Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI)

The Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI) is a great first step to developing your career in insolvency – a qualification that's recognised both inside and outside the insolvency profession. It can also be used as a stepping stone to attempting the Joint Insolvency Examination Board Exams (JIEB), which must be passed before applying for an Insolvency Practitioner's Licence.

Choose BPP Professional Education for your CPI training and study with a training provider offering the very best tuition and guidance.

Our professionally qualified training team are experts in guiding students to success in insolvency examinations, having 17 years of experience in preparing candidates to succeed.

BPP Professional Education prepares you for exams that are assessed and awarded by the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA)

We also offer this course in Scotland in partnership with ICAS

This award is by the professional body. BPP Professional Education provide an excellent study programme to prepare you for the assessment. This is not a BPP University course.

Key Information

  • CPI training a great first step for an insolvency career
  • Excellent starting point for JIEB exams
  • No previous experience or qualifications needed
  • Classroom courses in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency widely recognised
  • Online distance learning option
  • Enables Affiliate membership of Insolvency Practitioners Association

Your first step towards JIEB

CPI training equips you with a sound knowledge of insolvency law and practice – whether you're already working in insolvency or you're in a related profession and considering making it your future career.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency is a flexible, intermediate qualification that covers both corporate and personal insolvency.

Gain IPA membership

Pass the CPI and raise your professional profile through membership of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA). Membership extends your professional capabilities by entitling you to describe yourself as an 'Insolvency Technician'.

Firm foundation for qualifying

Although CPI training doesn't offer exemptions towards the JIEB exams, it does provide a firm foundation for approaching them and gaining an Insolvency Practitioners Licence. With around 2000 licensed insolvency practitioners in the UK, success in the CPI exams can play an important role in preparing you to work at the highest levels in this rewarding field.

Find out more about studying for JIEB exams with BPP Professional Education.

Dates and Prices

Below are the dates and prices for courses in 2015:  

CPI Refresh Course

Below are the dates and prices for courses leading towards the CPI December 2015 exams:

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Amounts payable to professional body for registration: £120
Subscription Fee: £255

Refresh course

For those who didn't pass their June CPI exams the IPA are running an additional sitting of their exams in December 2015. BPP have put together a Refresh course for the CPI to help you to prepare for the upcoming exams.

CPI refresh programme

Our CPI refresh programme will be delivered using BPPs Online Classroom Live.

Our award winning Online Classroom Live is idea if you like the discipline and motivation of a structured and timetabled course and can commit to scheduled sessions delivered by one of our expert tutors. You can study wherever you have an internet access and as the live, interactive sessions are all recorded, you can watch any that you missed later, or review the course again.

Who are these sessions for?

These sessions are for students retaking the CPI in December 2015

Dates and Times:

Log in from your home or office to give yourself the best chance of success in the coming exams.


£450 + VAT

To make a booking or an enquiry, please email us at insolvency@bpp.com


Andre Evans

Andre Evans set up BPP Insolvency Courses in 1992. He has long experience of preparing candidates for professional examinations in the areas of law, accountancy and financial services. In particular he has, taught students for all three JIEB papers as well as the CPI, CPCI, and CPPI examinations. Andre also works with a variety of professional services firms, government bodies and corporates coaching and facilitating on professional development programmes. Andre was BPPs Head of Learning and Development from 2010 to 2013. He now focuses on teaching JIEB liquidations and is currently Head of Insolvency Programmes.

Charanjit Uppal

Charanjit is a qualified solicitor advocate and spent 8 years in practice with Hammonds advising on both personal and corporate insolvency issues. Charanjit took his Joint Board exams with BPP in 2005 and was a prize-winner in that year. He joined BPP in 2007 and specialises in teaching administrations, receiverships and company voluntary arrangements for both the JIEB and CPI qualifications as well as presenting on a wide variety of continuing professional development courses in the areas of advocacy and corporate insolvency law and practice. He is qualified to teach both corporate and insolvency elements of the JIEB and CPI papers.

Charles Turner

Charles is a licensed insolvency practitioner taking appointments since 2000 and has much frontline experience gained over more than 25 years in the profession, mainly with a big 4 firm. He is a former winner of the Insolvency Practitioner of the Year (2009) for personal insolvency in the profession's Insolvency and Rescue Awards and finalist in 2014.

Charles has extensive experience of the wider profession at a senior level, representing the interests of IPs with government and is the Immediate Past President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, a leading regulator.

Charles has had a long term interest in and involvement with professional insolvency exams, having acted as examiner and marker for the CPI for many years. He developed and launched the CPPI in 2009 and the CPCI in 2013 and has been chief examiner for this suite of exams for a number of years. Charles passed the JIE and obtained his licence with PWC where he also provided extensive training at JIE level to PWC students. In 2014 he acted as a trainer for BPP for the JIE and is also training students on the CPI, CPCI and CPPI from 2015. Critically Charles is skilled at preparing students well in what is required to pass exams as well as to build their practice skills and act as IPs in due course.

Guinevere Ellis

Guinevere has successfully passed all of the JIEB exams to qualify as an Insolvency Practitioner, and prior to that trained and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA).

Prior to becoming a professional trainer, Guinevere held many senior positions in Finance within various industries - including media, leisure, financial services, manufacturing and retail - as well as gaining experience in the insolvency arm of an accountancy firm. She was Head of Finance for Airbus UK for a number of years, before moving her career to Sydney, Australia in 2001 to work as Chief Financial Controller for a media company. The media company was successfully traded through administration before receiving substantial investment which is when Guinevere acquired her initial interest in insolvency.

In 2005 Guinevere decided to work full time for BPP Professional Education teaching insolvency for which she has a passion.

Guinevere teaches at JIEB level and specialises is teaching Personal Insolvency, although she does teach all three subjects. She also specialises in bespoke courses for insolvency clients.

Flexible learning

We've specifically designed our CPI training programmes for busy professionals who need to fit their studies around a full work schedule. So we've made studying for your Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency as easy as possible.

Choose the learning approach that suits you best – including full link courses based in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds plus distance learning and study materials to support independent learning. Because your success is our priority, there's also a retake course – should you need it.

Full link CPI courses

Our classroom-based link course programme provides you with the best chance of passing the CPI examination at the first attempt – supported by directed home study and link examinations. That's why we recommend the link course route for all first-time candidates.

All CPI link courses include:

  • Seven, two-day courses (14 days in total) covering liquidations, personal insolvency; administrations, CVAs and receiverships; insolvency accounts and revision courses covering the key areas of the syllabus
  • Learning Media Study Manual; Question Bank and Passcards, Revision kit; Link tests; Home Study work Programme and home study mock exam
  • Downloadable audio presentations – and access to our online study area containing forums, study guidance and other useful articles and exam related documents
  • Link test marking and student study support
  • Access to our online learning environment including live forums; past papers and additional distance learning programme.

You also have the option to book onto our 'Final Mock Exam Days' for additional exam practice and support.

Online Classroom

You can also prepare for the CPI exam through Online Classroom – either alongside a classroom link course or on a self-study basis. This means you can work in your own time and space using the same comprehensive study materials we list for the link course above.

You'll benefit from direct access to your tutor via phone or email – so you can get the most from our study guide, text books and other user friendly learning materials. You'll also be able to take full advantage of our mock exam and consolidation exercises so that you're as fully prepared for your CPI exam day as possible.

You also have the option of purchasing additional extra training days – if you feel you need them.

CPI study materials

Study using the materials most relevant to your needs. You can choose them when you make your booking, and you'll only pay for what you need.

Entry requirements

You do not need any specific experience or previous qualifications to be eligible to sit the CPI exams.

About the exam

The CPI exam is a test of insolvency competence and consists of a single three-hour paper, held once a year, set by the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA).

Forty per cent of the paper is allocated to multiple-choice and short form questions, while the remaining 60% is based on essay style questions.

Approximately two thirds of the marks will be for corporate insolvency matters, while the remaining third will be for personal insolvency matters.

A copy of the most recent version of the syllabus is available from the IPA. Results are usually available at the end of August.

Introductory courses

If you're new to insolvency and are planning to take the Certificate in Proficiency in Insolvency, you could consider taking one of our one-day insolvency awareness courses first. Designed to help students understand what insolvency is, they are particularly useful if you are changing career or discipline from other areas of practice.

Choose from:

  • Understanding Corporate Insolvency
  • Understanding Corporate Accounts
  • Understanding Personal Insolvency

Scottish variant

The IPA runs a Scottish variant of the CPI examination based on Scottish legislation. BPP materials and courses are not therefore applicable for the Scottish version – please contact the IPA for further details.

Key dates

If you wish to sit the CPI exam in June, you must be registered as an IPA student by the 'cut-off date' at the end of January.

You then need to submit an entry form and pay the exam fee by the IPA's closing date – normally around 20 March.

It's important to note that it's your responsibility to register with the IPA and to pay your CPI exam fees which are not included in BPP course fees.

Study locations

In 2015 you can enrol for a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency link course programme in London, Birmingham and Manchester:

Please note that on occasion classes my take place at external locations.