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. 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.

2018 Course Dates

Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February 2018 – Sydney


Monday 11 December 2017


Sunday 14 January 2018

Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 July 2018 – Melbourne


Monday 28 May 2018


Friday 22 June 2018

Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October 2018 – Sydney


Monday 27 August 2018


Friday 21 September 2018

Please note: The professionalism Course October Enrolments have now closed. We have reached maximum capacity. 


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.