Allianz Cornhill has become the first insurer to gain prior learning accreditation from the CII at advanced diploma level for its in-house training programme.

The accreditation relates to Allianz Cornhill's Underwriting Academy and means academy students can qualify for up to 60 credits towards the CII's 290-point ACII qualification. To achieve this students need to complete Allianz Cornhill's in-house motor insurance and property and pecuniary modules.

Allianz Cornhill chief executive Andrew Torrance said the accreditation meant that up to 20% of the ACII qualification could be gained in-house. He said it was a significant step towards the company "developing the most technically skilled underwriters in the industry".

CII director general Sandy Scott applauded the award. He said: "I think they are front-running the industry here. This is a trend that others will seek to follow."