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P&IQ - A qualification for the P&I industry

First launched in 2010, the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs P&I Qualification (P&IQ) programme is designed to provide high quality, targeted training in all aspects of protection and indemnity insurance (P&I).

P&IQ is a rigorous programme of education through which those working in the industry can gain invaluable knowledge of P&I, including the structure of the shipping industry, the history and operation of the P&I Clubs and the different types of liabilities insured. P&IQ is acknowledged as a unique and challenging professional qualification for the P&I industry.

The knowledge gained is both academic and practical, allowing candidates to be acknowledged by their peers, managers, future employers, business partners, clients and customers The P&IQ programme follows a rigorous three-step programme of education, consisting of seven modules covering the following topics:

  • The Shipping Business
  • P&I Insurance History, Operation and Practice
  • Underwriting, Loss Prevention and Claims Handling
  • People Risks
  • Cargo Risks
  • Collision, FFO & Pollution
  • Towage, Salvage, General Average & Wreck Removal

There are three levels of qualifications, as follows:

Qualification Level Notes
P&IQ Certificate Introductory qualification Ideal for candidates new to the industry, or for those seeking to enhance existing knowledge or looking for a general background qualification. To achieve the P&IQ Certificate a candidate must successfully complete the exams in Modules 1, 2 and 3
P&IQ Advanced Certificate Of a more specialist nature and builds on the knowledge gained in studying for the P&IQ Certificate The P&IQ Advanced Certificate is achieved by successfully completing the exams in Modules 4, 5, 6 and 7. A candidate must have been awarded the P&IQ Advanced Certificate before they can move on to take the P&IQ Diploma
P&IQ Diploma The highest level of qualification Takes the form of an additional rigorous written examination which will test the ability to apply the knowledge gained in the previous two levels of qualification to practical scenarios faced by those involved in the P&I industry. There will be no separate learning material for this Module and details of the exam for this Module will be released in due course.

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Exam registration and scheduling information

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Last updated 2018-12-28