Why study with the IRM?

Whatever stage you are at in your career, our qualifications will help you to develop your risk management skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately, no matter which sector, organisation or country you work in. Studying with us also demonstrates your credibility with employers.


Studying with the world’s leading professional body for risk management with a global reputation as offering the gold standard of risk qualifications, you will be drawing on theory and practice, and utilising real life examples.


Our qualifications are developed by leading academics and risk practitioners across the world, ensuring our qualifications are highly practical and meet industry needs with the required academic rigor. 



Learning Experience


Our course developers, examiners, trainers and module coaches combine academic excellence and experienced risk practitioners. This means you’ll pick up plenty of practical skills and knowledge through case studies, interacting with fellow students, members and module coaches through our discussion forums or attending our face-to-face course.     


Our qualifications are not easy, but we try and make your study experience as straightforward as possible. 


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Flexible Study


Distance learning gives you the flexibility to study at home at your own pace. Our extensive global network of examination centres and our special centre policy means you can study and take your examinations anywhere in the world. 





Enrolling for a qualification means you join IRM and become part of our global community that covers over 100 countries. You also access a valuable range of benefits to support you through your risk management studies and beyond. These include our online resource centre, access to thought leadership, topical webinars and much more.


The International Certificate is the first step towards becoming professionally qualified in risk management. Successful completion of the Certificate enables you to become a Certificate Member and use the internationally recognised designation IRMCert. The International Diploma is the start of your professional journey and entry point to achieve Certified Member (CMIRM) status. 


Designations demonstrate your personal achievements and can be used on your business cards, email signatures, LinkedIn profile and other professional materials.  


Student membership subscriptions expire at the following points:


  • International Certificate programmes:
    30th June following your successful completion of the qualification, or 30th June following two years at student member grade from enrolment date - whichever is first

  • International Diploma:
    Expires 30 June annually; students will need to maintain their subscription annually until they have completed the course.


You will be required to renew your subscription on an annual basis thereafter.  


Recognition of Prior Learning

We recognise the value of previously completed relevant qualifications from other educational bodies. We grant exemptions from part of or all of the International Diploma. This eliminates duplication of study and can fast-track you through our qualifications. 

Opportunities for gaining formal recognition of learning acquired through experience, rather than qualifications, are also available.  

Earnings Potential

Research consistently shows the importance of being professionally qualified in any profession. As organisations across the world increasingly recognise the importance of risk management, qualified and experienced professionals are more likely to attract the appropriate levels of rewards.