Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Insolvency (CPPI)

The Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Insolvency (CPPI) is your first step towards a successful career in insolvency. The CPPI will give you a solid knowledge of the matters of personal insolvency law and practice – and can act as a stepping-stone towards taking the Joint Insolvency Exam Board (JIEB) exams. This is not to be confused with the CPI, which covers all areas of insolvency.

BPP Professional Education is the leading name in insolvency training in the UK* – so you know you're in the best possible hands. Once you've passed the exam you'll be entitled to apply for Affiliate membership of the Insolvency Practitioners Association. If you become a member, you will be able to describe yourself as an 'Insolvency Technician'.

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 you resit.

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.

We also offer this course in Scotland in partnership with ICAS

*BPP were the first training provider running insolvency courses for 21 years with no other training providers in the market.
⁰Based on December 2015 sitting **terms and conditions apply

Key Information

  • CPPI 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 Personal 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 CPPI exams, with consistently high pass rates.
  • 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*

91% pass rate⁰

Your first step to success

The CPPI is a professional qualification – recognised both inside and outside the insolvency profession – focusing on all matters relating to personal insolvency. It is suitable for those who already work in this area of insolvency or wish to pursue a future career in this area.

Flexible study

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The BPP CPPI programme and flexible learning options are specifically designed to fit around busy home and work schedules. Choose from link courses in Manchester and London, or distance learning in your own time.

Expert tuition

Our expert training team has over 17 years' experience of preparing students for success in insolvency exams.

Our CPPI 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


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

Ways to study

We have specifically designed our CPCI 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.

How to apply

No prior experience or previous qualifications are needed to take the CPPI exam. However, if you have little knowledge about insolvency, we recommend taking one of our introductory courses.

Registration for the CPPI exam

In order to sit the CPPI exam, you must have registered as an IPA student by the 31st January. You must also submit an entry form and pay the exam fee by the IPA's closing date, which is usually around 20 March.

The exam fee is not included in the BPP course fees and it is your responsibility to register with the IPA and arrange payment.

Book now

To book your place on a BPP CPPI course, please fill in the booking form and email it to insolvency@bpp.com

Alternatively, post your booking form to:

BPP Professional Education
5th Floor
Boulton House
Chorlton Street
M1 3HY

Or fax: 020 7067 2850

You can also book your course over the phone, but please have your credit card details ready so we can take a payment. Call 020 3130 6981.

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