Professional Designations and Licenses

Professional Programs

Students may choose to participate in the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation program and become licensed North Carolina insurance agents.

We encourage our students to pursue professional designations. There is no better time to get started on these than when in the habit of studying and taking exams. 

North Carolina Insurance Licensing

Students who plan to work for an insurance agency or broker will likely need to obtain a Property and Casualty license from the State of North Carolina.  In order to take the exam, you need to first complete a pre-license requirement and receive a certification called an "Exam Admission Ticket."   The Brantley Center will support you as an enrolled student in the endeavor and cover the cost of the exam.  Please read through this pdf and reach out to Dillon Waschenbach ( in the Brantley Center to discuss next steps. Due to reimbursement requirements, all reciepts must be submitted a month before your graduation date (April 15th for May grads, or November 10th for December grads). 


If you plan to work in the Excess and Surplus lines field and you have your Property and Casualty license, you could qualify for the Surplus Lines License as well. This process is similar to getting your Property and Casualty License, however you must already have your Property and Casualty license. Due to reimbursement requirements, all reciepts must be submitted a month before your graduation date (April 15th for May grads, or November 10th for December grads). Please reach out to Dillon Waschenbach ( for more information and next steps. 

CPCU – Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter

The CPCU designation is granted by the American Institute for Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) and has the greatest support from insurance companies. Students hoping to work in underwriting, loss control, claims, operations and other positions with insurance companies will be well served to begin work toward the CPCU designation. The CPCU consists of 8 parts; we encourage eligible students to begin by obtaining credit for CPCU 552 Commercial Liability and 540 Insurance Accoounting and Finance exams upon completion of our FIN 3150 Commercial Insurance and 4700 Insurance Operations course, respectively. 

AppState RMI majors who complete FIN 3150 or FIN 4700 with a "B" grade or higher, may earn credit toward their CPCU designation. Read more about the Collegiate Program here.

How AppState Students Obtain CPCU Credit

 1) Take the Classes: Complete Commercial Insurance (FIN 3150) and/or Insurance Operations (FIN 4700) with a "B" grade or higher.

 2) The Exam: If you earn a B or higher in the course you DO NOT need to sit for an additional exam and can proceed to step 3. (This option applies for up to 2 courses.)   If you don't earn a B or higher, you can sit for the respective exam to receive credit by reading the helpful information and registration hotlinks here:  CPCU Information and Exam Registration.   (Follow the special COVID-19 changes to testing noted on the site.)

 3) Get Your Transcript: Go to the following AppState link and complete steps to receive your AppState transcript: Transcript Retrieval. You will attach the transcript in PDF format to your application.

 4) Apply with the Institutes for Exam Waiver: Go to the following link and complete the application: CPCU Designation Application.