New Program Business Professional Designation Launches: TMPAA and The Institutes Collaborate to Enhance Career Opportunities for Professionals in Program Business

The Institutes and Target Markets Collaborate on New Business Professional Designation Program

In 2023, The Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) and The Institutes Knowledge Group announced their collaboration to launch a new credential for program insurance professionals known as the Program Business Professional (PBP) designation. This designation will replace TMPAA’s current Certified Programs Leader (CPL) designation and is scheduled to launch officially in May during the TMPAA Mid-Year Meeting on May 14.

The PBP program will comprise of four courses and exams, along with an ethics requirement. Participants in the PBP courses will also be eligible to receive Continuing Education (CE) credits. The unique blend of courses enabled by this collaboration integrates program business-specific content and educational courses from The Institutes’ CPCU designation program, offering professionals looking to advance their careers in program business the opportunity to earn credit towards additional Institutes Designations.

Gene Abbey, Director of Insurance Education and Services at TMPAA, emphasized that the introduction of the PBP designation reflects their commitment to offering a top-notch educational platform tailored to the dynamic program business landscape. Adam Carmichael, CPCU, President of The Institutes Knowledge Group, reinforced their dedication to providing the knowledge and skills necessary for success in program business through this joint development and launch of the Program Business Professional designation with TMPAA.

Greg Thompson, a long-time TMPAA Advisory Board Member and program consultant, highlighted that while Target University’s current Certified Programs Leader (CPL) educational product has provided value to those who participated in it for 12 years, he expressed confidence that this collaboration would offer even more value due to its integration with The Institutes’ CPCU designation program.

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