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Associate in Personal Insurance (API)

ABTrainingCenter.com offers API training and certification courses for those individuals interested in earning the prestigious Associate in Personal Insurance designation.

The Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designation is the undisputed professional credential for persons whose area of specialty is personal lines insurance.

The API designation signifies that an individual working in this field has attained comprehensive knowledge of the following subject matter: personal insurance business, including underwriting, marketing practices, the personal insurance environment, personal insurance profitability, the product development process, and portfolio management.


Candidates must pass an examination for four of the following required courses to earn the designation:

Required Courses
  • API 28: Personal Insurance: Underwriting and Marketing Practices
  • API 29: Personal Insurance: Portfolio Management and Issues
  • INS 21: Property and Liability Insurance Principles
  • INS 22: Personal Insurance
Course Sequence: It is best to take the courses in the following order: AINS 21, AINS 22, API 28, API 29. The study material for each course presumes that you have mastered the knowledge in any preceding course(s).

Course Waiver Information

Passing CPCU 553 waives INS 22 for the purpose of earning API. One can also earn API by passing API 28, CPCU 555 and CPCU 556.

Examination Requirements
  • Each exam is a two-hour, 85 objective question, computer-administered exam
  • Your results will be provided immediately upon the completion of your exam.
  • National exams are given at local testing centers during the following two-month windows:
    • January 15 - March 15
    • April 15 - June 15
    • July 15 - September 15
    • October 15 - December 15
  • Exam fees will apply
  • Contact Prometric testing centers at 800-266-3232 for more info or to schedule your exam

Ethics Requirement

Those pursuing the API designation must pass a 50-question exam in the Ethical Guidelines For Insurance Professionals online module. This module is offered by the Institutes at no charge. If you wish to earn CE credits for passing the 50-question, objective, online exam included with it, there is a nominal $5 administrative fee.

Additional Requirements

Candidates are not required to meet experience or education requirements to attain this designation.

Continuing Education Requirements

A designee is not required to fulfill any annual continuing education requirements, nor are there any annual fees for a designee to maintain the designation.

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