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Associate in Insurance AINS®

Increase your potential by mastering the essentials required to succeed.

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You’re taking the first steps to build your career in the insurance industry. Increase your potential by not only learning, but mastering the essentials required to succeed. Position yourself for a successful career by earning the Associate in Insurance (AINS) designation.

  • Build your understanding of the insurance industry.
  • Speak the language of insurance as you master industry terminology.
  • Learn the role agencies and brokerages play as well as explore your role as an effective agent or broker.

All AINS courses are 100% digital, on-demand, and presented in convenient modules you can complete when and where you want for as long as you want – even in five-minute study bursts.

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Earn your AINS today

In as little as three months you will increase your industry expertise, build your credibility, and prove your dedication to your career with your first designation.

Craft your designation to align with your career goals as you select your concentration and elective courses in our 100% digital, on-demand program.

3–6 months Virtual exams

The first step towards earning your AINS designation is to complete and pass the exam for this core course.

  • AINS 101: Increasing Your Insurance IQ

Build your expertise with one of the concentrations below and complete the required course.

Personal Lines

  • AINS 102: Understanding Personal Insurance

Commercial Lines

  • AINS 103: Exploring Commercial Insurance


Select the opposite of your concentration course (AINS 102 or AINS 103) if you wish to gain a broad view of insurance. If you want to dive into a specific area more fully, choose CPCU 500, ARM 400, AIC 30, API 28, or AU 60.

  • AINS 102: Understanding Personal Insurance
  • AINS 103: Exploring Commercial Insurance
  • CPCU 500: Managing Evolving Risks
  • ARM 400: Risk in an Evolving World
  • AIC 30: Claim Handling Principles and Practices
  • API 28: Personal Insurance: Underwriting and Marketing Principles
  • AU 60: Evaluating Commercial Underwriting Risks


Ethics 311 is a free, required course for all designations at The Institutes. It will help you gain the tools you need to have strong ethical standards and build trust with your customers.

  • Ethics 311: Ethical Decision Making in Risk and Insurance

If you're interested in taking the CPCU program, you'll want to complete Ethics 312: Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs instead.

Your Next Steps

We recommend starting your studies with AINS 101: Increasing Your Insurance IQ. Learn more about and register for each course in the program below. 

To learn more about, select, and register for your AINS elective and Ethics course visit the Progress Tracker.

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Corporate Programs

Building Firm Foundations for Career Success

Your new apprentices, interns, and new hires are taking their first steps to build careers with you. Help them increase their potential as they master insurance essentials while accelerating onboarding with the Associate in Insurance (AINS) designation program.

New agency and brokerage staff in Human Resources, Marketing, Accounting, Client Services, and other supporting roles benefit from the foundational knowledge presented in the AINS program. They will be able to “speak the language” of insurance with each other and producers ensuring everyone is on the same page. This reduces miscommunications and misunderstandings between teammates and clients while increasing productivity and decreasing errors.

The 100% digital, on-demand program lets you design the course of study for or with your employees to align with your career pathing programs and organizational goals. Your customization can be for your entire team, or by individual, as you select concentration and elective courses in the AINS program.

Explore our corporate program options and learn more by contacting:

Hunter Fausnacht | Vice President |
Carol Blaine | Corporate Account Manager |


We want to help you succeed! If you have questions give us a call or send us an email.


U.S. and Canada: (800) 644-2101

Outside the U.S.: (610) 644-2100

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