Chapter Benefits

As a CPCU Society member, you’ll have access to: Full members, please log in to access your benefits!

More than $2,000 worth of technical education resources, including:

  • Fourteen free, selected interest-group webinars each year
  • Additional free webinars on a quarterly basis
  • Free subscriptions to CPCU Society publications covering emerging trends and issues
  • Industry experts and speakers via the CPCU Society Annual Meeting, chapter meetings and interest-group events

Exclusive benefits from The Institutes, including:

  • Unlimited free access to The Institutes’ ten online CPCU® courses, covering more than 1,000 topics, as references and up-to-date knowledge refreshers (not for candidate members)
  • A 25% discount on Institutes study materials
  • A 35% discount on unlimited online CE from
  • Access to select Institutes content on a quarterly basis

Unlimited professional development through engagement with the CPCU Society, its chapters and its interest groups, including:

  • Opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership and management skills within
    the CPCU Society, chapters and interest groups
  • Professional networking opportunities within the Society and at the chapter level
  • Access to a specialized jobs database
  • The ability to contribute to the industry and your local community via mentoring,
    community outreach and service programs

The CPCU Society is here to help you achieve your career goals, so be sure to take advantage of every opportunity your membership affords you!



What is CPCU? Why pursue the designation?
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) Professional Designation CPCU is recognized and respected as the premier designation in property-casualty insurance. The CPCU designation after your name speaks volumes about you and your insurance knowledge.


Why should I choose CPCU over a Master’s program?
In becoming a CPCU, you will:

  • Gain in-depth, broad-based knowledge in risk management and insurance.
  • Learn practical skills that you can put to work immediately.
  • Learn how to make better decisions on the job.
  • Distinguish yourself from your peers while demonstrating your commitment to professionalism.
  • Earn the respect accorded those who hold the designation.


What is the difference between the AICPCU (Institute) and the CPCU Society?;
The American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) is an independent, nonprofit organization offering educational programs and professional certification to people in all segments of the property and liability insurance business.The Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society is a community of credentialed property and casualty insurance professionals who promote excellence through ethical behavior and continuing education.


How do I matriculate?
You must matriculate (register as a candidate) with the American Institute by submitting a matriculation form and fee. The matriculation form is included with your registration materials, and it can be printed off our Web site. You should submit the matriculation form and fee with the registration for your first CPCU exam. You must sign a statement on the matriculation form agreeing to abide by the Institute's Code of Professional Ethics


How do I sign up for an exam?
Get started now by ordering study materials. You can register for your exam when you order study materials, or you can register closer to your exam date.


Does my employer pay for my exams?  Study materials?
Employers individually determine whether or not they will do pay for CPCU exams and study materials. You should check with your employer to determine whether or not they will financially sponsor your pursuit of a CPCU designation.


What are the best approaches for studying?
You decide how you want to study. Independent Study is the most popular method, giving you flexibility in choosing time to study. It requires the most self-discipline. Institutes Online Learning combines the convenience of self-study with the support of a class. Traditional Classes or Study Groups are offered by third-party providers around the country and may include workplace classes or study groups


Who can I contact if I have general questions about CPCU or Specific questions about a particular exam?
You may contact the AICPCU institute by E-mail orPhone (800) 644-2101; Customer Service hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time. 

You may contact the CPCU Society by E-mail or Phone (800) 932-CPCU, option 4.

You may contact your local Alamo Chapter of the CPCU society by Email or call Rob Galbraith at (210) 913-5275.


How can I connect with other candidates who are studying for the same exam?   Who recently completed the same exam?
You can connect with other candidates through the local chapter of your CPCU society.  E-mail Hillary Law or call (210) 282-5618.  She also has contact information for candidate who recently completed exams and are available to answer questions.


What is the Candidate Advisory Panel?  How do I contact them? 
The Candidate Advisory Panel is made up of CPCU members and CPCU candidates to assist candidates who are presently enrolled in the program and to assist those who are interested in becoming CPCU candidates. 
The panel

Rob Galbraith 

Jessica Dawson

Hillary Law

Shayna Dickson

Helen Smith

Jennifer Garrido


What is a candidate member?  What are the benefits?  How do I join the CPCU Society as a candidate member?
For more information, go to CPCU Society Membership


How can I find a mentor/advocate?
Email Ruth Peterson or call at (210) 563-6537


How can I learn about classes in the San Antonio area?
For the latest course offerings, E-mail Kathy Palousek or call at (210) 828-3425.


If I have completed my INS, API, MBA, JD, etc., what CPCU exam(s) can I get credit for?
See the Equivalency Chart.


What happens when I pass my last exam?  When do I become a new designee?  What are the benefits of being a new designee?
Designee is a term used to spotlight and recognize the CPCU Society’s newest members who have just completed their CPCU studies.   More information here


How can I get more involved in the Alamo Chapter?  What volunteer opportunities are available?
We're glad you asked! Our web site has links to many opportunities for members to grow professionally and to assist in community projects.  Check out the various committees or the Good Works Page.