Actuarial Education Supports

The Society welcomes the supports outlined below.  Though the Society is not directly involved in developing or reviewing the content of the tutorials and discussion forum, we believe that they may be useful to our Student members 



Classic Actuarial Education provides Actuarial Exam Remediation Tuition (tutorials and private tuition).

This tuition is primarily aimed at students who are having difficulty with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) exams so they are less likely to encounter unnecessary setbacks on their path to qualification.

Three levels of IFoA exam remediation support are available:

  • Level 1 - An Actuarial Exam Remediation tutorial. Two tutorials are running in July on July 9th, from 17:00 to 20:00, and July 20th, from 09:00 to 12:00. For further information on Actuarial Exam Remediation Tuition, click here
  • Level 2 – The Actuarial Exam Remediation Tutorial plus a review of a previous IFoA exam attempt to explain not just what the student did not do well, but the likely reason why they did not do well. Contact for further details and to register.
  • Level 3 – All of the above, plus private individual coaching in the run up a resit attempt. Good advice is generally risky, so students are requested to sign a covenant not to sue for this tuition so that all reasonable support and advice can be given to students. Contact for further details and to register. This tuition was fully booked for the April 2024 exams, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor: Dr Colm Fitzgerald FIA FSAI: Dr. Colm Fitzgerald has extensive experience with the IFoA exams, but also took four years to pass one exam when he was qualifying so he understands what not passing is like. He has been helping students who are stuck in the IFoA exams for the last 20 years. 


“I attended a remediation tutorial in July 2023 and cannot recommend it enough. Colm’s unique framework and guidance on exam strategy is helping me develop a clear and effective approach to tackling the exam. Colm’s passion to see students grow and reach their full potential is infectious, and he does so while also showing empathy for the struggle. His radical candour is refreshing. If you’re open to changing self-limiting behaviours that may not have served well, I recommend Colm as an impactful, honest, and dedicated coach.” – Madhari (Maddy) Kumar

“I cannot recommend Colm’s tutorials highly enough. The approach Colm takes is unique in that it enables the student to focus in on WHY they are failing rather than simply providing an exam revision tutorial. I believe Colm is addressing an area that is sorely lacking in terms of supports available for students who are struggling to pass. Colm shares his experiences of the Actuarial exams in a very honest and relatable way, reminding those of us still on the path to qualification that there is hope after failure. From my own experience, failing exams is very isolating with little resources or options available to students except to keep repeating exams without the knowledge to identify what went wrong the previous time, which can become a vicious cycle of failure and repeating without success. I have approached my exams with renewed vigour and self-confidence after Colm’s tutorial and strongly urge anyone who may be struggling to give it a go.” – Amy Jackman

“Colm engages clearly and enthusiastically with students, he navigates students away from common pitfalls, fostering a mindset geared towards success in achieving their qualification goals. His efforts in demystifying the exams were a real game-changer for myself. He doesn’t just advocate hard work; he presents a strategic framework that maximizes students’ efforts in exam preparation. By empowering students to take charge of their exam journey, he instils a proactive mindset, steering focus towards areas within their control. For anyone embarking on their exam journey or facing obstacles along the way, I strongly recommend considering Colm’s tutorial. It can be a transformative resource, as it was for me, which not only redirects your approach, but may also reignite your confidence in achieving exam success. ” – Richard Irwin

“There are two sides to exams: knowing the exam and knowing yourself. Having failed the same paper on 5 separate occasions, I was fairly confident that it wasn’t the content that was holding me back. Rather, I was stuck all up in my own head, in a negative feedback loop of “why can’t I pass these damn things?!”. Luckily I was in touch with Colm, who was able to point me in the direction of Classic Actuarial Education and the remediation tutorial. Colm’s teaching approach is unique, and cuts through of a lot of the nonsense that gets in the way of passing exams. The tutorial is not a 2+ hour session of papers, but rather a directed discussion about the exams, yourself and what you need to do/change to get the results that you’re capable of. In my first sitting post-tutorial, I managed to pass SP5 on my sixth attempt, with a score far in excess of what I had achieved previously. ” – Tadhg Treacy

“When I enrolled on the [July 2023] course, I thought it was more of an application on how the questions are set (you did do this at some point), how to answer and the language but the tangent was very different from the expectation. To be honest, at the initial start of the discussion, I was thinking, oh was this a poor decision and should I not have paid for the session. I gave the approach a chance and I passed [my last] two exams to qualify for Fellowship. Thanks for the session.” – Edward Ngotho


€200 for the Actuarial Exam Remediation tutorial.

Vocational and professional education is VAT exempt in Ireland and therefore the CP2 tutorials and the exam remediation tutorials and private tuition are not subject to VAT.

How do I book?  




ActEd will run a tutorial in a specified location if they receive sufficient demand from students, therefore we would like to remind SAI Students that if they would like to attend an extra tutorial in Dublin or one that is not on the scheduled list from ActEd to please submit a request for a tutorial on the ActEd e-store here. You can do so by clicking on "Tutorials" and then "Request a Tutorial (non-scheduled)".  You can state your chosen subject, course type and your preferred location. You may also submit your request by fax using the Tutorial Application Form.

It is recommended that you still apply for an advertised course in case ActEd are unable to run an extra tutorial in the location you requested.

Alternatively, you may book onto one of the advertised courses and also specify a preferred location. When using the e-store here, select your first, second and third choice courses before clicking on "Add to Basket and request a non-scheduled tutorial" to state your location preference. If you do this, ActEd will automatically switch your application if they are able to run a course in your preferred location. If applying by fax, tick the appropriate box(es) on the application form.

Please make sure your colleagues sitting the same exams also follow the procedures above to increase the likelihood of these tutorials running in Dublin.  It is stressed that although there is demand for requesting the extra tutorials, ActEd do not always have the resources to run the extra tutorials so everyone is encouraged to apply for an advertised tutorial course as well.


The ActEd discussion forum is a useful resource operated and maintained by ActEd that allows students to discuss various aspects of study/exams with fellow students.

It is also used by ActEd tutors who sometimes contribute to discussions and provide clarity in topics where students may be having difficulty.

This link takes you directly to the ActEd discussion forum.



For information on CP2 & CP3 Tutorials, click here.