skryan wrote:In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the Institutes (American Institute for CPCU and Insurance Institute of America). I'm very glad you're considering CPCU. As for what is the best thing for you and your career, ultimately you'll have to make that determination. Having said that, here's some food for thought (in addition to the comments from superdash8's posting):
You don't necessarily have to choose between CPCU and a college degree. You can earn the CPCU designation and gain credit toward a college degree with one of our college or university partners. There's some information on our Web site: http://www.aicpcu.org/Students/ace.htm
You can either self-study (most people do) or take classes. We have lists of public classes that are run by 3rd party providers around the country (including CPCU Society chapters) or you can take an instructor-led online class with the Institutes. Again, there's info on our site. You could also check with other people at your company and see if there are study groups.
The average time for completion is 5 years, but many folks do complete it in less time. It all depends on how much time you're able to devote to studying for the exams.
As for difficulty, CPCU courses have college-level difficulty. But if you've been in the business for a long time, that can certainly help you.
We conducted a survey recently and found that the vast majority of CPCU designation holders surveyed saw increased job opportunities, received promotions and/or salary increases, or reported greater job security.
I'd also check out your local CPCU Society chapter (find it at http://www.cpcusociety.org); they may offer classes and you can talk to other CPCUs or maybe even CPCU candidates. Depending on the chapter, they may even be able to hook you up with a mentor.
I'm somewhat biased, but I strongly believe CPCU is a great choice. Good luck with whatever choice you make!
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