New Look. Different Name. Same Great Quality.
In September 2018 we entered a new era of educational partnership – as we prepared for the opening of exam registrations, we were also preparing for the start of our new accreditation partnership with IT Sligo.
Following a change to the way in which qualifications are governed in Ireland, educational programmes must now be accredited directly by an Awarding Body. The impact of this was that we were no longer in a position to continue our previous arrangement with The Institute of Banking via their subsidiary, the College of Professional Finance, which is accredited by UCD.
Upon learning of the need for us to find a new Awarding Body, we began a period of consultation to find the best fit provider for us and our members. We were seeking a synergistic partnership – another organisation that we could learn from, and them in turn from us. We understood early on in the process that IT Sligo had the potential to be a great partner, recognised as they are within the Irish education landscape, as a leading innovator in the use of ed-tech and flexible learning for off-campus and part-time students. We had seen this first-hand through our work with them on the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship programme.
As a distance learning provider, this new partnership is an excellent opportunity to create synergies between our two organisations, allowing us to strengthen and further develop the quality and accessibility of the products and services that we offer to our members through the use of digital technologies.
How were members impacted?
As of September 2018, anyone who registers for an exam with us or completes their qualification, will have their award accredited by IT Sligo.
How were programmes impacted?
The changes were predominantly cosmetic.
- The academic titles of our qualifications changed to Certificate in Insurance Product Advice (APA) and Certificate in Insurance Practice (CIP).
- Module codes changed from PDI to CIP. For example, PDI-01 is now known as CIP-01.
- There was no change to our professional designations, APA and CIP, or, their position at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications.