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Exam news and updates

We recommend that you visit this page regularly in the weeks approaching the September 2019 exams, to stay informed of any important news or updates that may affect your exam sitting.

See: Exam centre changes | See: Exam start times | See: Amended exam schedules

The September 2019 exam session will run from Tuesday 17 September - Friday 4 October

  • Exam entry opened on Monday 8 July
  • Exam entry will close on Friday 2 August (17.00 UK time) for all exam centres

Latest updates

Munich A new exam centre is now confirmed: Cambridge Institut, Residenzstrasse 22, 80333 Munich. See full details
Isle of Man Afternoon exams will now start at 13.45 and finish at 17.00
For all centres, UK and overseas Exam centre addresses for the September 2019 session are now being confirmed. See the full list of centres
You should always check this list in case there are changes to the centre where you usually sit.
Public holidays Accra, Nicosia, Riyadh, Tel Aviv and Tokyo: there will be changes to the exam schedule at these centres due to public holidays. See below for full details
Exam start times Start times for the written exams vary at certain of the supervised exam centres. See below for full details
CS1, CS2, CM1 and CM2 exams The CS1, CS2, CM1 and CM2 exams are now a combination of both a written (A) and an online (B) assessment. Both elements, A and B, will need to be taken in the same exam sitting.
  • CS1A, CS2A, CM1A and CM2A: are written, paper based exams and will be sat in your local time at an exam venue
  • CS1B, CS2B, CM1B and CM2B: are online exams and will be sat in UK time only at home or at your workplace

Refund policy

Refunds of exam fees are only given to those who have paid the full fee. More information on refunds

Exam centre changes and confirmations

Exam centre addresses for September 2019 will be confirmed shortly on the Exam centres page. You should always check the list carefully, in case there are any changes to the centre you usually sit at, and to make sure that you know where to go.

The deadline to request an additional overseas exam centre for the September 2019 exams has now passed, and we can not accept any more applications.

Access arrangements applications

The closing date for requesting access arrangements will be the same as the exam entry closing date.

Late applications will not be accepted unless due to circumstances for which a valid reason could not be divulged by the published closing date. Download the access arrangements application form, and return this to us once completed.

Exam start time

The standard exam start times at our supervised exam centres are 09.45 (local time) for morning exams, and 14.15 (local time) for afternoon exams. Exam start times may vary at some overseas centres so you should check here nearer to the exam session dates for confirmation of your start time.

The online exams, which you sit at home or in the office, will run to UK times.

Centre Morning exam - local start time Afternoon exam - local start time
Accra 08.45-12.00 13.15-16.30
Addis Ababa 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Adelaide 09.15-12.30 13.45-17.00
Auckland 09.00-12.15 13.00-16.15
Barbados 09.00-12.15 13.00-16.15
Bloemfontein 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Brisbane 09.00-12.15 13.15-16.30
Brunei 08.45-12.00 (Fridays only; all other days 09.45-13.00 14.15-17.30
Canberra 09.15-12.30 14.00-17.15
Cape Town 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Cologne 10.00-13.15 14.30-17.45
Dar Es Salaam 09.45-13.00 13.15-16.30
Guernsey 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Hanoi 08.45-12.00 13.45-17.00
Ho Chi Minh City 08.45-12.00 13.45-17.00
Isle of Man 09.45-13.00 13.45-17.00
Johannesburg 09.00-12.15 13.30-16.45
Karachi 10.00-13.15 14.00-17.15
Kiev 09.45-13.00 13.45-17.00
Lagos 08.45-12.00 12.45-16.00
Melbourne 09.15-12.30 14.00-17.15
Port of Spain 08.45-12.00 13.15-16.30
Reykjavik 09.00-12.15 13.00-16.15
Riga 09.45-13.00 13.00-16.15
Riyadh 09.30-12.45 13.00-16.15
Seattle 09.45-13.00 13.15-16.30
Seoul 10.00-13.15 14.00-17.15
Sydney 09.15-12.30 14.00-17.15
Taiwan 10.00-13.15 14.00-17.15
Wellington 09.30-12.45 14.00-17.15
Yaounde 09.00-12.15 13.00-16.15

The September 2019 exam session will run from Tuesday 17 September - Friday 4 October

The standard exam schedule for the session is:

17 September
18 September
19 September
20 September
am   CS1A CS1B (online) CS2B (online) SP2
pm   CP1/1 CP1/2 SP8 CS2A
23 September
24 September
25 September
26 September
27 September
am CM1B (online) SP7 CM2B (online) / SP4 SP5 CP3 (online)
pm SP6 CM1A / SP1 SP9 CM2A CB1
30 September
1 October
2 October
3 October
4 October
am - CB2 - CP2/1 (online) CP2/2 (online)
pm - SA1-4 & 7 - - -

We reserve the right to make changes to this schedule.

Any schedule changes due to public holidays or other unavoidable factors will be given below when available.

Centre Original date Exam(s) New date
Accra Monday 23 September (pm) SP6 Tuesday 24 September (am)
Nicosia Tuesday 1 October (am and pm) CB2 and SA exams Wednesday 2 October (am)
Riyadh Monday 23 September (pm) SP6 Tuesday 24 September (am)
Tel Aviv Tuesday 1 October (am and pm) CB2 and SA exams Wednesday 2 October (am)
Tokyo Monday 23 September (pm) SP6 Tuesday 24 September (am)

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  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Fully booked.

    The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) recently published an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022.

  • Insurance Investment Roundtable with the IFoA & PRA - 25 July 2019

    EY Offices 1 More London Place London, SE1 2AF
    25 July 2019

    Fully booked.

    The IFoA hosts regular roundtable meetings with the PRA on best practice in insurance investment and the application of the Prudent Person Principle, which governs insurance investment under Solvency II.

  • SIAS Event: Climate Zero to Climate Hero

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
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    Spaces available

    An introductory session to help you get ahead with climate change.

    • Science, terminology and initiatives: handy facts to keep in your back pocket 
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  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
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  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 


  • The Future of the Actuarial Profession

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    3 October 2019

    Fully booked.


    Three actuaries – and CEOs – discuss their views on how the business world is changing and what that might mean for actuaries in the future.

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    Have you ever thought about working in wider fields? Would you like to play a role in the fight against climate change to make the planet better? 

    It can be difficult to do this - but seeing an example you can follow can make it more realistic. In this ‘green’ case study a template is outlined to show how actuaries can apply their skills more broadly - and in doing so, to make a difference.

  • Sessional Meeting - Autonomous Vehicles and impacts on the wider insurance industry

    Staple Inn, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ         
    28 October 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries is running a sessional meeting on autonomous vehicles on 28th October.  The session will showcase the work of the IFoA “Autonomous Vehicles” working party alongside a number of expert external presenters. 

  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Spaces available

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Fully booked.

    The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019: Live Streaming

    2 December 2019

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    Watch the live stream of this year's Autumn Lecture with guest speaker Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.