What is a Local Institute

As the premier professional body for the insurance and Financial Planning professions, the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) promotes higher standards of integrity, technical competence and business capability.

As one of the largest examination awarding bodies in the UK, they have delivered education to over one million students in 150 countries over the last 10 years. Success in CII qualifications is universally recognised as a global standard. Membership of the CII signals a commitment to developing a broad professional capability and a willingness to adhere to the standards associated with professional status.

The CII’s Royal Charter requires they "secure and justify the confidence of the public" in all members and in the insurance and financial services sector. The CII works hard to maintain public confidence and trust in the financial services market.

Through the support and advocacy of all members, specifically those within the various faculties, societies, boards and committees we can ensure that our activities remain relevant and reflect the needs of our members whilst at the same time serving the demands of the public.

To further this on a local level the CII supports local groups, committees and institutes, including The Insurance Institute of Southampton. Local Institutes are the regional face of the national CII and are run by volunteers who form the Council.

Key Facts about Local Institutes

  • The Council allocates responsibilities amongst its members
  • Every CII member in the UK is also a member of a local institute of their choice
  • There are currently 56 local institutes across the UK, plus associated institutes in the Republic of Ireland

Typical Programme activities

  • An extensive range of CPD seminars and workshops covering technical and industry related topics, typically free of charge (where a fee is payable these are significantly below standard market rates). Examples of recent topics include Covid-19 claims and How to advise policyholders on future covers given the impact of a pandemic
  • Access to 'soft' and business skills sessions to provide essential non-technical support in your career, the majority of which are free of charge. Recent courses have included How to communicate in a changed landscape and self-motivation
  • Social and business networking events
  • Guidance on exam techniques and revision courses for members studying towards CII qualifications
  • Specialist interest groups for young professionals
  • Regular member updates
  • Provision of Local exam centres