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Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU™)

Enhance your professional confidence and build a strong foundation in commercial underwriting principles with The Institutes Designations AU.

3 Core Courses
Create a solid foundation in commercial underwriting
1 Elective Course
Choose from 3 CPCU courses to expand your strategic thinking
Apply ethical frameworks to your day-to-day job
Stand out with your AU designation

AU at a Glance

12-15 Months Virtual Exams

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

  • 4 courses, plus ethics
  • 12-15 months to complete
  • 100% online courses
  • Virtual exams for all courses
  • Mailed diploma upon completion

Ready-Made Resume Skills:

  • Data Analysis
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance Operations
  • Threat Analysis
  • Commercial Underwriting

Gain a comprehensive view of commercial underwriting with these core courses:

Expand your strategic thinking and gain credit toward CPCU by choosing one of the courses below:

Ethical Decision Making in Risk and Insurance is a free course that’s required for all designations, including AU. If you’re interested in CPCU, complete Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs.

  • Understand how emerging technology has transformed underwriting and how to leverage it in your day-to-day work
  • Evaluate commercial property loss exposures so you can appropriately select and price risks
  • Analyze the full spectrum of liability risks facing an organization so you can accurately determine loss potential
  • Determine a property’s level of fire protection so you can ensure coverage is priced properly
  • Understand the ins and outs of excess and umbrella liability insurance so you can provide increased limits to customers

AU Designation

Total Requirements: 5 Average Course: 6-8 Weeks Program Completion: 12-15 Months

Not ready for a designation? We have you covered.

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