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Associate in Insurance: Master Insurance Basics

Grow your career and speak like an insurance pro in no time with The Institutes Designations Associate in Insurance (AINS®).

AINS at a Glance

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

Ready-Made Career Skills:

  • Insurance
  • Claims Handling
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Customer Service
  • Risk Assessment
  • Insurance Operations
  • Personal Insurance
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Cross-Organization Collaboration
  • Insurance basics to help you build the foundation you need to understand how risk is assessed and claims are processed
  • How to collaborate with colleagues across departments by understanding how different areas of the business influence each other
  • Best practices for serving customers by understanding how insurer functions work together to create and deliver products
  • A broad overview of risk and insurance by learning the different types of insurers and risk management practices
  • How to easily adapt and serve your customers as your organization grows and insurance needs change

You can choose 1 of 7 electives to complete your AINS designation. Based on your career goals, consider which area you’d like to dive into more fully or which course provides credit toward another designation you may want to complete. 

If you wish to gain a broad view of insurance, select either AINS 102 or AINS 103, whichever one you didn’t choose for your concentration course.

You can select a testing window when you purchase your exam and take it any time during that window. AINS virtual exams are timed and you will have 65 minutes to complete 50 questions.

In addition to using other exam prep materials included in your course, we recommend taking the simulated exam before you take your credentialing exam. It mimics the exam structure and level of questions you’ll find on the actual exam, and students who take it pass their exams at higher rates than students who don’t.

If you aren’t sure if AINS is the right fit, sample the content for free by enrolling in the Online AINS Micro-Course. The micro-course includes actual content from AINS 101, so you can decide if it’s the best choice for you.

AINS Designation

Total Requirements: 4 Average Course: 6-9 Hours Program Completion: 3-6 Months

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