Students in underwriting certificate programs learn how to evaluate risk and set specific terms for insurance contracts. Certificates in underwriting do not usually have prerequisites beyond a high school diploma or GED unless they are offered within undergraduate business degrees.
Often underwriting certificates are learned through participating in an insurance or business certificate program. Certificates can be obtained in as many as 1-10 courses, and online courses are typically available.
Underwriting Certification and Certificate Programs
Within business certification programs that include underwriting certification, coursework often focuses on specific skills, like contract writing, business evaluation and negotiation. Most, if not all, of the coursework in this program takes place in the classroom. Here are some classes that might appear in the curriculum:
- Risk management
- Risk factors
- Business evaluation
- Insurance policies
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that the employment of insurance underwriters will decline 11% between 2014 and 2024. This decline is mostly due to replacement of the duties of an underwriter by technology and computer software systems. Underwriters earned a median annual salary of $65,040 as of May 2015.
Certification and Continuing Education
The Insurance Institute of America offers programs that equip students with advanced knowledge in specialized areas and result in designations (not certifications). For example, The Institute offers the designation of Associate in Commercial Underwriting (ACU) and an Associate in Personal Insurance (API). These designations are earned after completing a series of exams; the exams may take up to two years to complete.
While underwriting certificates can be obtained in as little as 1-10 courses, it should be emphasized that the field is projected to decline by 11% over the next decade due to workload being replaced by technology and computer software systems.