The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is Ireland’s first apprenticeship to award a level 8 honours degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.
The three-year, work-based training programme combines academics with on-the-job learning, allowing you to acquire both technical and soft skills. As an apprentice, you will be recruited into an insurance organisation, where you will learn the practical aspects of the job while studying towards your degree. All study is done online through IT Sligo and The Insurance Institute or the LIA.
While you’re learning the ropes on-the-job, you’ll also be studying:
Accredited Product Adviser (APA)
Once you’re settled into your role, you will move on to learning about:
Certified Insurance Practitioner (CIP)
For your final year as an apprentice, you’ll advance your knowledge and expertise through:
BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice
The apprenticeship programme is designed for new entrants who want to build a career in the general or life insurance industry, from a variety of backgrounds including School Leavers, New Graduates, and Career Changers.
Employers look for a combination of academic and soft skills when hiring apprentices. Having the right combination of both is a key advantage that will get you noticed.
|Do you currently work in the industry and hold an insurance qualification?|
|Are you under 23 years of age?|
|Do you have (or expect to receive) a minimum of 2 honours in higher level Leaving Cert subjects?|
|Do you have (or expect to receive) four additional Leaving Cert passes including Maths and English/Irish?|
|Do you have a related FETAC level 5 or 6 award including distinction grades in at least 3 components?|
|Do you have another qualification, such as GCEAS, A2, AVCE, Double Award, BTEC etc?|
The apprenticeship programme is open to those currently working in the industry, subject to certain criteria. Please check with your employer to see if they are participating in the programme.
You’re eligible to apply! Interviews and other assessment tools are used in the recruitment process.
Register your interest to find out when companies are hiring.
Great! You’re eligible to apply. Register your interest and we’ll let you know when applications open.
You may not be eligible to apply for the programme right now. Have a look at the detailed entry requirements for
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From large corporations to small hometown brokerages, insurance companies from all over Ireland are looking for talented, driven and team-oriented apprentices like you! Check out the latest apprenticeship positions in our Job Bank by clicking below.
Murray & Spelman (Financial Services) Ltd. continues to grow as one of the leading Financial Brokers in Ireland with offices in both Galway & Kildare. We have been helping our customers look after their Financial Services needs for over 60 years.
City Financial Marketing Group Ltd (CFM Group) is one of Ireland’s leading Insurance brokers. With over 100 staff in Dublin & Cavan, we have been looking after customer’s insurance needs for 25 years. CFM Group is the parent company of a number of well-known brands such as Insuremyvan, Coverinaclick, Insuremyhouse & Insuremyholiday to name a few.
At O'Donoghue Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd we have been looking after our customers for over 15yrs. We are part of one of Ireland’s leading, dynamic and established Insurance Brokers. We have a reputation for reliability and efficiency and committed to our customers’ requirements.
Cotter Insurance Brokers Ltd T/A BestCover Insurance continues to grow our general insurance portfolio based in our offices in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Set up in August 2017, we have been helping our customers look after their general insurance needs through the offering of a broad product range whilst delivering a personal, reliable and efficient service.
Newcourt Retirement Fund Managers Limited (NRFM) in conjunction with its associate company Newcourt Pensioneer Trustees Limited specialise in the provision of self-invested pension products. We are one of the few providers in the market that offer a full range of pension products on a self-invested basis.
One part digital, one part traditional. We don’t wear suits and ties, we rarely meet clients. We’re a digital broker so we conduct all of our business over email, chat and phone. But we also have a general insurance arm which is client-facing so you’ll get experience serving customers in person too so you can decide which you prefer.
Registrations of interest for the programme begin in February and run until September. Although apprentices can start their positions early, the next apprentices will officially start the programme in September 2020.
Have a look at our step-by-step guide to applying →
Check with your employer to see if they are taking part in the programme. The apprenticeship was developed to attract new entrants to the industry and therefore is not currently open to those with an insurance qualification – however if you’re a new entrant without an insurance qualification, you may still be eligible to apply.
Absolutely not. Apprentices can come from a wide range of backgrounds. Anyone who wants to begin a career in the insurance industry, from school leavers to third level students, graduates and career changers can apply to be an apprentice, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements or pass the interview selection process.
You won’t just earn one qualification – you’ll earn three, one each year.
Entry requirements include a minimum of 2 honours at higher level in the Leaving Cert or equivalent, and a pass in four additional subjects including Maths and English or Irish. If you are over 23, interviews or other selection tools may be used to assess instead of these minimum requirements. There is no work experience requirement.
You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the programme.
Three years, broken down into nine semesters (three per year).
The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is Ireland’s first apprenticeship to award a level 8 honours degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice. The three-year, work-based training programme combines academics with on-the-job learning, allowing you to acquire both technical and soft skills. As an apprentice, you will be recruited into an insurance organisation, where you will learn the practical aspects of the job while studying towards your degree. All study is done online through IT Sligo and The Insurance Institute. Your employer will support you in your on-the-job learning, with regular one to one personal development sessions with your industry supervisor and mentor.
The degree portion of the programme is government funded and you will also be paid a salary by your employer. Salaries will be commensurate with the industry entry level rate. A reduced apprentice registration fee applies.