Key Facts

Level of qualification 

Equivalent to degree level

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, students are expected to have some knowledge of risk management tools and techniques.


Completion of the certificate will mean that you have also completed the first part of the International Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management, leaving just 4 modules to complete to achieve the full diploma, which enables you to start your journey to become a Certified Member of the IRM (CMIRM)

English language requirements

IRM's qualifications are delivered and assessed in English. If you are a non-UK student, and English is not your first langauge, we recommend you have an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent evidence of competence in the English language, before commencing your studies.

How long does it take to complete?

There are two enrolment periods each year and students should consider the time commitment for study before enrolling on the course; the Certificate can be completed within 5-9 months, and study time available will depend on when the full course fees have been paid for the enrolment period open at that time. students enrolling later in the enrolment period will need to consider the amount of time remaining to study fo rtheir scheduled exam session before enrolling on to the course.

The course consists of two modules which are studied together. The exams for both are sat in the same exam period that relates to their enrolment window.

Qualification Completion Time Limit

Students undertaking the International Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management qualification must complete the qualification within two years of enrolling as a student. Three attempts are permitted within this timeframe and each attempt will require you to pay a re-sit fee. You will continue to have access to your learning materials provided you have registered to sit an examination. After this point, students will be required to re-enrol and pay a further fee.

Average study time

An indicative study time for the qualification is between 180 and 200 hours per module.

Assessment requirements

From June 2020 each module of this qualification will be assessed by a 90 minutes multiple choice examination.

Membership designations

Successful graduates automatically become Certificate Members (IRMCert).

Examination sessions

There are two examination sessions for the Certificate. These are normally the first week in June and the last week in November. Click here for more details.

Enrolment periods

June exams

8 July - 31 December

November exams

1 February - 31 May


If you are seeking support from your employer to fund your studies, see our list of employer benefits that can be included in your business case.


Contact the Student Support Team

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