Admission Requirements to the SOA

Associateship (ASA) and Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA)


  1. Who may be admitted
    Anyone pursuing actuarial studies may apply for admission to the SOA. If the Admissions Committee approves the Application for Admission as Associate, the candidate will be enrolled as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) or Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) after completing the educational requirements as prescribed by the BOD, subject to any further requirements that the BOD may prescribe. Membership dues are not charged until the Application is accepted and all requirements prescribed by the BOD have been satisfied.

  2. When and how to apply
    The Application for Admission as Associate is separate from the candidate's exam registration and will be issued to candidates via email after the Associateship Professionalism Course (APC). All candidates attending the APC will be required to fill out the Application for Admission as Associate. Canadian candidates for Associateship in the SOA attending the CIA's Professionalism Course will also be required to fill out the Application for Admission as Associate. Any questions regarding the application should be directed to the Membership Services Administrator at membership@soa.org.

  3. ASA and CERA Requirements
    To attain the ASA or CERA credential, the candidate must successfully complete the course requirements described below, and must have the Application for Admission as an Associate approved by the Admissions Committee. (Credit earned from a passing score on previous administrations of former SOA Courses will be converted appropriately.)

Candidates earn the ASA designation by completing the following requirements:

  1. All candidates must complete Exams P, FM, MLC, MFE and C, collectively known as the preliminary exam requirements.
  2. All candidates shall satisfy Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) for three subjects: economics, corporate finance and applied statistics.
  3. All candidates must complete the Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice (FAP) Modules 1–8 and all related assessments.
  4. All candidates must also complete the Associateship Professionalism Course (APC). Candidates must also have an approved Application for Admission as an Associate on file, as described above.


Candidates earn the CERA credential by completing the following requirements:

  1. All candidates must complete Exams P, FM, MFE, and C.
  2. All candidates must satisfy Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) for Economics and Corporate Finance.
  3. All candidates must complete the Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice (FAP) Modules 1–8 and all related assessments.
  4. All candidates must complete the ERM examination and the ERM module.
  5. All candidates must complete the Associateship Professionalism Course (APC). Candidates must also have an approved Application for Admission as an Associate on file, as described above.
  6. All candidates must complete the application for a CERA credential. This application is sent to qualified candidates via email.


Fellowship

Who may be admitted
An ASA will be admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) after completing the Fellowship educational requirements. (Credit earned from a passing score on previous administrations of former SOA Courses will be converted appropriately.)

Candidates must complete all of the preliminary exam requirements, VEE, Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice (FAP) Modules 1–8 and all related assessments and

  1. All FSA Modules as prescribed for the selected track*
  2. All FSA exams as prescribed for the selected track.
  3. Decision Making and Communication (DMAC) Module
  4. Fellowship Admissions Course (FAC)
  • * The FSA modules and FSA exams must be taken within a single specialty track.
  • Candidates specializing in U.S. Retirement Benefits must also complete the EA2F and EA2L examinations prior to qualifying for the Fellowship Admissions Course.