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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

College of Education and Professional Studies

Insurance Management Certificate

About the Insurance Management Certificate (IMC)

Our Insurance Management Certificate (IMC) will provide you with a basic understanding of risk management, insurance operations, and the types of insurances available to manage the various hazard (insurable) risks faced by all organizations. Our team of knowledgeable faculty will partner with you on your academic and professional journey. 

Caliper instrument holding coinsWhy Insurance Management at Central? 

As a result of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Understand professional and ethical responsibilities of insurance/risk management professionals. 
  • Explain the purpose and operation of insurance. 
  • Describe the fundamental aspects of risk management. 
  • Identify and describe key commercial and property liability risk exposures and control, and name the type of insurance policies and their limitations that address each of these loss exposures. 
  • Describe construction contract types, contractual elements, pricing schemes, and typical project delivery methods including advantages and disadvantages from a risk management perspective. 
  • Identify and describe the primary risks of loss faced by construction contractors and name the type of insurance policies that address each of these loss exposures. 
  • Apply the risk management process in managing a contractor’s risks of loss. 
  • Identify contemporary risk/insurance management issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context. 

Degree Explanation

The Insurance Management Certificate is offered entirely online through Central Washington University.  For additional information abou cost, please visit the registrar.  To learn more about admission, courses, and requirements, reference the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.


IMC applications are accepted throughout the academic year, and the students start in the Winter quarter. Any CWU student interested in improving their career opportunities can obtain the IMC. For details about the application procedures, contact the ETSC Department.


Students will receive the IMC after completion of the requirements with a 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) as a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the IMC coursework. 


A minimum grade of “C-” is required in each of the courses used to satisfy the IMC. 

Course Number Course Title Credits
SHM 353 Risk and Insurance 4
SHM 450 Commercial Property Risk Management and Insurance 3
SHM 451 Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance 3
SHM 453 Construction Risk and Insurance Mgmt 4
or or  
SHM 452 Risk Management for Public Entities 4
SHM 482 Evolving Issues in Risk Management 1
  Total Credits (15)

Careers and Outcomes

Students seeking or currently pursuing careers as construction professionals, project engineers, project managers, safety and health professionals, safety engineers, risk management professionals, loss control specialists, etc., may consider adding the IMC to their undergraduate degree plan. 

The IMC may be used in combination with many majors to enhance a student’s career opportunities and gain a competitive advantage in the job market. Many students select the Safety and Health Management Major.

Questions? Contact us. 

Michael Andler
Program Coordinator, Senior Lecturer

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