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Why Train with the IPA

The IPA is the UK’s sole regulator dedicated to insolvency and the largest insolvency regulator by market coverage.

We’re on hand to support you with our expert knowledge as you train to become an insolvency professional.


Examinations: Leading the Way

Back in 1995, we introduced the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI) examination, which is one of the most respected qualifications in insolvency. It is recognised as a principal route to qualification as an Insolvency Practitioner through successful completion of the Joint Insolvency Examination (JIE).

The CPI tests candidates on general insolvency procedures, also covering topics in both personal and corporate insolvency.

The IPA developed the Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Insolvency (CPPI) and the Certificate of Proficiency in Corporate Insolvency (CPCI) examinations to test candidates in greater detail on these respective areas of insolvency.

Over 2,300 people have sat IPA examinations since they were introduced.


Other Benefits of Studying with the IPA

Benefit from substantial discounts on the IPA’s distinguished calendar of events, which are designed to deliver excellent knowledge and understanding of industry best practice.

You can also claim a student discount card, giving you over 250 discounts at UK retailers. 


Student Membership

This is open to anyone, whether looking to enter, or to advance their career, in insolvency practice or related business, financial, accounting or legal fields; or just interested in knowing more about insolvency. Use the Membership application form menu to locate the appropriate form for you.


There are a number of alternative IPA Membership categories which you should explore before deciding that a “Student Membership” is exactly suited to your needs. See our Membership Criteria. You must be registered as a member of the IPA in order to apply to sit an examination which is administered by the IPA.


Student, Affiliate and Ordinary Membership details are shown within the Membership section of this web site.