The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has introduced a new general insurance test, to be available as part of a membership package.

The Foundation Insurance Test (FIT) has already won the support of the General Insurance Standards Council (GISC). It said the test would help firms fulfil its training requirements.

The FIT has been designed for young people and comprises 100 multiple-choice questions on the general insurance market, risk and insurance principles and procedures.

A year's membership, the test and course book will cost £95 if applications are sent before May. The test and course book alone are £70 for CII members. The first testing session will be held in April.

The CII plans to run a themed promotional campaign which will challenge the industry to “demonstrate they can meet the insurance FITness test”.

CII director general Sandy Scott said FIT should become a minimum standard for anyone selling insurance or working in the industry.

A GISC spokeswoman said the type of training needed varied throughout the industry, making FIT a useful addition.