What is a CLU®? A CHARTERED LIFE UNDERWRITERTM, or CLU®, designation from The American College indicates that the holder has completed a rigorous course of study that addresses insurance planning, estate and retirement issues, and risk management. Additionally, individuals must pass an end-of-course examination, agree to adhere to standards of professional conduct, are subject to a disciplinary process and must complete 30 hours of continuing education training every two years.