92% of all insurance and risk management employers have current job openings they need to fill immediately*

*Source: “2019 Insurance Industry Employment and Hiring Outlook Survey”

With 65+ universities now offering risk management and insurance degrees, how can college graduates stand out and remain competitive in this lucrative industry?

With a UACIC or UACRM designation from The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research: the nations most recognized and respected purveyor of practical and technical education

Cultivating Future Talent

The National Alliance Research Academy began its University Associate (UA) Program to attract college students into the risk management and insurance industry.  This unique program cultivates a capable future workforce and inspires a new generation of professionals who seek meaningful insurance and risk management careers. 

The program has grown to include 29 colleges and universities across the country.

Signifiers of Expertise

College graduates can embark on successful insurance careers by launching from a solid foundation of professional development.  


Students enrolled in the University Associate Program receive one of two industry recognized designations from The National Alliance. 


These college-level designations were created to recognize new professionals for their diligent study and give them a distinct credential to use as they enter the insurance and risk management workforce. 

University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACIC)

For students interested in becoming insurance agency owners, producers, agents, customer service representatives, brokers, and insurance company personnel.

University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACRM)

Open to students interested in Risk Management who want a broad understanding of risks and the many ways to identify, analyze, control, finance, and administer them.

Get a Head Start

While You Earn Your Degree

A degree helps students get started. Combined with a UACIC or UACRM designation from The National Alliance, graduates can stand out and launch fruitful careers.

College students enrolled in the University Associates Program are awarded a university-level credential: University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACIC) or University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM).

University Benefits

Nationally Recognized Curricula

Practical Resources

Access to Industry Experts

Student Benefits

Nationally Recognized Designations

Learning Guides and Exam Prep

Free Course Waiver

Dilligent Study. Distinct Advantage.

The University Associate Program provides college students the opportunity to use their UACIC or UACRM designations as credit toward the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) or Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations from The National Alliance. 

How It Works:

Earn a UACIC or UACRM in 3 steps

Insurance Education for Everyone

It’s no secret that careers in insurance & risk management are lucrative and rewarding. However, quality career education that helps students navigate this dynamic industry is hard to find and pay for.

University Associate Program participants are provided with a waiver to help ease costs and are only required to pay $100 for an exam while in school.

Your Success Is Our Future

  • For over 50 years, the CIC and CRM insurance and risk management designations have been recognized and respected nationwide as signifiers of advanced knowledge and practical experience. Earning these practical insurance and risk management designations gives students a deep understanding of what they will need to succeed in the insurance and risk management industry. The knowledge and skills developed in our designation programs can be used immediately and make participants of the University Associates Program extremely marketable upon graduation.

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