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Overview

Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

Forget what you think a career in insurance is like — today’s insurance and risk management industry is a challenging and vibrant place that is crucial to almost every aspect of our modern world.

The two-year General Insurance and Risk management diploma program at BCIT gives you specialized training to investigate insurance claims, market and sell insurance products, manage risk in securities, banks, insurance underwriting, and more. This program has been developed by industry professionals specifically to prepare you for a successful, exciting career in your field.

Through out the program there will be many opportunities to interact with industry professionals with networking and industry events. Along with a 40 hour work placement which helps students get direct industry work experience.

In fact, our program boasts a 100% job placement rate and our students have gone on to work insuring a variety of clients such as construction, marine risks, commercial underwriting, personal lines underwriting, claims adjusting and risk management.

About the program

  • Two-year diploma
  • 100% job placement within four months of graduating
  • 40 hour work placement
  • Write your CIP national exams before graduating to be ready to work the day you graduate
  • Many opportunities to network with industry events and networking
  • First year students qualify to be level 1 licensed brokers upon passing the 2 CIP Courses
  • Graduating students qualify for a level 2 brokers license and independent adjusters license

Learn more about the benefits of this program with and in-depth look at Program Details.

Who should apply for the General Insurance and Risk Management Diploma?

A career in insurance and risk management might be right for you if:

  • You already have some work experience and/or a degree
  • You enjoy problem solving
  • You’re compassionate
  • You’re interested in a career with multiple opportunities and challenges

If you’re ready to train for new opportunities in insurance and risk management, visit the Entrance Requirements page to apply today.

Professional Designations

The following professional designations are available to General Insurance and Risk Management diploma students:

  • CRM – Canadian Risk Management
  • CIP – Chartered Insurance Professional

Your experience matters

If you already have related work experience or other training in insurance and risk management, you might qualify for course credits toward your diploma. Find out if you’re eligible for Advanced Placement to speed up your education and entrance to your new career.

What grads can do

Graduates of the diploma in General Insurance and Risk Management program are prepared for engaging careers in a variety of fields. Currently, there are more jobs for qualified candidates than there are students because insurance deals with almost every aspect of our world.

Opportunities are available in a variety of areas including insurance and risk management for disaster preparation, marine, shipping, vehicles, natural resources (mining/forestry/oil), ski resorts, and more.

Learn more about specific jobs and organizations that are looking for insurance and risk management professionals at the Graduating and Jobs page.

International Exchange

BCIT offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Learn more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Bring Your Own Device

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Courses

Students should be aware that course exemptions can be claimed for a maximum of two courses per level.

Program Details

You’ll engage in thoughtful, challenging work in the small, specialized classes in BCIT’s General Insurance and Risk Management diploma program. With focused attention on getting you ready for a successful career, this program offers you key business skills for the general workplace as well as training particular to insurance and risk management. Your studies here include a 40-hour field placement as well as lectures by industry professionals and opportunities for travel to industry events to fully prepare you for a successful career in insurance and risk management.
The following companies have donated funds to support the General Insurance and Risk Management program:

Platinum

Gold

Bronze

Graduating & Jobs

There are currently more job opportunities in insurance and risk management than there are qualified applicants. With insurance as a key aspect in nearly every industry, insuring everything from home properties to natural resources and almost every business, BCIT graduates have both the availability of many jobs as well as the necessary skills to get and succeed in them.

Career opportunities in insurance:

  • Insurance Sales Representative
  • Insurance Agent or Broker
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Claims Examiner
  • Property Underwriter
  • Marine Underwriter

Career opportunities in risk management:

  • Risk Analyst
  • Risk Specialist
  • Risk Manager
  • Insurance specialist

Professional Designations

Canadian Risk Management (CRM) – For the CRM designation, students are prepared to write the three GRMI Global Risk Management Institute national exams. Furthermore, our Risk Management program students even help BCIT rank top 8 in the world among case competitions

Chartered Insurance Professional Designation (CIP) – During the program you will have completed 8 out 10 CIP courses which lessens the costs in the long run and allow you to become a Chartered Insurance Professional faster. Often time’s employers will pay for the completion of the remaining courses.

Testimonials

This program equipped me with the necessary skill set to enter a challenging and dynamic industry. There is a notable emphasis throughout the program on job placement, not only connecting the students to employers, but ensuring they have what it takes to develop and succeed in their chosen roles. The instructors are industry leaders, bringing a wealth of practical knowledge that I have personally found very helpful on a daily basis as I start my own career in insurance. Hamish Love, Commercial Underwriter, Sovereign General Insurance

There were two things I considered when I was choosing a program from BCIT: a guaranteed stable career and minimum years of studying. The General Insurance and Risk Management program was the best possible choice I could have ever made and it opened up whole new opportunities and career choices for me in the insurance industry. Your bottom line after finishing this program is a full-time stable career and you will never regret it.
Lena Kim, Casualty Examiner, Aviva Insurance

I enrolled in the BCIT General Insurance and Risk Management program six years ago and have not looked back since. The material is relevant and the industry knows and appreciates it. The instructors are experts in their respective fields and are supportive. Upon graduating, I got my desired position as a commercial agent. Currently I have my dream job as an Association Relations Representative for Western Canada.
Reza Kamrani

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Mr. J. Ball, President, Reliance Insurance Agencies
  • Ms. D. Bolduc, Manager, Insurance Institute of BC
  • Mr. J. Preston, Regional VP, ING Insurance Co.
  • Mr. D. Laird, Regional Manager, Aviva Insurance Co.
  • Ms. P. Kernaghan, President & CEO, Kernaghan Adjusters
  • Ms. T. Johnson, VP & GM, Gore Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Mr. S. Bath, Senior Manager, Business Intelligence and Customer Research, ICBC
  • Mr. B. Wills, VP Marketing, Axa Pacific
  • Mr. J. Goring, Manager, Technology Practice, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc

Learning during COVID-19

Online learning

This program will be delivered online during COVID-19. Learn wherever you choose, as there’s no requirement to attend campus or classes in-person during COVID-19.
While the online classroom looks different, the quality of instruction and the commitment of our faculty and staff remains as strong as ever. We’re dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is meaningful and productive.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Safety on campus

As this program is being delivered online during COVID-19, there’s no requirement for you to come to campus. Please see below for information on accessing instructor support and on the student services offered virtually.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week.
Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Contact Us

Shaun Sinclair
Program Head, General Insurance and Risk Management
604-451-6761 | Shaun_Sinclair@bcit.ca

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  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
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