As a Student member of the IFoA you can access our prestigious, internally recognised qualifications and the tools and support you need to achieve your career goals.
Benefits of becoming an IFoA Student Member
Globally recognised qualifications
- Gain a qualification that’s in demand from business, organisations and governments world-wide and demonstrate that your knowledge and skills meet the highest global standards
Support while you qualify
- Access educational resources, examination support, counselling and Acted online forum to support your learning
- Guidance on ethical and technical issues that may arise in your day-to-day actuarial work
Build your knowledge and skills
- Access a range of high-quality focused events, library, journals and publications, including The Actuary Magazine
- Develop your skills with volunteering opportunities ranging from becoming a Career Ambassador to joining an IFoA working group
Demonstrate professionalism and integrity
- Demonstrate your professional integrity under The Actuaries’ Code, our global ethical framework
- Show your commitment to professionalism through our rigourous qualification syllabus
A global community
- Build your professional network through online and in person events
- Make connections and benefit from one to one professional support and advice with the IFoA Buddy System
A strong voice for our profession
- Join a profession that brings the actuarial perspective to issues of global importance, from climate change to social care, and makes sure your voice is heard on the issues that are important to you
Who can become an IFoA Student Member?
If you have excellent mathematical skills and a love of numbers, you can join the IFoA as a Student member.
While there are no academic admissions criteria for Student membership, the IFoA qualification syllabus is rigorous and our examinations are highly demanding, so we recommend applicants for Student membership have a maths-based degree, for example:
- Actuarial Science
- Chemistry, or
If you do not have a maths-based degree and want to join as a Student member, we recommend you take one of our non-member exams before applying to join. Our non-member exams will prepare you for the rigorous and demanding IFoA qualification process and give you an insight into the skills and techniques required to progress in an actuarial career.
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You can find our current membership subscription fees for Student members on our subscription information web page. We offer a reduced membership subscription rate to students on a low income. Find whether you qualify for reduced rate subscription fees.
How to join
Simply complete our online application form and make the correct payment. If you are joining the IFoA as a Student member and intend to sit your examination in our September 2021 exam sitting, you will need to submit your Student membership application before 18 June 2021
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