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Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship

What is an insurance apprenticeship?

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is an ‘earn and learn’ degree programme that combines on-the-job training with academic study.

There are plenty of reasons to undertake this apprenticeship. Developed by The Insurance Institute and representatives from across the industry, this three-year programme leads to a BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice from IT Sligo – a qualification future employers will crave.

You’ll learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career in insurance and beyond, as well as also earning a salary as you study – so what are you waiting for?

Register your interest

What are the entry requirements?

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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Our Apprenticeship Partners

2018 applications are closed

Applications for the 2018 programme are now closed.

Click below for a list of companies currently partnering with our Apprenticeship programme.

How it works

Year 1

While you’re learning the ropes on-the-job, you’ll also be studying:

  • The nature of insurance
  • Compliance and advice
  • Personal general insurance
  • Professional business communication
  • Teamwork and workplace collaboration
  • Selling and customer service for insurance products

Certificate in Insurance
Product Advice (APA)

Year 2

Once you’re settled into your role, you will move on to learning about:

  • Commercial general insurance
  • Risk control and underwriting
  • Claims and loss adjusting
  • General insurance broking
  • Numeric technical communication
  • Introduction to business (management and marketing)
  • E-business and innovation
  • Negotiation in practice

Certificate in Insurance
Practice (CIP)

Year 3

For your final year as an apprentice, you’ll advance your knowledge and expertise through:

  • Capstone project/dissertation
  • Innovation, creativity and critical thinking
  • Financial analysis and interpretation
  • Business law for insurance practitioners
  • Big data/advanced Excel

BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice
- level 8 degree

Who is the apprenticeship for?

School leavers

Do you want to earn an honours degree without going down the university route? Start your journey

Students and graduates

Do you want to further your education while earning a salary? Get going

Career changers

Working in another industry and looking to get started in insurance? Make your move

What does an apprentice do?

  • You’ll specialise in one of the core industry areas – underwriting, claims or direct client advice.

    Learn more about these areas
  • You’ll learn about the business by completing projects and case studies.
  • You’ll study through a blend of online lectures, discussions and face-to-face group sessions – all during working hours.
  • A mentor and supervisor will help you along the way.
  • You’ll earn a salary and your academic training is government funded*.

* Employers set salaries that are commensurate with the industry rate for the job. A reduced annual apprentice registration fee applies.

Hear from some of our apprentices