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Stand Out With Your CPCU®

Gain the strategic leadership skills you need to take your career to the next level with The Institutes Designations CPCU, the most trusted credential in risk management and insurance.

Join a CPCU Study Group for Core Courses in July!

Sign up for an 8-week, instructor-led study group with the CPCU Society. Data shows that students who participate in a CPCU Society study group score 7% higher on average than they did before joining a study group, so sign up for CPCU 500, 520, 530, or 540 and take your exam in September with confidence.

4 Core Courses
Create a solid foundation in property-casualty insurance
3 Concentration Courses
Focus on commercial or personal lines
1 Elective Course
Choose from 5 electives to hone in on your field
Apply ethical frameworks to your day-to-day job
Stand out with your CPCU designation

What Can CPCU Do For You?

Looking for strategic leadership skills? When current CPCUs were surveyed:

  • 80% of students said a CPCU added value to their current role
  • 95% of students said a CPCU positioned them for new opportunities
  • 80% of students said a CPCU earned them recognition from management

Check out this video to learn more about how CPCU can help you take your career to the next level.

Online CPCU At A Glance

6-8 week courses Entirely online Virtual exams

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

  • 8 courses, plus ethics
  • 18-24 months to complete
  • 100% online courses
  • Virtual exams for all courses
  • Matriculation requirement
  • Mailed diploma upon completion
  • Ongoing continuing education

Ready-Made Career Skills:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Business Decision Making
  • Strategic Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Underwriting
  • Cross-Organization Collaboration

Gain a strategic view of insurance with these core courses as the first step toward earning your designation:

Identify your coverage focus area and complete all three courses within the Commercial or Personal track:

Commercial Track

Personal Track

Then customize your experience by choosing between one of the five electives below:

Have you matriculated? CPCU completers must have at least two years of experience in risk management and/or insurance. This requirement can be completed any time throughout your CPCU journey.

In addition, Ethical Guidelines for CPCUs is a free course that’s required for all CPCU completers.

  • How to plan for the unanticipated and know which risk treatment strategies, coverages, or financial planning tools will provide maximum benefit
  • Insights on how data and technology are transforming insurance so you can offer informed recommendations that achieve business goals
  • How to navigate complex policy choices, determine loss coverage, and prove ROI to better support customers and manage organizational risk successfully
  • A comprehensive understanding of underwriting, claims, and risk control to help you make smart decisions to support your business
  • How to apply data aggregation, quality, and sourcing so you can make better business decisions

If you have earned a master's degree or non-Institutes professional certification, you may be eligible to waive courses in CPCU. For details, review and complete our Waiver Request Form

If you are an international student, please review the International Education Exemption Application regarding qualifications on waivers.

CPCU Designation

Total Requirements: 9 Average Course: 6-8 Weeks Program Completion: 18-24 Months

Still Wondering if CPCU 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 CPCU? We've got you covered.

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

Designation Most Popular

Associate in Insurance


Select the program path that matches your career goals and gain foundational knowledge in risk management and insurance.

Designation Most Popular

Associate in Risk Management


Distinguish yourself by learning how to apply a holistic, strategic approach to risk assessment and treatment by focusing on optimizing the risks inherent to organizations.



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Continuing Education for CPCU

Risk management and insurance is continuously evolving, and as leaders in their field, CPCUs must be at the forefront of emerging trends. After earning your designation, the CE for CPCU program provides a way for you to stay up-to-date on the latest knowledge, while also providing an outlet to showcase your educational efforts.

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CPCU Society

The CPCU Society is a motivated and supportive global community committed to lifelong learning. We support all risk management and insurance professionals on their unique paths including pursuit of CPCU, additional Institutes designations, and other personal and professional development goals. As a Society member you’ll develop your leadership skills, engage with thousands of professionals and enhance your knowledge with access to exclusive events, webinars, podcasts and more.  

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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.

*Based on analysis of CPCU student exam results vs exam preparation methodologies, 2020-2021

**Available for all CPCU core courses.