Online Risk Management Certification Programs

Learn about organizations that offer certification in risk management and prerequisites for the program. Find out how to prepare for certification exams, online availability and about risk management careers. Schools offering Risk Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Prerequisites for Risk Management Certification?

Certification in risk management is available to those who want to advance their skills and obtain a professional credential in the field.

Prerequisites for certification in risk management vary by the organization offering a certified risk management designation. The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) requires you to have completed at least three college-level courses in a related subject, a certificate or undergraduate degree in risk management and a minimum number of RIMS workshops or online courses, in addition to having five years of professional experience.

Typical PrerequisitesRelated college-level courses, undergraduate degree, professional experience
Certification AgenciesProfessional Risk Managers' International Association and Risk and Insurance Management Society
Online AvailabilityRequired prerequisite courses can be completed online
Career OptionsConsultant, risk management analyst, director
Median Salary (2018) $$85,866 (for all risk managers)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 19% growth (for all financial managers)**

*Payscale, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Can I Prepare for Certification?

The Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA) requires candidates to pass four exams to attain the Professional Risk Manager (PRM) designation. Preparation for certification depends on which designation you decide to pursue. While RIMS certification requires a number of educational and experiential prerequisites, the PRM certification requires four exams that cover risk management theory, financial foundations, market risk and standard industry practices.

To prepare for the PRM certification, you can complete a self-assessment or practice exam, in addition to exploring recommended reading materials. Self-guided study materials and training courses are also available online through PRMIA.

Can I Complete Prerequisites Online?

Academic prerequisites for RIMS certification, including college courses and certificate programs, may be found online through schools and professional organizations. Required courses in business, economics, finance and marketing can be found online through a number of different degree programs. Additionally, the RIMS certification allows applicants to substitute online courses for the required workshops. Some schools may allow you to transfer certification credits towards a master's program should you decide to pursue a degree.

What Can I Do with My Certification?

Certification prepares you for work as a risk management analyst, consultant or director. Risk management analysts develop and maintain methods for monitoring a company's exposure to financial or organizational risk. Risk management consultants are often hired to audit a company's insurance claims, assess an organization's risk insurance policy or perform risk exposure analyses. Risk management directors typically oversee a risk management department and make key decisions regarding a company's risk insurance program.

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