Part I

Part 1 consists of eight core technical (CT) subjects:

  • CT1 - Financial Mathematics
  • CT2 - Finance and Financial Reporting
  • CT3 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics
  • CT4 - Models
  • CT5 - Contingencies
  • CT6 - Statistical Methods
  • CT7 - Business Economics
  • CT8 - Financial Economics

The eight core technical exams that make up Part I can be completed through the various study pathways  available for students to gain their exemptions.

Part I may be completed by:

Universities Accredited by the Actuaries Institute

Seven Australian universities currently offer accredited education programs that cover the Institute’s Part I syllabus. Students may be granted exemption from Part I based on university grades that are consistent with Institute standards.

Exemption eligibility

Australian National University A Credit average
Bond University
Provisional Accreditation
(Provisional  accreditation for CT1 – CT8)
A Credit average with a minimum of a pass for each subject
Curtin University An average of at least 73%, with a minimum mark of 73% for CT1 and CT6 subjects and 65% for all other subjects
Macquarie University A Credit average. Where more than one subject is required to meet the professional exam requirements, a minimum of 60 on each subject is required except for CT2 and CT7 where a minimum of 65 on each subject is required.
Monash University
A Distinction average, with a minimum Credit grade for each subject
University of Melbourne An average approximating 73%, with a minimum of 73% for CT2, CT3 and CT7 subjects
University of New South Wales A Credit average

Upon authorisation, the student’s university advises the Institute of the student's eligibility for Part I subject exemptions. The Institute then advises the student of their exemption eligibility.

For more information about undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Australian accredited universities, see University Courses.

Universities Accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Students who study at a university outside of Australia and New Zealand, which is accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and can provide a certified copy of the recommendation letter from the relevant Professor or the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and certified copies of the academic transcript(s) may be eligible for Part I exemptions.

Students who study at a university outside of Australia and New Zealand that is not accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries are not eligible for Part I exemptions through the Actuaries Institute.

To apply for exemption, students should submit an Application for Exemption (IFoA Accredited University).

Examination through the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Students are able to sit Part I examinations offered through the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which are held in April and September of each year.

Students wishing to enrol in Part I examinations must first become a student member and enrol online through the Actuaries Institute.

Students must not apply directly to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries for examination entry. Applications made directly to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries will not be accepted.

To find out more about the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Examinations read Part I Examinations.

Non-Accredited Universities in Australia and New Zealand

Students who study at a university in Australia or New Zealand that is not accredited by the Actuaries Institute may apply for an exemption from CT2 - Finance and Financial Reporting, CT3 - Probability & Mathematical Statistics, CT7 - Economics or CT8 - Financial Economics. Students attending non-accredited universities cannot gain exemption from CT1 - Financial Mathematics, CT4 - Models, CT5 - Contingencies or CT6 - Statistical Methods.

To apply for exemption, students should submit an Application for Exemption (Non-Accredited University).

Applications for exemption are assessed by the Institute Exemptions Committee, which meets in March, July and November. Applicants are notified of decisions following these meetings.

For more information about the Exemptions Committee and exemption applications, please see Part I Application for Exemption.

Credit Transfer

Students may be eligible for a direct credit transfer at no additional cost, if they have completed one or more Core Technical subjects (CT1 – CT8), Specialist Technical subjects (ST1 and ST9) and the Professionalism Course through a recognised Actuarial Professional Body. The Actuaries Institute will honour credit transfers from other professional bodies based on their respective arrangements with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. For more information see:

Applications for Credit Transfer will only be accepted for current members of the Actuaries Institute.