Cultivating talent for the future of the industry

The National Alliance Research Academy designed and initiated its unique University Associate (UA) Program in 2002. Created to support educational institutions in their efforts to attract college students into the risk management and insurance industry—the program meets future workforce needs and inspires a new generation of professionals who seek meaningful work. Beginning with Florida State University, the program has grown to include 29 colleges and universities across the country.  Participants will 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.

29 colleges and universities across the country.

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.

Gain your professional advantage while you earn your degree

Through the University Associate Program, college students earn credit for completing two parts of their Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) or Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation and are awarded a special university-level credential—University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACIC) or University Associate Certified Risk Manager (UACRM)—all while pursuing their college education. As a result, these high-achievers are earmarked for success, having gained a significant advantage over their peers upon entering the insurance and risk management workforce.


School Benefits

  • No need to adopt different or new curriculum.
  • Additional materials for faculty are available.
  • Receive recognition for equipping students with a designation.

Student Benefits

  • Stand out from other candidates while seeking employment.
  • Earn a nationally recognized designation.
  • Complete the Online CIC or CRM through the UA Program.


  • Appraiser
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Claims Investigator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Enterprise Risk Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Broker
  • Loss Control Consultant
  • Loss Prevention Field Representative
  • Management Executive
  • Marketing Representative
  • Product Development
  • Risk Manager/Analyst
  • Sales Agency Manager
  • Sales Agent/Broker
  • Underwriter

Together, with universities all over America, we bring new talent to the risk and insurance industry

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