IAI Accreditation Program: Scaling the Actuarial Landscape with Trust and Inclusivity

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IAI Accreditation Program: Scaling the Actuarial Landscape with Trust and Inclusivity

It fills us with an immense pride, deep sense of responsibility and professional probity to introduce the transformative IAI Accreditation Program. A remarkable initiative exclusively designed for a holistic growth in actuarial education and profession. The objective of Accreditation programme is to nurture and enable a university/ institution curate courses with existing syllabi which has been mapped to that of IAI or the IAI syllabus itself! This allows the flexibility for institutions to innovate in both programme content and assessment methods, including coursework, also allowing for the programme to include aspects of actuarial research. This innovative program not only aligns with the core objectives of the Institution, but also serves as a driving force in strengthening the Actuarial Science realm.

Institute of Actuaries was established under the Actuaries Act 2006 for regulation of profession in India. One of the objects of the Institute is to promote the status of Actuarial Profession.

The Goals of Accreditation: At the heart of the IAI Accreditation Program lie its pivotal objectives:

  1. To achieve better quality education by diverting the focus from passing exams to an approach that places greater emphasis on the education.
  2. The University/Institute program are taught by people skilled in subject matter of early examinations.
  3. Increased ability to attract the best and brightest candidates to the actuarial profession.
  4. Enhanced relationship between IAI and respective Universities/Institution.
  5. Travel time through the examinations may be reduced.

Accreditation framework:

  1. Exemptions for Aligned Programs: Exemptions for examinations aligned with Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Diploma programs related to Actuarial Science and allied subjects. 
  2. Guidance and Standardization: Program extends guidance to standardize relevant educational courses to align seamlessly with IAI syllabus objectives.
  3. Enhancing Infrastructure: We're resolute towards augmenting and maintaining academic and physical infrastructure of exceptional quality.
  4. Elevating Examination Quality: Our commitment involves upgrading and maintaining examination processes to ensure unparalleled quality.
  5. Creating Centres of Excellence: We're actively engaged in developing Actuarial Centres of Excellence within institutions, designed to serve as cornerstone of guidance and support to actuarial candidates.
  6. Undertaking Research Projects: The program propels us forward in undertaking impactful research projects within Actuarial Science and its related areas.

Who can Apply: 

Universities and Educational Institutions offering Actuarial Science courses and allied courses can choose the mode of control mechanism for core level subjects.

To qualify, institutions should offer relevant courses, maintain a minimum number of student members, and adhere to specified criteria.

Navigating the Accreditation Assessment Model for Category A Institutions:

The IAI’s Accreditation Assessment Model offers accredited institutions the flexibility to choose the assessment approach that best suits their needs while maintaining rigorous evaluation standards. This model ensures a balance between institutional autonomy and centralized assessment processes, ultimately contributing to the quality of actuarial education.

Subject-wise Control Mechanism:

Institutions have the flexibility to determine the assessment model for each subject based on their preferences and requirements. The following matrix outlines the available options:


Assessment Model


Institution Control or IAI Control


Institution Control or IAI Control


Institution Control or IAI Control


Institution Control or IAI Control


IAI Control


IAI Control


IAI Control

Institution Control:

Under this mechanism, institutions follow the Accreditation Assessment Framework approved by the council, available here Click here. Evaluation involves preliminary screening and onsite visits to review pedagogy, question papers, and assessments. Institutions meeting accreditation criteria may conduct examinations independently, subject to periodic reviews by the IAI.

IAI Control:

Centralized assessment processes are managed by the IAI, ensuring standardized evaluation procedures across accredited institutions. An internal expert group is responsible for question paper setting, answer script marking, and result finalization. This approach provides institutions with support for academic enhancement and ensures the integrity of the examination process.

  • Benefits for IAI Control Institutions:

    Accredited institutions have access to a range of support services, including reference books, faculty training, and adjunct faculty onboarding. Leveraging IAI Subject Matter Experts for accreditation programs further enhances academic quality and ensures alignment with industry standards.

Our accreditation process is divided into two stages - Onboarding and Exemptions.

Stage 1: Onboarding

  1. Application Submission: Submit completed applications and supporting documentation, click here to access the application, Institution may choose the mode of control mechanism i.e., Institution or IAI control.
  2. Preliminary Screening: IAI shall perform initial screening and any additional information, shall be sought if required. If University/Institution passes the initial screening test, then IAI shall arrange for site visit to verify the information supplied in the application.

Stage 2: Accreditation & Exemptions

Upon successful completion of Stage 1, institutions proceed to Stage 2, where they continue with the Accreditation & Exemptions process. This stage involves a detailed assessment of the institution's program and potential granting of exemptions for specific subjects.

  • Formal Request: Institutions that qualify from Stage 1 submit formal requests for subject exemptions, outlining the specific subjects for which exemptions are sought.

  • Appointment of Independent Examiner: The IAI appoints an Independent Examiner to examine the University course and carry out subject mapping against IAI study material to identify the gaps in the course structure.

  • Course Structure Evaluation: If there are deficiencies/ inconsistencies in the course structure, the Independent Examiner collaborates with the institution to develop a revised structure aligned with the IAI syllabus.

  • Faculty Interaction: The Independent Examiner interacts with faculty members to understand the curriculum and teaching methodologies, especially for subjects where exemptions are sought.

  • Review of Examination Materials: Examination scripts, passing grades, and historical mark distributions for relevant courses are reviewed to assess the rigor and quality of assessment and decision on the par threshold.

  • Recommendations to IAI: Based on assessment, the Independent Examiner submits comprehensive recommendations to the IAI, including:

    • Course mapping with IAI syllabus.

    • Suggestions for changes in the course structure to closely align with IAI syllabus.

    • Recommendations on question paper formats, indicative solutions, and answer script standards.

    • Evaluation of faculty standards and potential support from the IAI.

  • Mapping and Evaluation: Syllabus objectives for exempted subjects are meticulously mapped to ensure alignment with the IAI syllabus. Independent Examiners remain collaboratively assigned to the institution to oversee the delivery of the program and the exemption recommendation process.

  • Assessment: Question papers, faculty qualifications, and other crucial parameters are thoroughly evaluated to ensure adherence to accreditation standards.

The Stage 2 process is exclusively designed to ensure institutions maintain high academic standards and alignment with the IAI syllabus, ultimately contributing to the enhancement of actuarial education and practice. Post qualification in both the stages, a MoU is signed between the IAI and the respective Institution.

Accreditation Renewal:

  1. The Accreditation Renewal will follow the same methodology as Initial Accreditation.
  1. Accreditation shall be for the period of maximum three (3) years. Six months before the expiry of accreditation, the revised assessment report will be screened by the respective authority for granting Re-Accreditation. Once the report is approved by the committee/group, the re-accreditation will be granted for a tenure of three years.

Accredited Institutions:

Sr No. 

Institution Name

Program Name




PGDM in Actuarial Science (AY 2024-25)

CS1, CB2


Bishop Heber College

MSc in Actuarial Science (AY 2024-25)

CS1, CB1

*Subject to Conditions

Important Documents:

  1. Accreditation Assessment Framework for Category A Institutions
  2. Annexures:
    1. Annexure 1 - Accreditation form_Category A Institution
    2. Annexure 2 - Preliminary screening criteria

Join us in our mission to elevate the Actuarial profession and contribute to future of excellence and innovation. For more information, contact us at jamwal@actuariesindia.org or 022-62433361 or 8779892930.

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