Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) Designation

Built on a foundation of broad technical knowledge, high ethical standards, and demonstrated industry experience, the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation program prepares you to meet the changes and challenges of a demanding risk management and insurance marketplace with confidence and professionalism. Passing the required CPCU exams and meeting the ethics, experience, and matriculation requirements earns the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.

Bottom-Line Benefits:

Improve effectiveness by relating risk management and insurance principals to everyday practice
Handle complex commercial property and personal loss exposures with advanced technical knowledge
Increase effectiveness and positively affect overall operations with increased understanding of how different functional areas interact with and relate to each other

We Recommend CPCU for: Agents/brokers, agency principals, claim representatives, line of business managers and executives, insurance litigators, risk managers, and underwriters.


Exam Preparation

The Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation program consists of four foundation courses, one elective course, and three courses in either the personal lines or the commercial lines concentration.

Foundation Courses

CPCU 500—Foundations of Risk Management and Insurance
CPCU 520—Insurance Operations
CPCU 530—Business Law for Insurance Professionals
CPCU 540—Finance and Accounting for Insurance Professionals

Commercial Lines Concentration Courses

CPCU 551—Commercial Property Risk Management Insurance
CPCU 552—Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance
CPCU 553—Survey of Personal Insurance and Financial Planning

Personal Lines Concentration Courses

CPCU 555—Personal Risk Management and Property-Casualty Insurance
CPCU 556—Financial Planning
CPCU 557—Survey of Commercial Insurance

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


Exam Registration

To obtain the study materials and register for the exams and for more information, please contact IIA at 800.644.2101 or visit their website at