IRA - ECOP Training


The Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) has partnered with the College of Insurance to train, examine and issue certificates in the Executive Certificate of Proficiency in Insurance. The IRA is the Government agency mandated with regulating, supervising and developing the insurance industry in Kenya.

The College of Insurance is the only public training institution in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region with the mandate to carry out training and certification in professional insurance programmes. The College prides itself in being the regional centre for excellence in insurance training.

Objective of the programme
The purpose of the course is to increase the knowledge of Kenyans about insurance services. The programme is intended to impart knowledge of insurance to Kenyans of all walks of life and enable them earn income through selling insurance. It also aims to encourage them to buy insurance to meet their own needs.

Target group
The target group includes, but not limited to, community leaders, persons involved in other trades and professions, women group leaders, small traders, leaders of local organizations, school leavers and religious leaders who must be all county residents

The training and examination are offered free of charge by the IRA who is the sponsor of the project. Participants will only be required to meet their travel costs.

The course is open to Kenyans of integrity resident in Makueni County. They should be holders of KCSE certificate, over 18 years of age, literate and able to communicate in English and Kiswahili.

The training will be held in Makueni County for two weeks as follows:

Week 1: Essentials of insurance 16th – 20th January 2017

Week 2: Introduction to insurance practice 23rd – 27th January 2017

Trainees will be examined at the end of each week. The course will cover life and general insurance including selling skills, micro-insurance, communication, agriculture insurance and takaful (Islamic) insurance.

Successful trainees will be awarded certificates during a graduation ceremony on 28th January 2017.

Successful trainees will be issued with a ECOP Certificate and a licence to operate as an insurance agent. The training is fully sponsored by IRA. However, Trainees will be required to pay a fee of Kes.1000 to enable the Authority to licence them as an insurance agent upon successful completion of the training.

The Payment for licence shall be made via MPESA Pay Bill No. 830300.
Account No.: use your National Identification (ID) Number

Benefits of the training to trainees
The training offers many benefits to the trainee. These include:

  1. A recognized certificate that will enable one to obtain employment.
  2. An additional source of income for those already engaged in other trades.
  3. Increased knowledge and understanding of insurance.
  4. An opportunity to meet other Kenyans and share experiences.
  5. Become an insurance professional.

Application forms may be collected from the Office of the Governor, Makueni County Government or Ward Administrator offices. The form may also be downloaded from the here (click to download), IRA website and College of Insurance website Duly completed forms should be returned to the above offices on or before 29th November 2016.

Those admitted to the programme will be notified on telephone.