The CERA seminar aims to enable delegates to investigate and discuss more practical applications of enterprise risk management, which is not possible in the time allowed for the SP9 Enterprise Risk Management exam

The seminar was one of the recommendations of the CERA Review Panel, when it reviewed our provision of the CERA credential.

CERA: Paid opportunities

The IFoA holds several CERA seminars each year for its members and one of the most positively commented features is the direct access the delegates have to our members who are experienced ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) practitioners. These members come along to support us on the day and share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of ERM practitioners and CROs. We are always happy to appoint further members to these roles and would be delighted to hear from you.

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If you passed Subject SP9 (formerly ST9) after 1 September 2012, or who were granted an exemption after 30 January 2013 you will need to attend this seminar.

Before you can attend the CERA seminar you will need to have passed, or been granted an exemption from, the SP9 exam. You do not need to have completed all the other exams yet.

Following successful attendance, those who have qualified as an Associate or as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries will be eligible to apply for the CERA designation.

You can book your place online, or download the CERA seminar application form to pay by bank transfer or cheque.

CERA seminars in 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer five online CERA seminars, in addition to three face-to-face seminars, to our members in 2021.

The face-to-face seminar will still take place over one day with the pre-seminar work released five weeks in advance.

The timetable for the online seminar has been changed to better suit learning in an online environment. To find out how the two types of seminars differ, please read below.

The 2021 seminar dates

Seminar dates Seminar location Closing date for bookings Pre-seminar work issued Pre-seminar work to be returned by Access to communities available
Beginning 15 March 2021 Online Fully booked 15 March 2021 23 March 2021 26 March 2021
Beginning 26 April 2021 Online Fully booked 26 April 2021 4 May 2021 7 May 2021
Beginning 7 June 2021 Online Fully booked 7 June 2021 15 June 2021 18 June 2021
Beginning 19 July 2021 Online 12 July 2021 19 July 2021 27 July 2021 30 July 2021
14 October 2021 London* 2 September 2021 9 September 2021 30 September 2021 7 October 2021
11 November 2021 Manchester* 30 September 2021 7 October 2021 28 October 2021 4 November 2021
16 December 2021 London* 4 November 2021 11 November 2021 2 December 2021 9 December 2021

*Please note that we may be obliged to convert these seminars to the online version. We will give you as much notice as possible if this is the case.

The cost of attendance (face-to-face or online) is £450.00 with a reduced rate of £270.00 available to eligible members. Bookings will open on 4 January 2021.

Members living outside the UK who are eligible to attend the seminar and wish to attend a face-to-face version, may be able to attend at a venue closer to home rather than coming to the UK. We currently have reciprocal agreements with the societies in South Africa and Australia, and with the Casualty Actuarial Society in the United States.

You will pay the local costs of the seminar and if you can produce a certificate of attendance/participation the IFoA will recognise this as part of the process of obtaining the CERA designation.

Please contact the Partnership Executive if you have any questions about where you can attend the seminar.

Would you like to attend a seminar that is now fully booked?

If a seminar you would like to attend is fully booked, you can register your interest in attending a future seminar by emailing the Partnership Executive. We will email you when new dates become available.

What’s involved in the face-to-face seminar?

Before the seminar you will be sent a pre-seminar workbook giving details of some preparation work you'll need to do:

  • calculations for a team presentation
  • reading for a governance case study

On the day of the seminar you will:

  • take an active part in discussions, lively debates and case studies
  • have the opportunity to meet and talk to senior risk officers
  • build on the pre-seminar work that you will have already done
  • undertake challenging and thought provoking team exercises.

Before joining the seminar you will be put in touch with your allocated team members using an online community on the website where you can get to know each other, as well as discuss the preparatory work you will have already done.

What’s involved in the online seminar?

The online seminar takes place over four weeks with an example of the timescales below.

Week M T W T F
1 1 2 3 4 5
2 8 9 10 11 12
3 15 16 17 18 19
4 22 23 24 25 26

On the Monday of week 1, you will need to log in to the IFoA’s VLE platform, details of which will be sent to you in advance, and watch an introductory video to the seminar and access all of the necessary materials.

You will then have just under two weeks to complete the pre-seminar work to an acceptable standard and meet up with your team in an online space to prepare your presentations for the first session.

In week 3, we will be holding 3-hour sessions* on the Tuesday (session 1), Wednesday (session 2) and Thursday (session 3) of that week. These are the seminar days when you will log in to our video conference platform (Bluejeans). You will need to give presentations, ask questions and engage with other delegates and ERM practitioners. There will be work to complete in between these sessions.

Week 4 gives you an opportunity to provide feedback and to write a reflective piece on what you learnt from the seminar and to identify any gaps in your ERM knowledge or areas which you would like to explore further. If you choose to share these with us, we can pass ideas on to the Risk Management Board’s Committee for Lifelong Learning who can put on events tailored to your needs, at which you can claim CPD.

*Timings to be confirmed.

Contact Details

Education Services Team

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

+44 01865 268207

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

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