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Associate in Insurance AINS®

Increase your potential by mastering the essentials required to succeed with The Institutes Designations AINS.

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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.

1 Core Course
Increase Your Insurance IQ
1 Concentration Course
Focus on personal or commercial insurance
1 Elective Course
Choose from 7 electives
1 Ethics Course
Apply ethical frameworks to your day-to-day job
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3–6 months Virtual exams

Gain skills you can use right away with the AINS designation. This program includes:

  • 3 courses, plus ethics
  • 3-6 months to complete
  • 100% online courses
  • Virtual exams for all courses
  • Mailed diploma upon completion

Start to master insurance basics by completing AINS 101: Increasing Your Insurance IQ.

Choose 1 concentration course to build your expertise in either personal or commercial lines:

Then choose one of the following electives to dive into a specific area more fully. If you wish to gain a broad view of insurance, select the opposite of your concentration course (AINS 102 or AINS 103).

Ethical Decision Making in Risk and Insurance is a free course that's required for all designations, including AINS. 


  • Build the foundation to understand how risk is assessed and claims are processed
  • Work across departments by understanding how different areas of the business influence each other
  • Master best practices to serve clients by understanding how insurer functions work together to create and deliver products
  • Explore risk and insurance by learning the different types of insurers and risk management practices
  • Adapt and serve your clients with ease as your organization grows and insurance needs change


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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