The Western Alliance is proud to announce CPIA designation courses will be available via webinar format beginning in January 2024 at  


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CPIA - Certified Professional Insurance Agent

Empowering Insurance Professionals into the Future

The CPIA designation is first-of-its-kind, hands-on, how-to training. To earn the CPIA designation candidates are required to participate in a series of three, one-day seminars THE BEST PART IS NO EXAMS!
Completion is due three years from the first course.

These seminars are designed to enhance the ability of producers, sales support staff, and company personnel to efficiently create and distribute effective insurance programs. Participants leave with ideas that will produce sales results immediately.

While not a requirement, it is recommended that courses are taken in order.E&O Discounts apply for Utica National Policy Holders.

Each of the 3 courses are approved for 7 CE in
AZ | CA | ID | MT | NM | NV | OR | WA

Course Modules

Position for Success

Implement for Success

Sustain Success

During this workshop, participants focus on internal and external factors affecting
the creation of effective business development goals.

Factors discussed include:

current state of the insurance                 marketplace

competitive pressures

insurance carrier underwriting criteria

consumer expectations.

During this workshop, participants learn:

specific tools for analyzing consumer needs

how to utilize risk identification techniques to gather pertinent prospect

skills necessary to assimilate information gathered into customized coverage recommendations

how to prepare a complete submission

tips for preparing and presenting a comprehensive insurance proposal

This workshop focuses on fulfilling the implied promises contained in the insuring agreement.

Participants will:

review methods of providing evidence of insurance coverage

discuss policies and procedures for controlling errors and omissions including policy review and delivery, endorsements, claims-processing, and handling of client complaints

learn how to calculate the lifetime value of a client and techniques for generating referrals.

CPIA Update Requirement

The Certified Professional Insurance Agent designation stands for professionalism, commitment to professional training and results, and technical knowledge. To maintain the right
to use the CPIA designation, designees must complete an update on an annual basis * or maintain a Ruby, Sapphire or Diamond level membership with the CPIA Program.

* CPIA 1, CPIA 2, CPIA 3, Special Topics:

An Agent’s Guide to Understanding and Mitigating Cyber Exposures

Disaster and Continuity Planning for Business and Families

An E&O Loss Control Program for Agencies

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years and make several changes to the program. The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2023 has a House companion bill, which is sponsored by Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Clay Higgins (R-LA).

The bill includes several provisions that could improve the program, including the creation of an agent advisory council with a designated seat for a PIA representative, increased funding for mitigation, the development of an affordability framework, and improvements to the claims process.

However, the bill also includes a provision that PIA has long viewed as unacceptable: a reduction in the Write-Your-Own (WYO) reimbursement rate from 29.9 to 22.46 percent. A cut to 22.46 percent could force the WYOs who remain in the program to drastically cut agent commissions to account for the lower reimbursement rate. The NFIP is currently set to expire on Sept. 30, 2023, unless Congress acts to reauthorize it. PIA will continue to urge Congress to pass a long-term NFIP reauthorization bill that includes essential reforms and does not devalue the irreplaceable expertise of independent agents.