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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.

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Use code SALE25 to get 25% off all course materials.*

Are You a Current CPCU Student?

Learn how recent CPCU updates impact you, find out how to purchase retiring exams, understand available cross-credits, and more!

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

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: 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.

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Associate in Insurance


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

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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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CPCU in Good Standing

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 CPCU in Good Standing 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