American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters/The Institutes
The American Institute For Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (known as The Institutes) is an educational organization directly supported by the property-casualty insurance industry to help meet its personnel development and professional education needs.
The Institutes are responsible for delivering and administering the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Program, upon completion of which designation holders may join the CPCU Society (an affiliated organization) as full members. The Institutes' knowledge solutions also include associate designation programs in areas such as claims, risk management, underwriting, and reinsurance; introductory and foundation programs; online courses; research; custom solutions; assessment tools; and continuing education (CE) courses for licensed insurance professionals and adjusters through its CEU.com business unit. The Institutes' research division, the Insurance Research Council (IRC), provides timely and reliable empirical research to all parties involved in public policy issues affecting risk and insurance.
The Institutes' courses offered throughout the United States and abroad are of four types: (1) formal classes, which may be publicly offered on college campuses or privately conducted at insurance companies; (2) online classes; (3) informal study groups, which may have a designated leader or shared leadership; and (4) self-study, which primarily benefits those individuals who, because of distance and time factors, choose to study at their own pace.
The credentialing examinations test a candidate's ability to master a body of knowledge and to communicate it clearly to others. Program examinations are two to three hours in length.
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