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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 Resume 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. If you’re interested in CPCU, complete Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs.

  • 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

Still Wondering if AINS is Right for You?

Not ready for a designation? We have you covered.

Topic Course Most Popular

Insurance Essentials


Gain a basic understanding of risk management and insurance concepts. Learn key terms and definitions, understand the different types of insurance, and explore how insurance affects society and the economy.

Topic Course

Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance


Confidently serve your customers with an understanding of basic risk management and insurance principles. Build a foundation in insurance functions and regulation, the risk management process, and the claims and underwriting decision processes.

*Based on AINS student exam results vs exam preparation methodologies, 2020-2021