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Associate In Personal Insurance (API)

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Earn Your Associate In Personal Insurance (API) Designation! 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.

What You'll Learn With API Training

  • Insurance Customer's Needs and Perceptions
  • Marketing Personal Lines Insurance Products
  • Risk Selection and Underwriting
  • Regulation of Personal Insurance
  • Personal Liability: Exposures and Coverages
  • The Personal Auto Policy: Vehicle Characteristics and Physical Damage Coverage
  • Personal Umbrella Insurance: Exposures, Coverages, and Underwriting
  • Residential Perils, Hazards, and Underwriting
  • Personal Inland Marine: Exposures, Coverages, and Underwriting
  • Recreational Watercraft: Exposures, Coverages and Underwriting
  • Miscellaneous Motor Vehicles: Exposures, Coverages, and Underwriting
  • Underwriting
  • Risk Management
  • Loss Exposure
  • Rates
  • Operations
  • Claims Handling
  • Pricing
Read below for curriculum info and exam requirements.

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Curriculum For The Associate In Personal Insurance Designation

To earn the Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designation, you must choose one of the following two completion paths:

Path 1:
  • API 28: Personal Insurance: Underwriting and Marketing Practices
  • API 29: Personal Insurance: Portfolio Management and Issues
  • AINS 21: Property and Liability Insurance Principles
  • AINS 22: Personal Insurance
Path 2:
  • API 28: Personal Insurance: Underwriting and Marketing Practices
  • CPCU 555: Personal Risk Management and Property-Liability Insurance
  • CPCU 556: Personal Financial Planning


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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