What Is an Associate in Information Technology (AIT)?

An Associate in Information Technology (AIT) designation is geared towards various insurance professionals, such as agency personnel, agency principals, automation project team members, claims representatives, IT staff, line of business managers, support and general office staff, and underwriters. The designation allows insurance professionals to bridge the gap between insurance and IT by covering the technical areas that insurance professionals should understand and giving the IT professional an in-depth understanding of insurance automation issues.

Key Takeaways

  • An Associate in Information Technology (AIT) gives insurance and insurance IT professionals the skills and knowledge they need to bridge the gap between insurance and IT.
  • The designation provides an in-depth understanding of insurance automation issues.
  • Three courses are required to earn the designation: Essentials of Information Technology, Insurance Uses of Technology, and Strategic Management of Information.

Understanding the Associate in Information Technology (AIT)

The insurance industry has experienced a transition from an era of centrally controlled data processing to a time where worldwide networks have empowered users. For many insurance and IT professionals, this has created a technology knowledge gap.

More than ever, technical IT staff requires knowledge of the business processes they serve, and IT professionals require knowledge of IT. The AIT designation is designed to give both insurance professionals and IT professionals who work in the insurance industry the knowledge and skills they need to meet the demands of their customers in the new digital age.

Associate in Information Technology Curriculum

The AIT program replaced the Associate in Automation Management (AAM) Program. There are two ways to earn an AIT designation: (1) Complete AIT 131, AIT 132, and AIT 134 or (2) use either or both previously completed parts of AAM 131 and AAM 132 along with the current AIT 134.
The following courses are required to earn the AIT designation:

AIT 131: Essentials of Information Technology

This course covers the following topics:

  • Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Input and Output
  • Communications, Networks, and Safeguards
  • Personal Technology
  • Databases and Information Systems
  • Challenges of the Digital Age
  • Programming

AIT 132: Insurance Uses of Technology

This course covers the following topics:

  • Technology and Insurance Information
  • Managing a System
  • Effect on Marketing/Basic Policy Processing
  • Needs Analysis
  • Technology in Underwriting and Claims
  • Information Security
  • Agency Management Systems
  • Internet Insurance Marketing
  • Internet Sales and Service in the Insurance Industry
  • Agency/Company Interface
  • Industry Level Information Requirements

AIT 134: The Strategic Management of Information

This course covers the following topics:

  • Creating Business Advantage with IT
  • Crafting Business Models
  • Building Networked Businesses
  • Making the Case for Networked Business
  • Understanding Internetworking Infrastructure
  • Assuring reliable and Secure IT Services
  • Managing Diverse IT Infrastructures
  • Organizing and Leading the IT function
  • Managing IT Outsourcing
  • A Portfolio Approach to IT
  • Data Warehousing

The universally applicable skills you gain from AIT can enhance your marketability. Whether you are an IT professional seeking to better understand insurance business processes or an insurance professional seeking to grow your technology knowledge, AIT can help you manage your technological growth while you advance your career.

It is recommended that AIT 131 be the first course taken. In addition, if you passed the AAM 131 exam, AIT 131 is waived. If you passed the AAM 132 exam, the AIT 132 is waived. If you hold the Associate in Insurance Data Management (AIDM) or the Certified Insurance Data Manager (CIDM) designation, the AIT 131 exam is waived.