, to contribute to our thinking as a profession and help us develop the next steps forward.

  • Europe Town Hall

    28 April 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Alan Rae, Jennifer Hartley, Maribel Vasquez Flores and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • Spaces available

    Sessional Meeting - Free to viewMis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work

  • Finance & Investment Virtual Conference 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    10-12 May 2021
    Spaces available

    This year's Finance and Investment Virtual Conference takes on the timely theme of ‘resilience’, something we have all learnt a lot more about in the last year! Our diverse range of talks will explore the theme of resilience in a variety of ways including in building robust investment portfolios, in the incorporation of ESG factors, in govern

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    This talk will explore the potential benefits that wearable tech can bring to health & protection insurers and their customers. The traditional approach of integrating wearables into insurance has largely focused on measuring steps and using rewards-based incentive programs to encourage more activity.

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    Join us for this talk with Professor Sir Adrian Smith as part of the 'Dr Patrick Poon Presidential Speaker Series'. Professor Smith joined The Alan Turing Institute as Institute Director and Chief Executive in September 2018. In November 2020, he became President of the Royal Society, in addition to his leadership of the Turing. He is also a member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list.


  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
    Spaces available

    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
    Spaces available

    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.