University Associate Programs

One of the primary goals of The National Alliance Research Academy is to introduce young professionals to the insurance and risk management industry. To assist in this effort, The Academy has worked diligently to pioneer new relationships with universities across America.

The Research Academy and University Programs The University Programs are portal programs designed to encourage college students to become active members of the insurance and risk management community prior to their graduation. The Academy also supports educational institutions in their efforts to attract new people into the risk management and insurance industry through the University Associates Program. The Academy nurtures, develops, and maintains important relationships with universities offering coursework related to the insurance and risk management industry.

Open Letter to College Graduates

The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research is participating in this campaign to inspire college graduates to consider a career in insurance and risk management.

University Coursework The Academy offers college students the opportunity to use approved university insurance and risk management coursework to achieve credit toward the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) or Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations.

Depending on the course, students who successfully complete approved university coursework will receive credit for one part of either the CIC or CRM designation. Participating students are then given the opportunity to achieve an additional part of the CIC or CRM by completing and passing a proctored exam. After accomplishing this, students will have successfully completed two parts of the corresponding designation.

Participants will then receive one of two special designations from The National Alliance. A participant will receive either the University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACIC) or the University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM) designation according to the coursework completed. These two designations were created to recognize new professionals for their diligent study while giving them a distinct advantage when entering the insurance and risk management workforce.