Harper College

Insurance Certificate

Become an insurance or risk management professional

Program facts  Business icon

  • Credit hours: 21
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Claims adjuster, insurance agent, risk analyst, sales agent

Begin a career in the insurance industry by enrolling in this 21-credit-hour certificate program. Designed for those interested in exploring an insurance career, the program is also a good fit for people already working in the insurance field who want to expand their skills and knowledge in the areas of property, liability, commercial and personal insurance.

Take classes in accounting, insurance fundamentals, property and liability insurance principles, personal and commercial insurance, business organization, leadership and more. Courses are taught by a mix of full-time faculty and working professionals who are experts in the insurance field.

Credit earned for this program can be applied to the Business Administration A.A.S. degree—Insurance specialization.

Certificate program requirements

This 21 credit-hour certificate is designed for those individuals who are exploring an insurance career or are in the insurance field looking to expand their skills and knowledge with focus on property, liability, commercial and personal insurance. The certificate will build a foundation of insurance principles and allow students to get industry certification as they progress through the certificate and as a stackable credential for the AAS-Business Administration degree with Insurance concentration.


Number Course Title Credits
ACC 100 or

Description:  Provides students with a foundation in fundamental accounting procedures using the accounting cycle for both service and merchandising businesses, including adjustments, preparation of financial statements and closing procedures. Also included are reconciliation of bank statements, petty cash and examination of fraud and internal controls. This non-transfer course is intended for those students planning to take only one semester of accounting or for those who need preparation before enrolling in ACC 101.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

ACC 101 3-4

Description:  Presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements primarily for users external to a business. Emphasizes the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a business. Topics include: basic accounting concepts, financial statements, accrual and cash basis, the accounting cycle, monetary assets, inventories, fixed assets, current and long-term liabilities, and owner’s equity. The course assumes a corporate form of organization. NOTE: High school algebra is recommended. IAI BUS 903

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

INS 110 3

Description:  Defines the insurance mechanism, identifies common types of property-casualty insurance, and explains how insurance benefits society. Introduces the core functions of insurance organizations: marketing, underwriting and claims. Discusses insurance policy structure, basic type of policy provisions and a simple method for analyzing policies. Reviews career options in the insurance industry.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

INS 120 3

Description:  Presents the basic principles of insurance, provides an introduction to insurance regulation, financial performance, marketing techniques, underwriting, claims, risk management, loss exposure and insurance policies. Satisfies the requirements for The Institutes AINS 21 examination within the Associate in General Insurance Path A Certification.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

INS 220 3

Description:  Offers an understanding of property and liability loss exposures faced by most individuals and families, and analyzes the types of insurance coverage that can be used for treating those exposures such as personal liability, inland marine, auto, life, health, and government programs. Satisfies the requirements for The Institutes AINS 22 examination within the Associate in General Insurance Path A Certification.

Prerequisite: INS 120 or AINS 21 Certification.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

INS 240 3

Description:  Analyzes commercial coverage including property, business income, inland and ocean marine, crime, equipment breakdown, general liability, auto, workers compensation, and package policies. Satisfies the requirements for The Institutes AINS 23 examination within the Associate in General Insurance Path A Certification.

Prerequisite: INS 120 or AINS 21 Certification.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 111 3

Description:  Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

Electives: Select a minimum of three credit hours from the following courses:

Number Course Title Credits
ENT 154 3

Description:  Investigates positives and negatives of entrepreneurship and the process of concept to new venture. Analyzes typical venture errors and focuses on strategic management. Evaluates business ownership and franchising, pricing strategies, financing, location selection and human capital management. Discovers personal leadership traits. Assesses the personal entrepreneurial mindset.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 165 3

Description:  Provides concepts, principles and practices of the international business environment. Includes the nature of international business; international organizations and monetary systems; comparative management techniques, and environmental business factors. Focuses on international organizational functioning to help the student gain a diversity of views.

Prerequisite: ENT 154 or MGT 111

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 205 3

Description:  Investigates leadership styles and the influences of leadership styles within organizations from start-ups to global corporations. Explores the empirical science and evidence of leadership styles, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, negotiations, creativity and innovation. Examines leadership styles as they relate to culture, diversity and globalization. Evaluates the performance of successful leaders.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

Last Updated: 11/13/23