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Lead the Future With CPCU®

Gain practical leadership skills with The Institutes Designations CPCU, the leadership standard in risk management and insurance.

Real CPCUs, Real Stories.

Learn how being a CPCU enhances the dynamic life experiences of real CPCUs worldwide, alongside their other roles and identities.

Online CPCU At A Glance

6-8 week courses Entirely online Virtual exams

Gain strategic leadership 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
  • Critical Thinking
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Data Analysis
  • Cross-Organization Collaboration
  • Develop and hone your critical-thinking skills so you can solve strategic business challenges
  • Lead teams confidently with a solid understanding of how insurer departments connect with one another
  • Develop solutions that address exposures created by the legal system
  • Use ratios and monetary calculations to determine the financial impact of potential strategies
  • Use data to further contribute to the insurance value chain and elevate your organization's competitive advantage

CPCU is more than a designation — it's an experience. From the moment you start a CPCU course, you join a bustling community ready with advice, study groups, networking opportunities, and more. 

Strengthen your network of other risk management and insurance professionals through the CPCU Society and stay at the forefront of emerging trends through ongoing continuing education with CPCU In Good Standing

If you have earned a master's degree or non-Institutes professional certification, you may be eligible to waive courses in CPCU. Visit the Academic Waivers page for more details or to complete the Waiver Form.

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

CPCU Designation

Total Requirements: 10 Average Course: 6-8 Weeks Program Completion: 18-24 Months

Still Wondering if CPCU is Right for You?

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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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