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Insurance Management Certificate (IMC)

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The Insurance Management Certificate (IMC) will provide students 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. 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.  Particularly 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.


  1. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities of insurance/risk management professionals.
  2. Explain the purpose and operation of insurance.
  3. Describe the fundamental aspects of risk management.
  4. 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.
  5. Describe construction contract types, contractual elements, pricing schemes, and typical project delivery methods including advantages and disadvantages from a risk management perspective.
  6. 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.
  7. Apply the risk management process in managing a contractor’s risks of loss.
  8. Identify contemporary risk/insurance management issues and the impacts of their solutions within a global and societal context.

Admission Requirements

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 SHM Program Director Dr. Sathy Rajendran at

Graduation Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

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


Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SHM 353Risk and Insurance4
SHM 450Commercial Property Risk Management and Insurance3
SHM 451Commercial Liability Risk Management and Insurance3
SHM 453Construction Risk and Insurance Mgmt4
SHM 452Risk Management for Public Entities4
SHM 482Evolving Issues in Risk Management1
 Total Credits(15)


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