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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 2 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 Career 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.

  • 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 AU? We've got you covered.

Try one of these to get started and gain the skills you need to advance your career.

Designation Most Popular

Associate in Insurance


Select the program path that matches your career goals and gain foundational knowledge in risk management and insurance.

Topic Course

Captive Insurance Fundamentals


Elevate your knowledge of captive insurance from a global perspective. Meet your client’s needs and learn the basic captive insurance terminology and concepts, including how to form and operate a captive insurer.