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Student membership application form

Guide to completing your IFoA Student membership application

Please read our step by step guide to completing your Student membership application form before completing your online application form.

Before you apply

If you are joining as a Student member in order to sit IFoA exams, please submit your application well in advance of IFoA exam sessions. Deadline dates are published on our Making your exam booking page.

Please be aware that once you submit your student membership application you cannot apply for any exemptions you already hold with other Actuarial Associations via the Transfer of Prior Learning process. Potential members are advised to review to the Transfer of Prior Learning process before submitting their student membership.

Reduced rate subscription

You will be able to apply for reduced subscription fees by completing the Application for a reduced subscription rate section of the form.

Payment methods

You can pay by credit or debit card, AMEX, PayPal, cheque and BACS (bank transfer).

If you select BACS (bank transfer) you will be asked to upload evidence that you have made the bank transfer on the last page of the online form. Evidence of payment could be a screenshot or copy of bank instruction confirmation, which includes the date, amount and reference.

If you select credit or debit card, AMEX or PayPal, you will be sent an email with a link and instructions on how to make your payment within 3 weeks of your submission. Important note: If you do not receive an email with your payment link and instructions within 3 weeks please contact our Education Services team.

Bank account details for making payment to the IFoA are available on the payment method page of the online form.

Already registered?

If you have already registered and have an actuarial reference number (ARN) please log in to your account before completing your online application form.

How to apply

1. Create account

You will be asked to create a username, and enter you email address, first name and last name.

Click the Create new account button to create you IFoA website account.

2. Validate your email address

You will be sent an email to the address you entered that contains instructions on validating your IFoA website account.

Click the link contained in the email. This will take you to web page where you can choose your IFoA website account password.

Important note:

  • If you cannot see an email from in your inbox after a few minutes, please check your junk/spam folder.
  • If you have not received an email containing instructions on validating your IFoA website account after 24 hours please contact our Education Services team. 

3. Create a password

You will be asked to choose a password for your IFoA website account.

Confirm your password and click Save. This will take you to the personal details section of the online form.

4. Enter your personal details

You will be asked to provide personal details including: your name, home address and telephone number.

5. Employment details

You will be asked for your current position and employer details. You will have the option of telling us that you are not working.

6. Education details

You will be asked for details of your university degree or post graduate qualification.

You will not need to upload any supporting documents.

7. Payment method

Select your chosen payment method. You can pay by credit or debit card, AMEX, Paypal, cheque and BACS (bank transfer).

If you choose bank transfer as your payment method you will be asked to upload proof of the bank transfer on the last page of the application form.

In addition to paying your membership subscription fee, you will also need to pay an entrance fee of £135.00.

8. Application for reduced rate subscription

You will be able to apply for reduced rate membership subscription fees by completing this section of the form.

9. Declaration

You will be asked to agree to be bound by the IFoA’s Charter, Bye-laws, Rules and Regulations, the IFoA Actuaries’ Code and IFoA CPD Scheme.

Once you have agreed and clicked Submit your application you will be taken to a web page confirming that your application has been submitted successfully.

What happens next?

How long will it take to process my application?

It will take up to 3 weeks from when we receive your payment to process your application. You will receive an email from confirming your application has been successful and you are now a Student member of the IFoA.

When can I book exams?

Once you have received email confirmation that your application has been successful you can enjoy all the benefits of IFoA Student membership, including booking exams.

Please note if you are planning to take exams in our September/October or April sessions we will need to receive your Student membership application well in advance of the exam session. Please see Making your exam booking for further details. If you are joining the IFoA as a Student member and intend to sit your first examination in our 2020 exam sitting, you will need to submit your Student membership application before 27 June 2020

My application

If you have any issue completing your form please contact our Education Services team.

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Events calendar

  • Spaces available

    A Trusted Profession

    This free 1 hour CPD webinar is designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020 and 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.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    Modelling the structure and trends of cancer morbidity risk is important for pricing and reserving in related health insurance fields such as critical illness insurance and care provision. We model the dynamics of cancer incidence over time in different regions in England, using 1981-2016 ONS data. The modelling allows estimation of cancer rates at various age, year, gender and region levels, following a Bayesian setting to account for statistical uncertainty. Our analysis indicates significant regional variation in cancer incidence rates. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC. 

  • Fully booked.

    This event is now fully booked. To join the wait list, please register here.

    Get ready for the new CPD Scheme launching on 1 September. Join us for a discussion on what the new Scheme will look like in practice. There will be an opportunity to field questions to the IFoA Executive on how the Scheme’s requirements will affect you.

  • Asia Conference Webinar Series

    1 September 2020 - 24 September 2020

    Spaces available

    There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.


  • Spaces available

    In this webinar we will provide an insight into enterprise-wide risk management in banking, showing similarities to the world of insurance as well as identifying differences. Just as insurance companies have to submit an ORSA, so bank’s have to submit their own equivalent, the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process or ICAAP.

  • Examination Preparation

    10 September 2020

    Spaces available

    IFoA Webinar on Examination guidance for those candidates sitting Examinations in September, delivered by the Education Actuaries

  • Spaces available

    This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements. 

    The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise.  In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities.