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Student membership

Take the first step into your actuarial career

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

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

Becoming a Student member of the IFoA will enable you to enter for the IFoA exams and apply for exemptions.

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
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry, or
  • Physics

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.

Find out more about our non-member exams

The IFoA has Career Ambassadors worldwide who can answer your questions with regards to local job opportunities, careers in actuarial science, and anything else you wish to know about joining the IFoA.  

If you would like to speak to a Careers Ambassador, please contact careers@actuaries.org.uk.

Fees

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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Contact Details

If you have any questions about student membership please contact or telephone:

membership@actuaries.org.uk

We aim to respond to all initial enquiries within two working days.

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    In April 2021, the CMI Assurances Committee published Working Paper 150, as a consultation on the proposed “16” Series tables for mortality (including terminal illness) and for accelerated critical illness under non-rated term assurance policies, based on 2015-2018 data. This webinar will provide an overview of the dataset, describe the methodology used to produce the tables, and explore additional analysis of the tables.

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  • Pensions Conference 2021

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    16 June 2021 - 22 June 2021
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    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.

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    Mathematical Futures: The Actuary in a World Transformed – Sir Adrian Smith will outline how advances in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the world of big data will transform the nature of many industries, including financial services. The broader environment within which mathematics is applied will change rapidly, often led by innovative yet disruptive forces outside. These changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the work of actuaries - and the profession will need to adapt quickly to thrive.

     

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    This session will explore how the new index has revealed previously uncaptured mortality inequalities by using predictive variables at a high degree of granularity. Globally renowned leader in actuarial science Professor Andrew Cairns and his co-investigator Torsten Kleinow will demonstrate the uses of new LIFE index such as the causes of high or low mortality and regional differences in mortality.

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    Following his presentation, David Rooke will be joined by Stephen Mann, CEO at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and Anusha Thavarajah, Allianz’s Regional Chief Executive Officer, Life and Health for Asia Pacific for a panel discussion around the themes of the session The panel will be chaired by Tan Suee Chieh.

  • Asia Conference 2021 webinar series

    Online webinar series
    26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
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    We have made it through 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on individuals, societies, businesses and the wider economy across the globe. Navigating the world post COVID-19 in an uncertain and highly unstable time brings along many uncertainties, challenges and exciting opportunities. Hence the theme of this year’s IFoA Asia Conference Webinar Series is “Risk. Adapt. Thrive.”