Associate in General Insurance (AINS®)

Gain a strong foundation in general insurance principles.

What an AINS can do for you

I really believe that having the AINS designation has helped me secure both of my positions within my company. I would absolutely recommend obtaining any designation you can and furthering your education as much as possible. Hiring managers definitely take these into consideration when making decisions about who they want to hire.

Erin Dees AINS Operations Manager

87% of Institutes designees recommend The Institutes' courses

89% of those surveyed said that an Institutes designation was a good addition to their resume

76% of Institutes designation completers feel that earning their designation resulted in recognition from management

AINS at a Glance

9-15 Months Virtual Exams

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

  • AINS 21: Property and Liability Insurance Principles

Identify a specific track in which you want to build your expertise and complete those required courses within that concentration.


  • AINS 22: Personal Insurance
  • AINS 23: Commercial Insurance

Commercial Lines

  • AINS 23: Commercial Insurance

Personal Lines

  • AINS 22: Personal Insurance

Take control of your learning path. If you are earning AINS through the commercial or personal lines concentration, you can choose from 30+ electives. 

See your elective options based on concentration.

If you are earning AINS through the general concentration, an elective course is not required.

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 are interested in CPCU, complete Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs.

AINS Designation

Total Requirements:
Average Completion Time:
9-15 Months

Still Wondering if AINS is Right for You?

Here are some final facts to help you decide if this is right designation for your role as well as your future career goals. 

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My Courses

When you're working toward your educational goals, it's important to stay focused and create a schedule that works for you.

That’s why you can quickly and easily access your online courses online, anytime, so you can get what you need to develop the skills your role requires.

Within your online course you will have access to:

  • Course assignments
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Practice exams and mor
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Is a Designation Worth It?

If you have questions about whether to pursue a designation versus an MBA, why our students choose our programs, or where to begin, we’ve got the answers! Download our guide, “Take Your Career to the Next Level,” to learn why a designation is worth the investment. 

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