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Technical requirements

Candidates are responsible for ensuring they have a working device ahead of their online examination.

Candidates are responsible for checking they have the correct software/package downloaded prior to the exam.

As this is a web based exam environment, both Mac and Windows will be suitable. Please see below the list of technical requirements for online examinations:

Minimum resolution

1024 x 768

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 is the minimum version acceptable.

Adobe Reader

A device capable of downloading and opening PDFs, opening and creating Word, Excel and Power Point documents. Candidates will need to ensure that they have a device capable of opening these documents. If candidates don’t have a suitable application on their device, they can download the latest version of Adobe Reader ( ) which will enable you to view PDF documents.

However, PDF submissions will not be accepted for any online exam.

Web browser

The online web platforms are compatible with all modern browsers on most modern computing platforms. Please ensure that you are using the latest version of your web browser.

Browser Compatibility:

Windows: Microsoft Edge 15, Chrome 64, Firefox 58, Opera 51

macOS: Safari 11, Chrome 64, Firefox 58, Opera 51 iPad (9+): Safari, Chrome

Microsoft Surface Tablet: Microsoft Edge 15, Chrome 64, Firefox 58, Opera 51 iPhone: Not compatible

Android: Tablets running Chrome 64 Android Phones: Not compatible

Prior to your examination, the IFoA recommend candidates delete their cookies/cache and internet history to avoid any issues during your examination. The IFoA cannot be held responsible for candidates encountering a web browser issue during their online examination.

Internet connection

We recommend a wired connection. (2Mbps or greater)

File sizes

For all online platforms, the file size for exam submissions should be a maximum of 20MB. If file sizes exceed 20MB, the script may not be considered for marking.

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Events calendar

  • GIRO 2020 Virtual Conference

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available


    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Retail banking is going through a period of substantial change as it moves into the digital age. Banks have large amounts of data about their customers and about their risks. Open data application programming interface (APIs) and data science are enabling banks to use their data to offer innovative and sometimes personalised services. Data science is also adding value in risk areas such as fraud detection and cyber security. At the same time, the move to online banking is making it easier for firms including fintechs to enter banking without having to establish branch networks.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report. 

  • Spaces available

    Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance.

    We have over 500 volunteers and countless topics which we have amalgamated into 93 workstreams.