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Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter - CPCU

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter
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From risk management principles to complex policy and coverage analysis, CPCU is the premier designation to ensure your professional success.

This Program Is Recommended For

  • Agents and brokers
  • Agency principals
  • Claims representatives
  • Line of business managers and executives
  • Insurance litigators
  • Risk managers
  • Underwriters

Course Levels

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Completion Time Frame

Complete the program in 2-3 years.

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"After 18 years in claims, I decided to pursue the CPCU designation as a way to further my career. Earning CPCU not only helped me secure a management position, but also helped me become a better claims professional. CPCU showed me how important it is to continue your training in order to be successful within the insurance field .”

Robert C. Haberman, CPCU, AIC, ARM, CSMA, CPSA, CSRP
Property Supervisor
Western Reserve Group

Bottom-Line Benefits:

Enhance your career like over 69,000 CPCUs before you.


of CPCUs believe earning their CPCU prepared them for their long-term career goals.

Put your career on the fast track.


of CPCUs say earning the CPCU designation accelerated their careers.

Gain access to a network dedicated to helping you succeed.


of CPCU Society members value the opportunities that being a member gives them to engage with industry experts.

"Getting the CPCU designation was the best move I ever made..."

David S. Hershey, CPCU, ARM
Risk Manager
Sprague Energy/ Lexa International

Course Requirements
  • Four foundation courses
  • Three courses in either the personal lines or commercial lines concentration
  • One elective course
  • Completion of Ethics 312--Ethics and the CPCU Code of Professional Conduct 
Course Sequence

You can take courses in any sequence according to your background, needs, and interests.

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Program Requirements


In order to satisfy the CPCU education requirements you must pass in any order; four foundation courses, all three courses from within your choice of either the personal lines concentration or the commercial lines concentration, and one elective course.


  • To satisfy the CPCU ethics requirements, you must either pass the 50-question exam in the free online Ethics 312 module OR have completed the CPCU 510-Foundations of Risk Management, Insurance, and Professionalism course.
  • The CPCU Code of Professional Conduct notes ongoing professional education as a core value for every CPCU. Learn more.


To earn the CPCU designation, in addition to completing the education requirements, you must:

  • Matriculate with The Institutes by completing an online form and submitting a fee-- this registers you as a CPCU designation candidate and requires you to abide by the CPCU Code of Professional Conduct.  It is recommended that you matriculate as early as possible in your CPCU studies. You will receive a link to the matriculation form when you register for your first exam.
  • Before earning the CPCU Designation, you must be able to show that you were engaged for a minimum of 17 1/2 hours a week in acceptable insurance activities for any 24 months during the five-year period immediately preceding the conferment of the designation.


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Conferment Dates

Here are upcoming dates for The Institutes' CPCU Conferment Ceremony and the CPCU Society's Annual Meeting:
September 21-24
New Orleans, LA

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