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Online CPCU

Gain the confidence and professionalism you need to stand out with CPCU®, the most trusted credential in risk management and insurance.

100% Online Learning

The Institutes' interactive, online CPCU offers learning opportunities that fit your schedule and help you retain critical concepts, including relevant conversational content, case studies that reflect evolving real-world challenges, and a simulated exam.

 As a new student, CPCU 500 is a great starting point. You will learn about risk management fundamentals with an emphasis on managing risk data, modeling outcomes, and applying new risk technologies. Plus, this course includes a printable workbook with key points and review questions that can help you better prepare for your exam!

Online CPCU at a Glance

6-8 week courses Entirely online Virtual exams

Complete and pass the exam for these core courses as the first step toward earning your designation. 

  • CPCU 500: Managing Evolving Risks
  • CPCU 520: Connecting the Business of Insurance Operations
  • CPCU 530: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Insurance
  • CPCU 540: Impacting the Bottom Line of Insurance Financials

Identify one specialty area and complete all three of those courses within the Commercial or Personal track. Concentration courses cannot be combined outside of your chosen specialty track.

Commercial Track

  • CPCU 551: Addressing Commercial Property Risk
  • CPCU 552: Addressing Commercial Liability Risk
  • CPCU 553: Understanding Personal Insurance and Finance

Personal Track

  • CPCU 555: Developing Personal Insurance Solutions
  • CPCU 556: Planning Personal Financial Strategies
  • CPCU 557: Understanding Commercial Risk

Customize your learning journey and choose one of the courses below relevant to your career goals.

  • AIDA 181: Big Data Analytics for Risk and Insurance
  • CYB 301: Managing Cyber Risk
  • AIC 300: Claims in an Evolving World
  • AU 60: Evaluating Commercial Underwriting Risks
  • ARe 321: Exploring Reinsurance Products and Transactions

Ethical behavior is essential in risk management and insurance. Complete Ethics 312: Ethical Guidelines for CPCU, which provides a framework for making decisions and is offered at no cost.

Score Higher with The Institutes’ Course Materials

Students who take the CPCU simulated exam score 2-3 points higher on CPCU exams!*

Use our study materials and proven exam prep tools to pass your exam with confidence. Your course package includes:

  • A simulated exam proven to increase your chances of passing.*

  • Interactive, online learning activities you can access anytime, anywhere.

  • A printable workbook that highlights key points and breaks down complex concepts.**

  • Full-length practice exams that help you focus and maximize your study time.

The simulated exam helped me a lot. It gives you so much of what you need to be prepared as much as possible and it gave me a lot of confidence.

Sydney Searles CPCU


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. 

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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 our 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.