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Associate in Risk Management (ARM™)

Make a real-world impact by gaining a holistic and strategic understanding of risk assessment and treatment with The Institutes Designations ARM.

ARM at a Glance


Gain skills you can use right away with the ARM designation. This program includes:

  • 3 courses, plus ethics
  • 9–12 month completion time
  • 100% online courses
  • Virtual exams for all courses
  • Mailed diploma upon completion

Ready-Made Career Skills:

  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Compliance
  • Risk Analysis
  • Cyber Risk Management
  • Risk Financing
  • How to best collaborate with key business stakeholders and lead holistic risk management strategies
  • Proven techniques to effectively create risk management strategies that combine insurance coverage with other measures and mitigate the impact of losses on an organization’s bottom line
  • How to speak the language of data scientists, risk specialists, and other experts to create a comprehensive understanding of an organization’s risk, including cyber and reputational liabilities
  • Best practices to navigate risk by understanding the ramifications of laws and regulations on an organization’s liability

Once you complete the ARM designation, you’ve knocked out 3 of 5 core courses for CPCU. Keep your momentum going and earn 2 of The Institutes’ most popular designations in as little as 2 years. Learn more about the ARM Path to CPCU.

You can select a testing window when you purchase your exam and take it any time during that window. ARM 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 ARM is the right fit, sample the content for free by enrolling in the Online ARM Micro-Course. The micro-course includes actual content from the program, so you can decide if it’s the best choice for you.

ARM Designation

Total Requirements: 4 Average Course: 6-8 Weeks Program Completion: 9-12 Months

Still Wondering if ARM is Right for You?

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

Not Ready for ARM? We've got you covered.

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

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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 The Institutes Designations 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.