Professionalism Course

The Professionalism Course focuses on the Institute's Code of Professional Conduct and its practical applications, the ethical requirements of being an actuary and the dilemmas actuaries are likely to face in practice. It provides members with an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a professional and aims to explain the obligations, risks and legal responsibilities of members of the actuarial profession. The residential course also provides attendees with the opportunity to strengthen their professional networks. From 2016, the Professionalism Course will also require participants to complete the Whistleblowing eLearning Course prior to attending.

On the first evening of the Course, participants will also have the opportunity to network and build relationships with other participants, Course Facilitator, Institute Staff and Council Members at the Presidential Drinks and the Professionalism Course Networking Dinner.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the course, members should be able to:

  • apply the principles of ethical decision-making;
  • describe the obligations and responsibilities of a professional;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the key features of the Code of Professional Conduct and the Professional Standards as they relate to their practice area;
  • identify situations where other expertise is required and reconcile when the Code of Professional Conduct is applicable;
  • understand the legal liability of a professional; and
  • increase their persuasiveness in meetings and presentations.

Learning Resources

It is expected that members complete the Whistleblowing eLearning Course and a number of pre-readings before attending the course. Access to the Whistleblowing eLearning Course, pre-readings and additional Professionalism Course information will be made available on the online Learning Management System


Students can enrol for the Professionalism Course during enrolment period online here, or by completing an enrolment form. All enrolments are acknowledged by email. Students who do not receive confirmation of enrolment are advised to contact the Education Team.

Students are not required to enrol into the Whistleblowing e-Learning Course separately. Your Professionalism Course enrolment fee includes your enrolment into the Whistleblowing course.

2017 Course Dates

Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 July 2017 - Melbourne

Enrolment opens Monday 5 June 2017
Enrolment closes Monday 26 June 2017

Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October 2017 – Sydney

Enrolment opens Monday 28 August 2017
Enrolment closes Monday 18 September 2017


Members who enrol in the Professionalism Course are expected to have completed the study for Parts I and II, paid any outstanding exemption fees, and have at least two years of work experience.

Prior to attending the course, members will need to complete the Whistleblowing eLearning Course.  

Course Fee

The fee for the Professionalism Course includes:

  • all course materials;
  • Whistleblowing eLearning Course;
  • morning/afternoon tea and lunch;
  • Professionalism Course Networking Dinner; and
  • a Course Completion Certificate.

Designation Certificates will be distributed by post or presented at the Graduation Dinner after the Professionalism Course.