AIE® and CIE® Designation Program

Let your credentials speak for themselves

The Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE®) and Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE®) designations are awarded to IRES members who meet the established minimum education, employment, and/or membership requirements.

An insurance professional who has been awarded an AIE® has been extensively trained in one of three primary fields of insurance (Property-Casualty; Life – Annuities; or Health).

Insurance professionals who have been awarded a CIE® have met the requirements for earning an AIE® in one field and cross-trained in another.

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.

Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE®)

An AIE® is awarded to insurance professionals who meet the membership and/or employment requirements and have been extensively trained in one of three primary fields of insurance: Property Casualty, Life-Annuities, or Health.

To earn an AIE®, an applicant must:

  • Successfully complete the required course work under a single educational path;
  • Be an IRES General or sustaining member in good standing, and;
  • Meet the applicable employment and /or membership requirements.

General Member:

  • Have two years of full-time regulatory work experience, and;
  • Spend 75% or more of his/her time working for an insurance regulatory agency (whether as an employee or a contractor).

Sustaining Member:

  • Earn the Market Conduct Management (MCM®) designation, and;
  • Be an Individual Sustaining Member for at least two years or be employed by a firm that has been a Firm Sustaining Member for at least two years.

Information about the required coursework for each of the three educational paths can be found in the applicable application:

Certified Insurance Examiner (CIE®)

A CIE® is awarded to insurance professionals who have meet the membership and/or employment requirements, have been extensively trained in one of three primary fields of insurance and in another field.

In order to earn a CIE®, applicants must:

  • Have previously earned (or meet the requirements to earn an AIE®) under one of the three education paths, Property-Casualty, Life-Annuities, or Health;
  • Successfully complete the required course work following the same path taken to earn the AIE®;
  • Be an IRES member in good standing, and;
  • Meet the applicable employment, experience, and/or membership requirements.

General Members:

  • 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).

Sustaining Members:

  • Earn the Market Conduct Management (MCM®) designation.
  • Be an Individual Sustaining Member for at least three years or be employed by a firm that has been a Firm Sustaining Member for at least three years.

Information about the required cross training course for each of the three educational paths can be found in the applicable application:

Course Waivers

Course waivers are available for applicants in certain situations.  Applicants may be eligible for a course waiver if they have obtained a:

  • law degree (JD);
  • CLU, LUTCF, or ChHC designation from the American College;
  • FLMI designation from LOMA;
  • CPCU designation from The Institutes; or
  • AFE or CFE from the Society of Financial Examiners.

Where such a course waived by one of these organizations is in the curriculum required for the AIE® or 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 and should be attached to the designation application.

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

Information about specific courses waivers can be found in the applicable application:

Course Contact Information

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

Organization Designations Courses
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
South Building, Ste 500
Washington, DC 20004
800-509-4422
ahip.org

  • AHIP
  • AHM
  • HS
Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA)

545 Washington Blvd 22-16
Jersey City, NJ 07310
201-469-3069
idma.org

  • IDMA
International Claim Association (ICA)

1800 M Street, NW, 400 South
Washington, DC 20036
202-452-0143
claim.org

  • ICA
LOMA

6190 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
1-800-ASK-LOMA (Option 1)
loma.org

FLMI
ACS
  • AIRC
  • LOMA
  • UND
National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1500
Kansas City, MO 64106-2197
education@naic.org
816-783-8200
naic.org

  • ACL test
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)

2901 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA 22042-1205
877-866-2432
naifa.org

LUTCF
The American College
270 S Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
888-263-7265
theamericancollege.edu
CLU
ChFC
  • HS
  • RHU
The Institutes

720 Providence Rd, Suite 100
Malvern, PA 19355-0770
800-644-2101
theinstitutes.org

CPCU
ACSR
  • AIAF
  • AIC
  • AINS
  • AIS
  • CPCU
  • IR
  • AINS
Society of Financial Examiners (SOFE)

7044 S 13th St.
Oak Creek, WI, 53154
414-908-4930
sofe.org

AFE
CFE
  • AFE
  • CFE

Course Discount Information

IRES recognizes that not all employers pay for the courses necessary earn an AIE®, CIE®, or CICSR® designation and/or satisfy the requirements under the National IRES Continuing Education (NICE) Program. To assist our members in pursuing and maintaining these designations, IRES has arranged for discounts with several of the organizations that offer the coursework required to earn these IRES designations and meet the NICE requirements. Click here for additional information.