The Foundation Certificate

A postgraduate certificate programme aimed at inexperienced or new entrants to the insolvency profession.
The Foundation Certificate

The Foundation Certificate is a postgraduate certificate programme aimed at inexperienced or new entrants to the insolvency profession, especially in emerging market and developing jurisdictions. While the course is open for anyone to register, please note that the Foundation Certificate course is suitable for persons with less than five years' experience. 

INSOL International aims to provide an affordable, easily accessible course for working practitioners that can be completed at a realistic pace with the use of modern technology. To this end, the course is presented entirely online and does not require registered candidates to travel anywhere in order to complete the course. This course was presented for the first time in 2019/20.

Foundation Certificate Course

The Foundation Certificate course is presented in one-year cycles between 1 September and 31 August each year and can be completed in one year, or over the course of two years, should candidates wish to pace themselves in the completion of the course.

Registered candidates are required to complete eight modules in order to obtain the certificate, three of which are compulsory modules and five of which are elective modules. For the elective modules candidates can choose from 35 jurisdictions in five regions across the globe and one general module on Ethics and Professional Practice. The prescribed materials for each of the modules have been prepared by experts in practice and academia, reflecting a wide pool of specialised expertise.

Applications for 2024/25 are now open – please click here to register

Please note: Prior to applying for a place on the course ensure that you have registered as a user on the INSOL International website. Please also ensure that you have read the course brochure in its entirety before applying.


Globalisation has fundamentally altered insolvency practice around the world, creating new challenges for lawyers, accountants and turnaround professionals. This trend towards globalisation is complemented by the development and enactment of new legislative instruments, such as the European Insolvency Regulation and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency, the latter of which has been adopted in a number of jurisdictions around the world. With firms and individuals becoming increasingly aware of the importance of preparing for the future, the Foundation Certificate is well placed to prepare inexperienced practitioners or new entrants to the field of insolvency by providing them with a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of international insolvency law.

Course Dates

The Foundation Certificate course for 2024/25 commences with enrolment on 1 May 2024, with the course formally commencing on 1 September 2024.

For further information about the course, download the course brochure by clicking on the “Download the 2024/25 Foundation Certificate Course Brochure” button. Those interested in the course may also contact Sanrie Lawrenson, the Course Leader: 

Contact Sanrie Lawrenson

In order to apply for a place on the course, please click on the “Apply Now” button on this page which will be available from 1 May 2024. Before applying, please first read the course brochure to ensure that you meet the entry criteria for the course.