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)

New for 2017 courses, we are offering a Lifetime Pass Assurance. This means that in the event that you are unsuccessful in your exam(s), you will be able to attend the entire course for free at the next available sitting* to help you prepare for your resit.

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.

⁰Based on December 2015 sitting

*terms and conditions apply

Key Information

  • CPI training is a great first step for an insolvency career, an excellent starting point for JIEB exams, with no previous experience or qualifications needed
  • The programme provides a practical introduction to the work of an insolvency practitioner, with industry leading learning materials
  • Enables affiliate membership of Insolvency Practitioners Association
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency widely recognised both inside and outside the insolvency field
  • A blend of live online tuition in modularised, bite-sized chunks, combined with face to face Revision & Mock courses in state of the art venues in London & Manchester
  • We have over 25 years’ experience in preparing students for their CPI exams, with consistently high pass rates (100% in December 2015 sitting)
  • The programme provides a practical introduction to the work of an insolvency practitioner
  • Lifetime Pass Assurance means you can attend the next sitting of the entire course for free if you are unsuccessful in your exams*

100% pass rate⁰

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.

Our CPI programme is now delivered through a blended learning approach incorporating live interactive lectures as well as classroom based teaching.

Our award winning Online Classroom Live is renowned for its interactive and engaging approach. It lets you study wherever you have internet access and is ideal if you want the flexibility of studying around your work and other commitments. All sessions are delivered by our expert tutors and are recorded. You will be supported throughout with a dedicated tutor and a scheduled programme of work to prepare you for this important exam.

Benefits of BPP’s online classroom live

  • Participate in engaging and interactive live scheduled lectures
  • Ask your tutor questions as they arise in and out of class time
  • Get instant tutor feedback during the Live sessions
  • Rewatch, or catch up on any live sessions you miss
  • Proactive support from your dedicated tutor via email
  • Interact with fellow students through our online forums

Dates and Prices

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 


Our programmes our delivered by industry experts covering a range of topics including administrations, receiverships, advocacy and corporate insolvency law and practice.

Flexible learning

We have specifically designed our CPI training programmes for busy professionals who need to fit their studies around a full work schedule. So we have made studying for the qualification as easy as possible.

Our regular online lectures will provide you with the core knowledge you will need for the exam as well as discussing a wide variety of practical and commercial issues facing the insolvency practitioner including the legislative changes due to be implemented in due course.

We provide you with the study materials together with a work programme for each module to help you manage your time and preparations for the exam. The study materials include a comprehensive study text, a question bank as well as passcards. To compliment the online lectures, we have classroom based revision courses which will focus on exam technique and implement the knowledge gained through the online programme. We also will run classroom mocks to allow you to implement and fine tune your exam strategy as you head towards the final stages.

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.

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 2016 you can enrol for a Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency course in the following way:

  • The online part of the course – complete flexibility and classes are scheduled to run towards the end of the working day
  • Revision classes and mocks will take place in state of the art venues in London and Manchester where lunches and refreshments will be provided