Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters Advanced Diploma



This is all about the Advanced Diploma course offered by the Institute of Loss Adjusters.


The CILA Advanced Diploma is recognised as a high level claims qualification which will undoubtedly highlight your knowledge and expertise and will therefore provide opportunities to further advance your career. This qualification provides you with the opportunity to specialise in the adjustment of a specific type of claim, from a choice of: Property (Domestic), Property (Commercial), Liability, Business Interruption, Subsidence or Aviation. The Advanced Diploma is perfect for those who wish to demonstrate the knowledge to handle more complex claims as part of their career progression.

Note: The entry requirements for the Advanced Diploma exams are changing in 2017. From 1st August entry to the Advanced Diploma exams will only be open to members who have completed the CILA Diploma qualification. If you hold a Cert CILA, Dip CII, ACII or FCII qualification and wish to progress directly to our Advanced Diploma exams (as per the current format) you will need to sit and successfully complete at least one of the current Advanced Diploma exams (C1, C2, C3) by the end of 2017. The final sitting for the C1, C2 & C3 exams will be in October 2017, with exam entries to be made by 31st July 2017. From 2018 the C2 & C3 exams will be renamed as AD1 & AD2.

How much will it cost?


The exam entry fee for each paper is £100.

Where and when will I sit the exams?


The CILA Advanced Diploma exams can be sat at a range of exam centres throughout the world. Candidates who are based in the UK and Ireland may choose their preferred exam centre from the following options: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Manchester and the Southampton area. Candidates who are based overseas may indicate their preferred location to sit an exam and the Institute will work with them to agree an appropriate location taking account of other candidates within their country, venue facilities and exam invigilators.

There are two exam sittings per year for the CILA Advanced Diploma exams, one in April and one in October.

April 2017 Advanced Diploma exam dates

C1 and C2 – Tuesday 4 April 2017

C1 9.30am – 1.00pm
C2 2.00pm – 5.30pm

C3 – Wednesday 5 April 2017

C3 9.30am – 1.00pm

October 2017 Advanced Diploma exam dates

C1 and C2 – Tuesday 3 October 2017

C1 9.30am – 1.00pm
C2 2.00pm – 5.30pm

C3 – Wednesday 4 October 2017

C3 9.30am – 1.00pm

How do I apply?


  1. CILA membership. Please note that you can only attain a CILA qualification if you are a member of the CILA. If you are not already a member, please apply for CILA membership via the following link:
  2. Entry Requirements. Entry to the Advanced Diploma exams is open to CILA members who hold any of the following qualifications: Cert CILA, Dip CILA, Dip CII, ACII or FCII. The Institute will also consider entry based on other academic or professional qualifications depending on their relevance and level of study. Enquiries should be submitted by email to and include full details of the qualification you would like considered.
  3. Book an Exam. When you feel ready to take an exam, you can book a sitting online at:

Simply login using your My CILA account and follow the link to book an exam. In the event that you do not have a My CILA account you can create one by clicking the following link:

Please note that exam bookings must be made by 31st January for the April exam sitting and 31st July for the October exam sitting.

How will I study & how long will it take?

The CILA Advanced Diploma qualification requires you to undertake your own reading and research in preparation for the exams. There is a syllabus for each paper and we recommend that you use this as the framework for your study. To help get you started the Institute provides a recommended reading list. We would also encourage you to review past papers which are published below.

We recommend that you allow between 45 to 65 hours of study for each paper.

CILA text books can be purchased from our publishers, Witherby at

The recommended exam text book, Property Insurance Law and Claims, can be purchased at a discounted price of £30 if you entered to sit a CILA exam. Please email with your full name and details of the CILA exam/s you have entered.