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AIE® and CIE® Designation Program

The Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE®) and Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE®) designations are awarded to IRES General Members who meet the established minimum education and employment requirements.

An insurance regulatory professional who has been awarded an AIE® has at least two years of verifiable full-time insurance regulatory work and has been extensively trained in one of two primary fields of insurance regulation (Property & Casualty or Life & Health).

An insurance regulatory professional who has been awarded a CIE® has at least three years of verifiable full-time insurance regulatory work and has attained an AIE® in one field (Property & Casualty or Life & Health) and cross-trained in the other.

IRES members who have been awarded the AIE® or CIE® designation must take part in the Society’s program of continuing education, known as the National IRES Continuing Education (NICE) Program. The NICE Program allows individuals who have earned either of the two designations to demonstrate their commitment to continued professional development through continuing education and training.

Currently, more than 400 professionals hold an AIE® or CIE® designation.

Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE®)

An AIE® is awarded to insurance regulatory professionals who have been extensively trained in one of two primary fields of insurance regulation: Property and Casualty or Life and Health. To earn an AIE®, an applicant must successfully complete the required course work under a single education path, be an IRES General member in good standing, and meet the following employment and experience requirements:

  • AIE® applicants must have two years of full-time regulatory work experience.
  • AIE® applicants spend 75% or more of his/her time working for an insurance regulatory agency (whether as an employee or a contractor).

Property-Casualty Educational Path

To earn an AIE® via the Property-Casualty Educational Path, an applicant must successfully pass eight (8) of the ten (10) courses listed in the AIE®/CIE® application and meet the employment and experience requirements listed above.

Life-Health Educational Path

To earn an AIE® via the Life-Health Educational Path, an applicant must 1) meet the employment and experience requirements listed above, 2) successfully pass four (4) required core courses, and 3) complete four (4) additional courses from any one of the following three options.

  • Life Option
  • Health Option
  • Information Systems Option

Courses from one option cannot be mixed with another option to complete the required course work to earn an AIE® under the Life-Health Educational Path.

The list of core and additional courses can be found in the AIE®/CIE® application.

Required and optional courses may be taken in any order. Regulators having a minimum of two years of full-time regulatory experience and who have obtained a CLU or FLMI designation will be granted the AIE® designation without the need for further course work.

Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE®)

A CIE® is awarded to insurance regulatory professionals who have attained the AIE® in one field and cross-trained in the other field. In order to earn a CIE®, applicants must have previously earned (or meet the educational requirements to earn an AIE®) under either the Property-Casualty Educational Path or a Life-Health Educational Path, complete the required course work following the same path taken to earn the AIE®, be an IRES General member in good standing, and meet the following employment and experience requirements:

  • CIE® applicants must have three years of full-time regulatory work experience.
  • CIE® applicants spend 75% or more of his/her time working for an insurance regulatory agency (whether as an employee or a contractor).

Applicants that earned an AIE® under the Property-Casualty Educational Path must successfully complete four (4) of the approved Life-Health courses. Applicants that earned an AIE® under the Life-Health Educational Path must successfully complete four (4) of the approved Property-Casualty courses. A list of approved courses can be found in the AIE®/CIE® application for General members.

Course Waivers

Students who have obtained a law degree (JD) may obtain a written waiver for a course required to attain a CLU, FLMI or CPCU from the American College or The Institutes. Where such a course waived by one of these organizations is in the curriculum required for the AIE® or for the CIE® designation, IRES will recognize such a waiver and grant credit for completion of that course. The waiver must be in writing on the letterhead of the organization granting the waiver. It should be attached to the AIE® application with a cover letter requesting to waiver.

In the event that a student obtains such a waiver, IRES will grant no more than one course waiver to a student working toward the AIE® or CIE® designation. Such a waiver may apply only to attaining an AIE® or a CIE®, but not for both.

Applications

AIE®/CIE® application for General members (PDF version)

AIE®/CIE® application for Sustaining members (PDF version)

Course Contact Information

For more information on the courses referenced above, contact the following:

Organization Courses
The Institutes INS, AIC, CPCU, AIAF, IR
LOMA FLMI, AIRC
International Claim Association (ICA) ICA
The American College (CLU, ChFC, LUTCF) HS, RHU, LUTCF
Academy for Healthcare Management (AHM) AHM
Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) IDMA
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) AHIP
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) ACL test

Course Discount Information

IRES recognizes that not all employers pay for the courses necessary earn an AIE®, CIE®, or CICSR® designation. To assist our members in pursuing these designations, IRES has arranged for discounts with several of the organizations that offer the coursework required to earn these IRES designations. Click here for additional information.