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Canadian Professional Insurance Broker (CPIB) Designation
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training for senior-level brokers

CPIB Course Descriptions

Tackle the complex issues that senior-level insurance brokers face on a daily basis. Streams and electives in this university-level designation program focus your particular areas of expertise:

  • Specialize in Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, or Brokerage Management streams
  • Choose 3 elective courses from a variety that includes IBAA, college, and university courses
  • Complete 2 mandatory courses common to all streams and 1 mandatory course that defines your stream
  • Declare your stream at any point (but ensure your electives and mandatory course match the stream).

Explore new issues and perspectives through business, analytical, and insurance skills in these courses developed by brokers for brokers. Who better to teach the broker profession? Take all 6 courses to earn your designation, or take individual courses to sharpen your professionalism in a particular area.

Prerequisite: CAIB or AIIC/CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional)

CPIB or CAIB is a prerequisite for IBAA's fast-tracked, online BBA and MBA degrees. CPIB is also recommended (but not required) for the CCIB designation.

CPIB Mandatory Courses

Choose one of 3 CPIB streams: Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, or Broker Management.

Courses Defining the Stream (Choose 1 of 3)

Advanced Personal Lines
Advanced Commercial Lines
Business Strategies (Brokerage Management)

Courses Required for All Streams

Law & Ethics
Claims Management & Administration

Study Options & CE Credits

To find your CE certificate after completing a course, log into your IBAA profile and go to Content & Features > Professional Development. Under the Certification/Program drop-down, select "Alberta Continuing Education Hours" and apply the filter.

In addition to self-study, live online classes may be available for some courses. Course and exam prices are listed separately. (All prices include GST and shipping.)


Work at your own pace: ideal for those who have strong study habits and are very motivated and highly disciplined. A minimum of 50% on the exam entitles you to a CE certificate.

Member $200 / Non-Member $410

Live Online Classes

Connect with brokers around the province in these weekly live online classes. Explore the important issues with peers and your facilitator: great for those who want to be webbed in and want structured learning.

A minimum of 75% class attendance or 50% exam grade fulfills the CE requirement. For attendance, IBAA monitors online time. Minimum attendance for a CE certificate means attending 75% of the classes—with an 80% or higher attention rate during each class (for example, no pop-up windows for email or minimized screens).

Member $400 / Non-Member $810

Exam Registration

Exam registration is required for all CPIB mandatory courses. Exam registration is now separate from course registration so you can choose your optimal date. Exam success is required for course completion.

Exam Type Member Non-Member
"Standard" $400 $500
"Late" and "Rewrite" $150 $300
"Deferral" $0 $0

We strongly recommend taking our full CPIB course before its exam, but course registration is no longer required for exam registration. All exam registrations are pending approval from the IBAA.

The Elective Courses

Your 3 elective courses must match your chosen stream and be approved by IBAA. Elective courses/equivalencies can be taken through a university, a college, or IBAA. Distance learning may be available. Contact Rob Barnes ( to confirm the equivalency before undertaking the elective.

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