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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 CPCU, the most trusted credential in risk management and insurance.

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

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 study outline 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

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 Resume 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:

  • 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

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

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.