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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®).

1 Core Course
Master insurance basics with AINS 101
1 Concentration Course
Focus on personal or commercial insurance
1 Elective Course
Choose from 7 electives to dive into an area more fully
Apply ethical frameworks to your day-to-day job
Stand out with your AINS designation

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

Start to master insurance basics by completing AINS 101: Increasing Your Insurance IQ.

Choose 1 concentration course to build your expertise in either personal or commercial lines:

Then choose one of the following electives to dive into a specific area more fully. If you wish to gain a broad view of insurance, select the opposite of your concentration course (AINS 102 or AINS 103).

Ethical Decision Making in Risk and Insurance is a free course that's required for all designations, including AINS. 

  • 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

AINS Designation

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

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