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The exams are split into 4 sections:
eight written exams and one residential course (CT9). You may get exempt from all or most of CTs 1-8 from a college degree.
three subjects which you must pass or get exemption from. Two of these, subjects CA2 and CA3, involve attendance at a two-day residential course.
you need to pass or be exempted from two of the nine ST subjects available. The STs you choose usually relate directly to the area you practice in.
you need to pass one of the seven SA subjects available. No exemptions are available.
Exams can be sat in April or late September/early October. The UK Institute of Actuaries recommends the following exam schedule for an exam sitting:
Three Core technical subjects
Actuarial risk management
Two Specialist technical subjects
One Specialist technical subject and the chosen Specialist applications subject with the
Relevant UK practice module
Some other comparable combination
The study session from May to September is shorter and so it may be difficult for you to study at the same rate during this time.
In order to qualify as a fellow of the institute of actuaries you will need to complete all the above exams and 3 years work experience which must be documented.
A number of postgraduate diplomas are available where exemptions can be gained for the CT, CA, or ST series.
London Imperial College
Society of Actuaries in Ireland
UK Institute & Faculty of Actuaries
UK Faculty of Actuaries students' society
Society of Actuaries in Australia
Society of Actuaries US
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