The Insurance Professional School – your path to the APRI® designation

The Insurance Professional School is a comprehensive, nine-month curriculum offered in two modules, designed to provide new employees with the knowledge and skills needed to excel. In partnership with the University of Georgia and The Institutes, this program combines online, self-paced learning with activities and live virtual sessions that reinforce both understanding and application of the material to real world scenarios. Upon completion of the full learning experience (Insurance Fundamentals I & II), participants will receive the APRI (Accredited Professional in Risk & Insurance) designation from The Council and The Institutes.


  • Cohort-based, comprehensive, brokerage-centric virtual curriculum
  • Taught by University of Georgia Professors with practical industry experience
  • A two-module approach (module one is four months, module two is five months)
  • The Council is partnering with the University of Georgia (the #1 Risk and Insurance Management School in the country) and The Institutes to both develop and teach the program
  • Completion of both modules results in a formal APRI designation from The Insurance Professional School
  • A combination of live online and on-demand courses run 4-6 hours per week, enabling employees to manage professional responsibilities while immediately practicing newly acquired skills and principles



    The Insurance Professional School combines online, self-paced learning with activities and live virtual sessions that reinforce understanding and provide opportunities to apply the material to real world scenarios. Our program is intentionally designed to allow participants the time they need to do their job while learning the skills they to succeed. This structured approach also requires less of the manager’s time for training and development.

    Our partnerships with industry experts allow us to offer your employees in-depth knowledge, facilitated discussions, growth-oriented assignments and accountability checkpoints to ensure learning retention.

    Participant time commitment: approximately 4 hours per week


    The Insurance Professional School is the perfect opportunity for firms to attract and retain young employees with the motivation and drive to become seasoned industry champions. The expert instruction the School offers is best paired with participants with less than three years in the industry, who are licensed and in whom you see potential.

    Roles that will find the most value in attending The Insurance Professional School include:

    • Producers
    • Account executives
    • Account managers
    • Claims professionals
    • Other business development associates

    Not sure who to send? If there is someone that you are uncertain about enrolling in The Insurance Professional School, we have developed a screening test which will determine coverage proficiency. Contact for more information.


    MODULE 1 & 2: Individual: $4,500

    MODULE 1: Individual: $2,500

    MODULE 2: Individual: $2,000

    Additional designation exam fees will apply.


    University of Georgia Terry College of Business


    The University of Georgia partnership with The Insurance Professional School provides industry-leading expertise, high-level instruction, and hands-on application of the technical skills participants need to excel at their firm. The Risk Management and Insurance Program at UGA’s Terry College of Business is home to the largest undergraduate program of its kind in the U.S. and has again been ranked #1 by US News and World Report.


    The Institutes


    The Institutes are a trusted knowledge partner for The Insurance Professional School, providing proven online content as a foundational component of the commercial property-casualty insurance curriculum. The Institutes are the leader in delivering knowledge solutions that empower risk management and insurance professionals to help those in need.


    Jennifer Atkinson is Lecturer of Risk Management and Insurance in UGA’s Terry College. She is a highly rated instructor and has taught 70 sections of upper-level courses in class sizes ranging from 14 to 125. She also serves as Faculty Advisor to the Insurance Society and Gamma Iota Sigma and has been successful in increasing the number and quality of activities offered to resulting in participation in both clubs having increased significantly. Under Jennifer’s guidance, the UGA chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma has consistently earned the “Well-rounded Chapter” award from the national organization. Previously Atkinson was Vice President of Bowring March and was Risk Management Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    BBA, Risk Management and Insurance, University of Georgia



    Daniel J. Brown is Lecturer of Risk Management and Insurance in UGA’s Terry College. Prior to joining the college, Brown was Senior Manager of Competitive and Product Analysis at Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company where his work focused on predictive analytics and modeling, competitive analysis, product development and reinsurance.

    Daniel is a member of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals among other affiliations.

    MBA, Business Administration, Georgia College and State University
    B.B.A., Finance, University of Georgia



    Rob Hoyt is the Dudley L. Moore Jr. Chair and Professor and Department Head in Terry’s Risk Management and Insurance Program. He teaches corporate risk management and enterprise risk management and has served as the Department Head for Insurance, Legal Studies, and Real Estate for 16 years. He was Interim Dean of the Terry College in 2007 and has been on the UGA faculty since 1988.

    Ph.D., Risk and Insurance, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    M.A., Risk and Insurance, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    B.S., Math, Economics, Actuarial Science, and German




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