What is PIA?
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) represents independent insurance agents in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Our members are insurance professionals who can be found across America, in small towns, big cities and everywhere in between. Although they operate cutting edge agencies, they treat their customers like neighbors, providing personal support and service. That's why PIA has adopted the tagline Local Agents Serving Main Street AmericaSM. Learn more about PIA's tagline.
Serving Agents Since 1931
PIA was founded with objectives that are as relevant today as they were back in 1931:
- Educate agency owners and staff about insurance concepts;
- Keep agents informed about changing company offerings;
- Allow agents to assist one another in proper underwriting of their business;
- Increase cooperation between carriers and agents;
- Encourage uniform policy writing and assist in proper form completion;
- Advocate for agents in legislative matters;
- Foster acquaintanceship among agents so they could support one another;
- Protect the American Agency System
Insuring the Future of Professional Insurance Agents:
In Legislatures Across America
PIA represents members' interests in state capitals and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to ensure that lawmakers understand insurance agents' positions. PIA's grassroots campaigns, our annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit and District Lobbying Day events and our political action committee, PIAPAC, give individual agents a powerful collective voice in government.
Within the Industry
PIA works with carriers and industry organizations - the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD) and others - to ensure that the concerns of independent agents are addressed. Members have access to materials to strengthen their agency and to keep them up to date with industry trends and regulations.
By Keeping Members Informed
PIA members receive concise, accurate and timely information needed to better manage their business. An array of national and state publications keep members up to date with the latest industry news and provide tools to improve their bottom line.
With Tools for Success
PIA offers a wide variety of programs to benefit PIA members. Take a moment to browse the Member Benefits, The PIA Partnership and E&O sections of this website to learn more.
By Educating Agents
PIA is the insurance industry's unquestioned leader in providing education courses to help professionals maintain their competitive edge and licenses. To learn about the CE education, the certification programs and other education available to you through PIA, please contact your local PIA association.
Through a Network of Professionals
Good agents know that they are in a people business. Membership in PIA ensures that if an agent doesn’t have the answer to a client's question, he/she will know someone who does.