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The Award for the Foundation Insurance Test (FIT) is an introductory-level qualification that helps you develop an understanding of how the insurance market operates. It covers fundamental risk and insurance principles and procedures, and core personal and commercial insurance products.

Read the Award for the Foundation Insurance Test specification

Who it's for

  • Anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of the general insurance market, principles, procedures and products.
  • Employees who hold no insurance qualifications but wish to demonstrate insurance knowledge and understanding.
  • Employees beginning study for general insurance qualifications.
  • Anyone wishing to build upon their specific job knowledge with sound understanding of general insurance principles and market requirements.
  • Insurance staff employed in support functions such as human resources, marketing, IT and finance, wishing to develop an understanding of the industry in which they work.
  • Staff working for an organisation whose primary business is not insurance, but which offers insurance advice and products as part of its overall service to customers.

Recognition of prior learning

Before starting study, check to see whether any of your previous academic qualifications or credits from other professional bodies and institutes can be carried towards completion of the Certificate.

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Completion requirements

The Award comprises one compulsory FIT unit from the CII insurance qualifications framework, providing a total of 6 credits upon successful completion. Read the ‘Key information’ overlay to the right of this page for full details.

Assessment method

Award level units are assessed by multiple choice question exam (MCQ). For online MCQ exams result notification is immediate on completion. For paper-based MCQ exams, results are released five weeks' following the exam sitting.

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Learning Support

Each qualification unit comes with a study package included, equipping you with the essential tools to support core learning. For a single fee, study packages typically include: study text, assessment entry and access to RevisionMate our online study tool.

We also offer additional study materials to support individual learning. These range from key fact booklets and next-edition study texts, to question packs and Learn interactive tutorials.

For full availability, click the unit links to the right of this page.

This qualification in detail

Key information

What does this qualification involve

The Award comprises one compulsory unit from the CII insurance qualifications framework, providing a total of 6 credits upon successful completion.

Candidates are required to take the following compulsory unit:

  • (FIT) Foundation insurance test

For unit syllabuses, return to the Award for the Foundation Insurance test (FIT) page, and click on the ‘Syllabuses’ link to the right of the page.

Overview of Award-level unit:


Assessment format

Study hours

Credits awarded





(FIT) Foundation insurance test

·         2 hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·         70% nominal pass mark



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Units treated as equivalent

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn CII units will result in only one award of credits.

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules. Clarification should always be sought from CII Customer Service.

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Assessment information

It is important that candidates entering for a CII assessment familiarise themselves with our service, in particular the rules and procedures that are in place.


Foundation Insurance Test

FIT covers six essential topics, including the insurance market, legal principles, procedures and the major classes of insurance.

The test is based on the published syllabus, which is itself an important aid to exam preparation and revision. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with this before commencing study. This sets out the learning outcomes and depth of knowledge you will require in order to pass.

The syllabus also identifies learning materials in the form of a reading list, reference materials and periodicals which you can use to assist with your studies. A full syllabus is provided in the CII study text. To obtain the full syllabus free of charge follow the links below or contact Customer Service.