IRM's qualifications are unique, as they are developed through extensive collaboration between leading educational thinkers and academics, in partnership with risk practitioners from across the world.
Progressive qualification structure
IRM's qualification structure enables students to progress and develop their knowledge and understanding of enterprise-wide risk management at their own rate and according to their personal needs. From an introductory two day training course through to a postgraduate Diploma, and subsequently Fellowship the sign of a risk expert, IRM offers something for everyone.
Internationally recognised designatory letters on completion
The findings of our membership surveys underpin the message that members value our internationally recognised designatory letters. Being a member of the Institute reinforces your knowledge and skills, in turn enhancing career portability and ultimately personal status and reward.
Builds both theoretical knowledge and practical skills
IRM's qualifications have been designed by leading academics and practitioners from across the world to meet the needs of international organisations and the growing need for risk managers to have an understanding and ability to apply risk management on an international scale.
Accessibility to IRM's qualifications
Principle study materials for the Certificate and Diploma are provided online for ease of accessibility. The Institute offers examinations centres in over 30 countries and can assist students to set up examination centres almost anywhere in the world.
Practical and job specific
IRM recognises that competent risk professionals need not only a thorough knowledge of their subject, but also skills, and specifically the skills needed to implement risk management in a practical setting. IRM qualifications provide a platform for students to acquire knowledge and also the ability to apply this knowledge critically to organisational risk management challenges.
Formal recognition of completion through a 'certificate of completion' and membership
As a student of the Instiute, you join a number of people from all over the world who are studying for an IRM qualification. Successful completion will lead to receipt of a 'certificate of completion', however you should look upon your time as a student as being more than just preparation for examinations. Instead it is the start of a lifelong learning journey and is also an entry route to IRM membership, which in turn is designed to support you throughout your career.
Exemptions - consideration of prior learning
IRM offers exemption from individual modules on the basis of relevant prior learning. This eradicates duplication of learning. Diploma exemptions
Flexible, 'self assembly' qualification
The Diploma enables students to gain competitive advantage through differentiating themselves from other risk professionals in the employment market. Students are not only required to learn and apply the concepts, principles and techniques of enterprise-wide risk management but are required to take two specialist modules enabling them to broaden their technical and/or business sector knowledge according to their need.
IRM recognises that people have differing commitments and demands on their time. Therefore, when it comes to studying a professional qualification, flexibility is paramount. The IRM Diploma is structured to give students the flexibility to take a different number of modules in any one year.
"As a qualified insolvency accountant I found the Diploma especially useful in that it gave me a lot of different perspectives on business as well as risk management. It's very easy to accept the orthodoxies of one particular profession as the only way in which the world can work - the Diploma (with its multi-disciplinary character) caused me to examine those orthodoxies critically, which has been useful as well as interesting" Pauline Bird, MIRM
In today's competitive employment environment, individuals have a greater need to differentiate themselves through personal development. IRM's qualification structure supports this continued competence building through knowledge and skills acquisition, which in turn provides greater personal confidence and enhanced career and reward opportunities.
Demonstrates your commitment to lifelong learning
Studying with IRM is a first step on a career journey that can last your whole working life. After qualification, IRM offers conferences, workshops and special interest groups to keep your skills and comptetences in line with evolving best practice.