Curriculum

The Careers for Life curriculum has been tested and proven during the 45-year history of The National Alliance by conducting over 55,000 programs for over 2.2 million people. Now, The National Alliance has partnered with Florida State University to make these practical education programs available to others, with a special invitation to our veterans and their families.

Careers for Life participants may earn one or more of the following designations: Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR). These professional designations are recognized and respected across the industry thus providing greater career opportunities and higher earnings.

Spring 2015 Semester

Focus:
Management principles of effectively operating and managing an insurance agency: Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Successful completion of the final exam earns one part of five part designation program.

Course Content:

    Introduction - Property & Casualty Essentials
    Part 1 - The Agency as an Organization
    Part 2 - Managing and Sustaining Financial Strength
    Part 3 - Human Resources
    Part 4 - Agency Productivity and Effectiveness
    Part 5 - Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2-hour Essay Examination

A two hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Focus:
This course teaches the participant how to analyze and measure exposures and use loss data which is fundamental to effective risk management. This is the second step in the five step risk management process.

Course Content:

    Introduction – Risk Management Essentials
    Part 1 - Introduction to Analyzing Risk
    Part 2 - Qualitative Analysis
    Part 3 - Quantitative Analysis: Tools
    Part 4 - Quantitative Analysis: Forecasting
    Part 5 - Cash Discounting Concepts
    Part 6 - Risk Analysis Applications I
    Part 7 - Risk Analysis Applications II
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2.5-hour Essay Examination

A two and one half hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

Focus:
This Benefits course will cover the concepts of life insurance, health insurance, long term care, disability income, annuities and retirement planning including business continuation and planning for personal needs.

Course Content:

    Introduction - Property & Casualty Essentials
    Part 1 - Life Insurance Concepts
    Part 2 - Health Insurance Concepts
    Part 3 - Disability Income Insurance
    Part 4 - Long Term Care Insurance
    Part 5 - Business Continuation and Succession Planning
    Part 6 - Retirement Planning and Annuities
    Part 7 - Planning for Personal Needs
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2-hour Essay Examination

A two hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Focus:
The Commercial Casualty Insurance course will cover the general liability exposures faced by businesses and the use of the Commercial General Liability policy to address those exposures. The business auto, workers compensation, and excess liability exposures and coverages will be included in this course.

Course Content:

    Introduction – Property & Casualty Essentials
    Part 1 - Commercial General Liability
    Part 2 - Additional Insured Exposures and Coverages
    Part 3 - Business Auto Coverage Form
    Part 4 - Workers Compensation
    Part 5 - Employment Related Practices Liability
    Part 6 – Commercial Excess Liability and Umbrella Liability
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2-hour Essay Examination

A two hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Focus:
The Commercial Property Insurance course will explain property loss exposures and the use of insurance to manage such exposures. The course will analyze business income exposures and concepts related. The role of the commercial property coverage in business will be examined along with inland marine exposures and coverages.

Course Content:

    Introduction – Property & Casualty Essentials
    Part 1 - Building and Personal Property Coverage Forma and Endorsements
    Part 2 - Causes of Loss Coverage Forma and Endorsements
    Part 3 - Time Element Coverages
    Part 4 - Commercial Inland Marine Coverages
    Part 5 - Commercial Crime
    Part 6 – Businessowners Policy
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2-hour Essay Examination

A two hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Focus:
Commercial Insurance: Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation attainment

Course Content:

A fifty question, multiple choice, closed book exam follows each of the five parts. Successful completion of the five exams earns the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.

Focus:
Personal and commercial insurance. Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation attainment

Course Content:

A fifty question, multiple choice, closed book exam follows each of the five parts. Successful completion of the five exams earns the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.

Focus:
Personal Insurance: Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation attainment

Course Content:

A fifty question, multiple choice, closed book exam follows each of the five parts. Successful completion of the five exams earns the Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation.

Focus:
Personal Insurance Planning will explain personal loss exposures and the use of personal lines insurance coverages to manage such exposures.

Course Content:

    Introduction – Property & Casualty Essentials
    Part 1 - Personal Residential Coverages
    Part 2 - Personal Automobile Coverages
    Part 3 - Watercraft
    Part 4 - Personal Umbrella / Excess Liability
    Part 5 - Flood Insurance
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2-hour Essay Examination

A two hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Focus:
This course consolidates the various aspects of risk management and tackles the daily managerial and organizational requirements of risk managers and consultants. This is the final step in the five step risk management process.

Course Content:

    Introduction – Risk Management Essentials
    Part 1 - Introduction to Implementing and Monitoring the Risk Management Process
    Part 2 - The Risk Manager
    Part 3 - Building the Risk Management Team
    Part 4 - Information Technology for Risk Managers
    Part 5 - Allocating the Cost of Risk
    Part 6 - Due Diligence During Organizational Change
    Part 7 - Executive Risk
    Part 8 - Enterprise Risk Management
    Part 9 - Reputation and Brand Management
    Part 10 - Case Study

A two and one half hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

Focus:
The purpose of this course is to lay a solid foundation for an overall knowledge of the risk management process and provide a background to ensure success in the courses that follow.

Course Content:

    Introduction - Risk Management Essentials
    Part 1 - Risk Management Concepts and Their Effect on the Organization
    Part 2 - Risk Identification: Methods
    Part 3 - Risk Identification: Logical Classifications
    Part 4 - Ethics and the Risk Management Process
    Part 5 - Financial Concepts for Risk Management
    Part 6 - Loss Data Analysis
    Part 7 - Risk-Taking Appetite and Ability
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2.5-hour Essay Examination

A two and one half hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

Focus:
This course builds proficiency in risk control essentials (the third step in the five step risk management process), including various risk control techniques, the importance of accident prevention, accident investigation, claims management, and the benefits of an effective crisis management plan.

Course Content:

    Introduction - Risk Management Essentials
    Part 1 - Introduction to Control of Risk
    Part 2 - Risk Control Fundamentals
    Part 3 - Risk Control and Mitigation I
    Part 4 - Risk Control and Mitigation II
    Part 5 - Claims Management
    Part 6 - Crisis Management
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2.5-hour Essay Examination

A two and one half hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

Focus:
This risk financing course focuses on the risk financing step of the five step risk management process, including subject matter related to statistical measures, simple transfer options, loss sensitive transfer options, alternative financing options, and actuarial and audit perspectives.

Course Content:

    Introduction – Risk Management Essentials
    Part 1 - Introduction to Financing Risk
    Part 2 - Quantitative Analysis: Tools and Methods
    Part 3 - Simple Transfer Options
    Part 4 - Loss Sensitive Transfer Options
    Part 5 - Alternative Financing Options
    Part 6 - Actuarial, Accounting, and Audit Perspectives
    Part 7 - Case Study
    Final Examination – Closed Book, Proctored, 2.5-hour Essay Examination

A two and one half hour, short answer/essay, closed book examination follows this five week course. Successful completion of the exam earns one part of the five part designation program - Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.






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