The Joint Education and Examination Committee, the predecessor of the ALU, was formed in 1948 by joint action of the Home Office Life Underwriters Association (HOLUA) and the Institute of Home Office Underwriters (IHOU). The Committee's name was changed to Life Underwriting Education Committee (LUEC) in 1973. The Canadian Institute of Underwriters became a full partner with those two associations to sponsor LUEC in 1991. In 1998, the organization became the Education Committee of the Academy of Life Underwriting. In 2012, the Academy of Life Underwriting became an independent organization.
In 1994, the 500th FALU earned the designation and in 2007 the 1,000th fellow was designated. 2010 marked the growth of the ranks of FALU to over 1,500.
The ALU meets its mission by providing a series of four exams leading to the designation, Fellow, Academy of Life Underwriting.
Other professional educational opportunities offered include:
- Webinar seminars
- Annual Management forum
- Continuing Education Program
- Publication of the On The Risk
To be the recognized leaders in providing professional educational opportunities to life underwriters worldwide.
To provide life underwriting educational opportunities to all underwriters at all career stages. We will accomplish this by:
- creating, maintaining, and delivering current and relevant content
- administering the ALU professional examination series
- recognizing accomplishments through certification and professional designation programs
- providing continuing opportunities for the professional growth of Fellows in the Academy of Life Underwriting (FALU)
- promoting awareness of the educational programs and professional designations of the ALU
- using proven technologies in innovative ways to deliver a positive educational experience
Guiding Principles for the Underwriter
The CIU and AHOU presents the following recommended principles as guidance for those who are striving to carry out the responsibilities of a professional underwriter.
It is the Responsibility of Underwriters to:
Act promptly, while exercising sound, objective and consistent judgement in making underwriting decisions.
Follow established risk classification principles that differentiate fairly on the basis of sound actuarial principles and/or reasonable anticipated mortality or morbidity experience.
Treat all underwriting information with complete confidentiality, and use it for the sole purpose of evaluating and classifying the risk.
Comply with insurance legislation and regulations, particularly as they apply to risk classification, privacy and disclosure.
Act independently and fairly.
Provide support to distribution partners, to assist them in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities to the insurance company and their clients.
Endeavor to attain professional underwriting and insurance designations and maintain a level of professional competency through continued education.
Promote the further education of underwriters.
Maintain the dignity and sound reputation of the Underwriting Profession.