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Why you should consider ACIA designation

A professional designation from the CIA shows potential employers, clients, and others that you possess the knowledge and skills and professionalism to be an effective actuary. Your ACIA designation will set you up for later career success. See what’s involved.

Ways to become ACIA

Pathway 2: Have your Associate-level qualifications assessed by the CIA and continue through our education system

If you are an individual who already has or are considering getting Associate-level qualifications from another recognized actuarial organization, you can explore your options for pursuing ACIA designation.

Recognized Fellow designations include those granted by:

  • Actuarial Society of South Africa (South Africa)
  • Casualty Actuarial Society (United States)
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (United Kingdom)
  • Institute of Actuaries of Australia (Australia)
  • Society of Actuaries (United States)
  • Society of Actuaries in Ireland (Ireland)

This is the partnership route. It is designed for people who wish to become an ACIA and who have full or partial Associate-level qualifications from another actuarial organization. They can then join Pathway 1 to complete requirements for ACIA and/or continue on to FCIA designation through the CIA’s education and examinations.

You might consider this path if:

  • You want to leverage your Associate-level credential from another actuarial organization to help achieve ACIA and possibly FCIA designation
  • You want to avoid any duplication of effort, to reduce travel time, and to lower costs associated with designation
  • You see value in having more than one Associate-level designation
  • You are satisfied that an FCIA designation will meet your Fellow-level needs both in Canada and internationally (if you want another Fellow-level credential, you can consider Pathway 3)
  • You want to keep your options open
  • You may want to pursue FCIA through innovative, open-book, online CIA Fellowship exams and modules

Steps for Pathway 2

Find out if your completed credentials and/or exams are recognized by the CIA

Successfully complete the ACIA modules (if not exempt)

Complete ACIA membership application

Pursue FCIA if and when ready

Pursuing FCIA

An FCIA designation shows potential employers, clients, and other professionals that you possess a particular and highly sought-after professional skillset and the experience to apply it in a specialized way. It can help advance your career and open new opportunities in traditional and emerging areas of actuarial science.

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