Diploma in Personal Insolvency (with a Certificate in Personal Insolvency Practice) recognised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland


Course:  Diploma in Personal Insolvency (with a Certificate in Personal Insolvency Practice) recognised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland

Start date: 11 February 2019

Course Delivery: Classroom-based

Duration: 5 days and 3 Saturday workshops (9.30 am to 1.30 pm)

CPD Hours: Recognised by The Institute of Banking and LIA for CPD Purposes

Course fee: €1,295

The Personal Insolvency Act 2012 constitutes a major shift in Irish policy relating to insolvency and implements a new scheme to ameliorate the difficulties suffered by debtors in discharging their indebtedness.  This new certificate programme, delivered by City Colleges provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to become personal insolvency practitioners.

On completion of the programme the Personal Insolvency Practitioner will be equipped will an in-depth knowledge of insolvency law in Ireland which will enable the Personal Insolvency Practitioner to act for and advise debtors in the personal insolvency procedure.

This programme is designed for suitably qualified applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including barristers, solicitors, accountants and qualified financial advisors who wish to become Personal Insolvency Practitioners. The certification programme is versatile and modules are tailored to ensure all areas of the insolvency process are covered in depth. The City Colleges certification programme provides specialist modules in the areas of finance, law, legal procedure and commerce. Successful participants will be in a position to fully meet the criteria for practice required by the ISI. 

The following candidates are eligible for the programme:

  • A Solicitor in respect of whom a practising certificate (within the meaning of the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011) is in force; or
  • A Barrister at law called to the Bar of Ireland;
  • A Qualified Accountant and a member of a prescribed accountancy body (within the meaning of section 4 of the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003; or
  • A Qualified Financial Advisor who holds a current qualification from the Life Insurance Association of Ireland (LIA), the Insurance Institute or the Institute of Bankers School of Professional Finance; or
  • A person who holds a qualification in law, business, finance or other appropriate similar qualification to the satisfaction of the Insolvency Service recognised to at least level 7 of the National Qualifications Framework by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (or equivalent)


“I successfully completed the Personal Insolvency Practitioner qualification at City Colleges in 2013. The College provided first-class lecturers and excellent supporting documentation. The course gives an excellent review of the legislation, a good understanding of the practical options available under the legislation and good guidance into the role and obligations of a Personal Insolvency Practitioner. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course and qualification to those seeking to get a good understanding of this complex area”
Fran Rooney, Barrister at Law.

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  • The Course is structured to ensure that participants from different fields of employment will have the opportunity to qualify as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner.

    Each course comprises of 38 contact hours and three Saturday workshops from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.  Lectures are delivered from South Great George’s Street in Dublin 2. Please note that attendance in person at the weekday lectures is compulsory in order to satisfy the requirements of certification. Attendance in person at the workshops is not compulsory, they will be webcast live online and recorded for review. The purpose of these sessions is to serve as tutorials and to work on practical exercises in the day-to-day work of a PIP.

    The course will be assessed by a two-hour open book examination (50%) and two assignments (25% each).

    The Course is divided into eight sessions with a number of modules per session. The proposed modules will cover the following topics:

    • Session 1: Introduction to Personal Insolvency
    • Session 2: Financial Requirements of the Personal Insolvency Practitioner
    • Session 3: Practical Aspects of Personal Insolvency Practitioner’s Role (Part I)
    • Session 4: Practical Aspects of Personal Insolvency Practitioner’s Role (Part II)
    • Session 5: Legal and Commercial Components of the Personal Insolvency Practitioner’s Role
    • Session 6: Creating a Personal Insolvency Practitioner Practice
    • Session 7: Additional Matters affecting the Personal Insolvency Practitioner
    • Session 8:  Case Studies and Exam Preparation

    Course Dates:
    Monday 11 February to Friday 15 February, from 9.30 am to 5 pm each day
    Workshops will take place from 9.30am to 1.30 pm on 23 February, 9 & 23 March.
    The examination date is Saturday, 6 April from 10 am to 12 pm.

  • Lecturers delivering this programme are leading practitioners in their respective fields who have significant experience and expertise in dealing with the issues raised by personal insolvency.  Modules will be delivered by practising barristers, solicitors, accountants, psychologists and economists who are accomplished in their respective areas of practice.

  • Certification as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner requires completion of the requisite modules and successful completion of a two-hour written examination (50%) and two assignments (25% each).

  • On completion of the City Colleges Personal Insolvency Practitioner Certificate participants will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 and the role it will play in the development of insolvency practice in Ireland.
    • Show a detailed knowledge of the role of the Personal Insolvency Practitioner including the ethical considerations and obligations.
    • Critically assess and interpret all financial, legal and commercial documentation involved in the insolvency process.
    • Communicate this knowledge with the parties involved in the insolvency process.
    • Analyse the financial, legal and commercial documentation involved in the insolvency process.
    • Engage and negotiate with all parties involved in the insolvency process including creditors, debtors, the Insolvency Service of Ireland and the Courts of Ireland.
    • Advise Debtors on all areas of insolvency.
    • Provide Debtors with the required information.
    • Aid Debtors in commencing and completing a  personal insolvency arrangement.

  • The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is an independent government body set up to help tackle personal debt problems.

    The ISI has three debt solutions that are alternatives to bankruptcy, and in fact must be explored before someone can seek to be made bankrupt. To administer these schemes the ISI has established a network of qualified professional advisors around the country who are there to provide advice on the options available to individuals. There are two types of professional advisors; PIPs (Personal Insolvency Practitioners) and AIs (Approved Intermediaries). Everyone providing these services have passed exams on personal debt and are regulated by the ISI. Many PIPs are also accountants, solicitors or qualified financial advisors.

    The benefits of these solutions are that they ensure people have a reasonable standard of living (which is often higher than the amount they were trying to live on before seeking an insolvency solution), one of the terms of the arrangements means that creditors cannot make contact with you during the arrangement, and at the end of the agreed term any money still owed on unsecured debt like credit card debt and personal loans are completely written off. If the person has secured debt, like a mortgage, the PIP will make sure that the repayments are affordable.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with debt, you are not alone. Take the first step to take back control of your finances, make an appointment with one of the growing network of PIPs throughout the country, or if your debt is less than €20,000 and you do not have a mortgage contact an AI. For more information about these solutions and to hear the stories of debtors who have availed of these solutions visit the website www.backontrack.ie or call 0761064200.

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