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Exemptions based on other professional qualifications

If you have a qualification from another professional body you may be eligible for exemption from some exams. Students who have completed their professional qualification with a body the IFoA has an agreement with by December 2018 have until 2023 to claim their exemptions.
Qualifications from other Professional Bodies Eligible Exemptions for qualifications gained by end of December 2018 Eligible Exemptions for qualifications gained from January 2019 onwards
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) CT2 and ST0 CB1 and SP0
Associateship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales CT2 and ST0 CB1 and SP0
Chartered Financial Analyst:    
     Level I CT2 and CT7 CB1 and CB2
     Level I and II CT1, CT2, CT3 and CT7 To be confirmed
     Level I, II and III CT1, CT2, CT3, CT7 and CT8 To be confirmed
     CFA Chartered Holder/ Fellow All of the above CT subjects, plus ST0 To be confirmed 
Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII) ST0 SP0
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants award (CIMA) CT2 and ST0 CB1 and SP0
GARP Certified Financial Risk Manager ST0 SP0
International Diploma in Risk Management, from the Institute of Risk Management ST0 SP0
Associateship of the Pensions Management Institute ST0 SP0

How do I apply?

You will need to complete and return the Exemptions application form and include a certified copy of official proof of your qualification.

Professional qualifications not listed above

If you have a qualification from a professional body that we do not have an agreement with you can still apply for exemptions.

We cannot grant exemptions from the following exams to holders of qualifications that we do not have an agreement with:

  • CS2, CM1 and CM2

How do I apply?

You will need to demonstrate that your professional qualifications covered the IFoA subjects that you want to apply for exemption from.

To do this you will need to complete the application form and send the following information:

  • Evidence of the qualification and the grades gained
  • Details of the syllabus followed
  • Copies of examination papers sat

The copies must be certified copies signed by your employer, who must be an actuary.

Please provide certified copies of your documentation, as we cannot accept responsibility for loss of your original documents

The person certifying the documents must be either a Fellow or Associate employed by your company who is a member of either the IFoA or of an IAA recognised actuarial association.

What happens once I've sent the information?

We will review whether your qualification covered enough of the IFoA syllabus(es) and check whether your marks were high enough. We will inform you in writing of the outcome of your exemption application.

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