TOPEKA - Enrollment in courses eligible for the Kansas Insurance Certificate program at several Kansas higher learning institutions has swelled to approximately 500 students for the 2018 fall semester.

The certificate program gives students at the participating schools the opportunity to gain understanding in core insurance concepts while showing prospective employers a work-ready knowledge obtained by prospective employees, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance.

The participating schools in the third-year certificate program are Fort Hays State University, Emporia State University, Pittsburg State University and Washburn University.

The 12 credit-hour certificate program is designed to advance career opportunities for the students in the financial services industry, including the insurance field. Students have the opportunity to enroll in classes offered through the participating institutions. Once the courses are successfully completed, the student will receive the certificate, which can become part of the student’s resume packet when seeking employment following graduation.

“The certificate program allows students to take focus-area courses online or through traditional classroom instruction,” said Commissioner Selzer. “Students can take the courses they are most interested in, even if the courses originate at another school associated with the program. And, for many of the courses, students are eligible for scholarship money.”

The certificate program is a collaboration between the insurance department and the Kansas Insurance Education Foundation, with monetary support from private businesses.

For more information about the certificate program, contact Daniel Rineberg, community outreach specialist, at the Kansas Insurance Department, 785-296-7803, or go online to