Humber College training postgraduates for insurance management positions

Published: January 31, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Insurance professionals in Canada have a new training complex designed to fast track participants into entry-level management positions within adjusting firms, brokerages, and insurers.

The two-semester P&C Insurance Management Postgraduate Program is hallway through its first year at Humber College in Toronto. There are currently 32 students studying on the program, with graduation penciled for June 2018.

“We are building the next managers to mid-level managers,” John McNeil, part-time professor and program advisor at Humber College, said of the program’s strategic direction. “They could be managers, or specialists. They will have the leadership skills to lead a project or supervise people. They will be able to speak to executives in the room with confidence in presentations. We are setting up our students in such a way that they are in line for or can situate themselves for leadership roles and succeed in them.”

The postgraduate certificate regime begins each September and compsises 14 courses sat over two semester, split evenly between both semesters. Graduates will receive seven out of 10 courses that make a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada.

Humber collaborated with P&C experts to create insurance-focused courses, such as the basics of insurance, broker business practices, adjusting, and underwriting.

“What companies are really going to be investing in is thought leadership,” McNeil told Canadian Underwriter. “The skills of the future are critical thinking and analytics, and the ability to manage multiple projects.”