Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS)

The Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS™) program is a specialized curriculum focusing on the insurance and risk management needs of agribusiness and farm operations. Those who complete the program are entitled to display the AFIS certification to certify their knowledge of agribusiness and farm insurance and risk management and dedication to the industry.

AFIS Curriculum

Those seeking the certification must attend the courses for each of the AFIS parts. Each part consists of two days of classes at an Emmett J Vaughan Agribusiness Conference, held in 6 cities each year. Within 30 days following the Conference, students complete the exam for the part that they attended in the AFIS Learning Center.

The AFIS curriculum is currently comprised of three courses focused on the unique risk management and insurance needs of agribusiness and farm operations. The courses can be taken in any order.

AFIS Part 1 - Farm Property and Liability

  • Farm Property
  • Farm Property Endorsements
  • Farm Liability
  • Farm Liability Endorsements

AFIS Part 2 - Ag Risk Management, Workers Comp, Farm Auto and Crop Insurance

  • Farm/Ag Risk Management
  • Farm Auto
  • Workers Compensation/MWA
  • Umbrella & Excess

AFIS Part 3 - Miscellaneous Farm Property and Liability

  • Ag Pollution
  • Equipment Breakdown
  • Farm Inland Marine
  • Livestock & Animal Mortality
  • Crime
  • Management Liability
  • Crop Insurance

Certification Renewal

Completing the core curriculum qualifies you to use the AFIS certification for 12 months and additional courses or seminars must be completed during that period and every 12 months thereafter to maintain the certification. Generally one online course or one approved educational event will satisfy this renewal requirement.

There are several ways to obtain renewal credit.

  • Attend breakout sessions at the Emmett J Vaughan Agribusiness Conference. These sessions are designed to provide advanced and specific information on specialized risks. Breakout sessions are offered concurrently and each session is about 2 hours.
  • Retake an AFIS part at the Emmett J Vaughan Agribusiness Conference.
  • Complete the Agricultural Insurance and Risk Management online continuing education course in in the AFIS Learning Center.
  • Attend an approved seminar, webinar, or conference.

Who Should Take the AFIS Program?

Anyone who designs, sells, buys, or underwrites agribusiness and farm insurance programs should consider taking the AFIS program. You should strongly consider taking the AFIS continuing education program if you are a(n):

  • Insurance agent or broker
  • Customer service representative (CSR)
  • Risk manager or insurance manager
  • CFO, controller, or other executive who buys insurance
  • Risk and insurance consultant
  • Insurance underwriter or adjuster
  • Surplus lines broker
  • Attorney dealing with agribusiness and farm issues

Approved for Insurance CE Credit in Most States!

The AFIS program gives insurance agents and brokers a unique opportunity to simultaneously obtain both mandatory state insurance continuing education (CE) credit and a certification attesting to their knowledge of the insurance needs of this important industry. All three core AFIS courses have been approved for CE credit in all states, except Hawaii. The number of hours approved varies by state. The amount of credit provided ranges between six and fourteen hours, depending on the course and state.