The course is intended to produce graduates who are technically and practically competent to start a career in the insurance industry in Uganda.


The specific objectives are as follows:

 i.    To equip students with basic foundation knowledge of insurance in 

         order to develop a better understanding of insurance practice.

ii.  To apply the technical and practical skills needed in starting a career

     in the insurance industry.

iii. To acquire knowledge to improve the selling, underwriting,

     investigating or assessing losses of insurance products to the public. 

 iv. To appreciate the importance of business ethics with special 

     reference  to insurance.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this programme, the Learner should be able to;

  1. Apply the basic insurance knowledge and skills to his/her workplace.
  2.  Operate as lower level officers with insurance firms or run an insurance agency.
  3. Acquire technical and practical skills needed in building careers in the insurance industry
  4. Acquire knowledge selling, investigating and underwriting insurance business functions in the workplace.
  5. Gain the necessary business ethics with special reference to the insurance industry.


The Certificate in Insurance is appropriate for:

  •   Anyone wishing to gain a broad understanding of insurance principles, key disciplines and products.
  •    Employees who have no formal insurance qualifications but wish to objectively demonstrate insurance knowledge and understanding.
  • Anyone working in specific technical claims handling or underwriting roles within a call or service centre environment
  • Insurance staff employed in support functions such as human resources, marketing, IT and finance wishing to develop an understanding of the industry in which they work.
  • Staff working for an organization whose primary business is not insurance, but which offers insurance advice and products as part of its overall service to customers.


The general regulations of IIU shall govern studies and examinations for the Certificate in Insurance.

 Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Certificate in Insurance the following shall apply:

  1. Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) certificate with a minimum of three passes.


Possession of appropriate or relevant professional qualifications.

 Selection of the Courses

Certificate in Insurance (CIU)

A total of thirteen papers are offered and a student will qualify for the Certificate in Insurance by sitting and being examined in five course units. To be awarded a Certificate in Insurance, one must have completed five course units as follows;

·                     One (1) Compulsory (mandatory) course unit,

·                     Two (2) Core Insurance course units

·                     Two (2) Complementary course units.


Students who will have covered some of the papers under the COP will be exempted of the Compulsory (mandatory) course unit and the Core insurance course unit which he/she will have covered.

Structure of the Programme

The courses are indicated in the table below. 




Compulsory (Mandatory) Course

COP 101

Fundamentals of Insurance (compulsory)


Core Insurance courses (Choose any two)

COP 201

Principles & practice of General Insurance business.

COP 202

Principles & Practice of Life and Pension Business

CIU 203

Principles & practice of Motor insurance                 

CIU 204

Principles & practice of Health Insurance                 

CIU 205

Principles & Practice of Loss Adjusting         

CIU 206


CIU 207

Bancassurance  Principles and practices


Complementary (Choose any two)

CIU 301

Communication in insurance

CIU 302

Professional Selling Skills       

CIU 303

Basic Financial Accounting    

CIU 304

Information & Communication Technology

CIU 305

Essentials of management


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P.O.Box 4184, Kampala.

Tel: +256 417 333 500



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