Accredited Professional in Risk and Insurance (APRI)

The Council, in partnership with The Institutes and the University of Georgia, has created a new industry designation designed specifically for commercial insurance brokerage – the Accredited Professional in Risk and Insurance (APRI℠). The APRI can be earned after fulfilling a series of requirements, including completion of The Council’s nine-month Insurance Professional School, which is the only school that accelerates the learning of top talent at brokerage firms, while allowing students to work fulltime and apply their skills on the job. Professionals who achieve this designation will have:

  • The skills needed to handle the challenges and responsibilities of their job
  • Enhanced credibility with clients, peers, and carriers
  • Enhanced confidence which can help a firm retain good talent

As our client base becomes more and more sophisticated, our brokers must be able to differentiate themselves as true experts in our industry.

Those achieving the APRI will be considered to have a greater level of knowledge and specialization.

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The words used in naming the designation also have significance:

    • Accredited – giving official approval of and recognition as outstanding.
    • Professional – someone in a specialized job which requires intense training and who holds themselves to the highest standards.
    • Risk and Insurance are specified in the designation because they are the tools, used to allow the world to innovate.

The designation requirements are rigorous and carefully designed:

  • Complete the 9-month Insurance Professional School
  • Pass the two comprehensive exams at the end of Module One and Module Two of the Insurance Professional School. These exams were designed and administered by The Institutes.
  • Successfully complete the Capstone Project at the conclusion of Module 2. This project is graded by the University of Georgia faculty, the number one ranked RMI program in the US (U.S. News & World Report).
  • Submit a Professional Growth Plan. This Plan intentionally sets these APRI professionals on a path of continuous learning and professional development, with clearly identified next steps in their learning journey.
  • Submit a Letter of Recommendation from their manager.

Once attained, designees have the right to use APRI on all business correspondence and business cards. This puts them in an elite group of professionals who have shown they can master the complicated concepts required to do their job.


Interested in achieving your APRI designation? Learn more about the Insurance Professional School at the link below.