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Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU™)

Enhance your professional confidence and build a strong foundation in underwriting principles.

AU at a Glance


9-12 Months Virtual Exams

The first step towards earning your AU designation is to complete and pass the exam for these core courses.

  • AU 60: Evaluating Commercial Underwriting Risks
  • AU 61: Underwriting Organizations' Property Risks
  • AU 62: Underwriting Organizations' Liability Risks

Customize your learning journey and gain credit toward CPCU by choosing one of the courses below relevant to your career goals.

  • CPCU 551: Addressing Commercial Property Risk
  • CPCU 552: Addressing Commercial Liability Risk
  • CPCU 557: Understanding Commercial Risk

Complete the following course offered at no-cost, to acquire the decision-making tools to maintain ethical standards and preserve the public’s trust.

  • 311: Ethical Decision Making in Risk and Insurance

If you plan to pursue CPCU, complete Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs.

What an AU can do for you

Every course has benefited my career in some fashion. Many times when making a decision on a promotion, your education will help in making you the more desired choice for the position you are going for.

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Tracie Warder CPCU, AU, AINS Commercial Farm Ranch Consultant at American Family Insurance

87% of Institutes designees recommend The Institutes' courses

95% of AU completers said that their designation was a good addition to their resume

77% of AU designees said completing the program helped prepare them for their current professional responsibilities.

AU Designation

Total Requirements: 5 Average Course: 5-7 Weeks Program Completion: 9-12 Months

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