Ordinary Member (Student/Affiliate upgrade)

Application for Ordinary Membership

An applicant for Ordinary Membership should:

  • Have passed the Joint Insolvency Examination (JIE) set by the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB); or
  • Have passed the IPA Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency examination (CPI) or Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Insolvency (CPPI) and have two years’ experience in insolvency or insolvency-related work; or
  • Have three years’ experience working on insolvency cases; or
  • Hold a current licence to act as an Insolvency Practitioner (IP) from another recognised professional body (RPB) or the Secretary of State; or
  • Be an official receiver or equivalent grade in HM Government’s Insolvency Service; or
  • Have undertaken a significant contribution to the knowledge and practice of insolvency

Membership Benefits

  • Right to use the widely recognised IPA logo (terms and conditions apply).
  • Networking opportunities through our events and conferences.
  • A comprehensive annual programme of CPD training opportunities and Events.
  • Access to exclusive member only rates for events and training.
  • Opportunities to sit on IPA Committees to be part of influencing change and shaping the
  • insolvency profession with the possibility of progression to the IPA Board.
  • Regular updates with a dedicated focus on insolvency through our monthly electronic
  • newsletters, printed publications and reports.
  • Showcase your expertise with the recognised designatory letters – MIPA, FIPA and AIPA.
  • A range of exclusive member offers.

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  • If you also intend to apply for an IPA licence to act as an IP, you can apply in parallel using this form.
  • The JIE or CPI or CPPI should have been passed in the ten years before the application. If you passed the examination more than ten years ago, you may be asked to re-sit the examination unless you can show that in the intervening period you have been working in an insolvency practice – and in which event, you may be able to apply for membership based on that experience.
  • Insolvency administration is defined in the Articles as the performance, administration and discharge of those functions, powers, activities and duties which are attached to or are incidental to any office, appointment or position held by an IP or any other similar office or position or appointment as a professional adviser concerning the realisation, recovery, reorganisation, reconstruction, settlement or distribution of the assets, liabilities or affairs of any individual, corporation or other person or body of persons.

Your Experience and Qualifications

Your insolvency experience should be confirmed by an IP – they may be your sponsor; or you should attach a copy of your current IP licence or appointment as an official receiver or equivalent grade.

Your Sponsor

Your application should be supported by a sponsor who works in insolvency or a related field, for example legal, financial, insurance and creditor groups.

Your sponsor should provide a letter addressed to the President of the IPA (not “to whom it may concern”) setting out:

  • his/her full name, address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail;
  • his/her job title/position and any qualifications, honours, decorations;
  • the capacity in which he/she has known you, and for how long;
  • his/her view of your character and suitability to be an Ordinary Member of the IPA; and
  • your experience where your application is based in part or whole on your insolvency experience (this should be confirmed by an IP).

Your Suitability

The IPA will take into account the matters set out in your application and may make such further and other enquiries of third parties as it considers appropriate as to your character and suitability to be an Ordinary Member.

If an applicant does not meet the requirements, their application, background, and experience would still be considered.

Ordinary Membership Fee

Membership fees run from 1 January to 31 December each year.

Should your membership not be accepted by the Association, we will refund the fee in full.

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