College Spotlight: Columbus State Community College Foundations of Insurance Certificate

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The insurance industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in Ohio. While an increasing number of colleges and universities in the state are offering insurance-related four-year degrees, for some individuals, working toward an associate degree or a certificate better fits into their lifestyle.

Luckily, there are certifications and degrees that can be completed in two years or less and can help you get a job in the insurance industry! Columbus State Community College is offering a two-semester Foundations of Insurance certificate. The certificate is a seven-class program designed to get students ready for entry-level positions in the insurance industry. While there are no prerequisites to get started, the certification is a great addition for students who are already in the Business Management or Finance associate degree programs.

About the Program 

The program encompasses seven classes over two semesters. Students take courses on a variety of insurance components, including business, computer science, English, finance, and marketing. The second semester requires the Principles of Insurance class, which introduces students to the world of insurance and risk management. The course explores different types of insurance, including life, health, commercial, and liability.

Completion of the program will leave students prepared for entry-level insurance jobs, which is a great way to get your foot in the door at in insurance agency or company, and gives you a foundation on which to grow your skills and knowledge.

Who Should Consider the Program?

Anyone who is interested in a career in insurance should consider achieving the certificate. It can be earned on its own or as part of an associate degree.

If you do not want to get a bachelor’s degree or are unsure, a certification and/or an associate degree is a great place to start. There are many careers in the insurance industry that don’t require a bachelor’s degree for entry. Some of them include actuary, benefits specialist, and claims representative.

Learn More

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) offers flexible scheduling, online and blended classes, and campuses in two locations. If you think CSCC might be a good place to start your future insurance career, learn more on their website.

Not sure where to start? Take our insurance career survey to learn what career might be a good fit for you! You can also explore our career pathways to learn about many in-demand careers in the insurance industry and what steps you can take to purse the career you choose.


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