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

 

Check our calendar of events for course informatioin.  

Registrations will be open soon!

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

CPIA 1
Position for Success

CPIA 2
Implement for Success

CPIA 3
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
information

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

The 2024 short session of the Oregon Legislature ended on March 7.  Many of the bills that PIA followed, including a bill to develop an insurance-related risk reduction certification program, died.  The list of those bills which did survive is below.

There was no mention of bad faith or other issues of great concern to the insurance industry.  Agents should note that they will now be covered under the FBI’s Rap Back system for fingerprint criminal records checks under HB 4122-En.

There are several workers’ compensation related bills, bills having to do with construction contractors, and transportation related bills. The Prescribed Fire Liability Pilot Program was changed under HB 4016-En.  Please review the entire list.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Our thanks once again to the PIA Government Relations Committee members! 

Bill Tracking as of 3/9/2024

SENATE BILLS

SB 1575- En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1575/Enrolled

The Act says that public bodies may not have certain terms in some types of construction contracts. Limits a public body’s ability to require a duty to defend the public body in a contract with a person or entity providing architectural, engineering, photogrammetric mapping, transportation planning, land surveying services or related services. Provides that certain provisions relating to construction agreements do not apply to design-build contracts. Sunsets provisions on January 1, 2035. 

SB 1576-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1576/Enrolled

The Act changes the law about when the AG can share some materials about consumer data. The Act makes some court records of when a minor settles a claim secret. The Act changes the law making some owners immune from liability when they allow recreation on their land. Modifies provisions regarding disclosure of certain materials relating to consumer data investigations by the Attorney General. Provides for confidentiality of court records relating to certain settlements of minors’ claims. Modifies provisions relating to recreational immunity and makes some of the changes temporary. Declares an emergency, effective on passage. 

SB 1580-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1580/Enrolled

The Act would make it a crime for an employer to file a false payroll report to lower its workers’ comp premium.  Provides that an employer commits a Class A misdemeanor if the employer knowingly submits a false payroll report with the intent to decrease the employer’s premium for workers’ compensation insurance. Punishes by a maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, a $6,250 fine, or both. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

HOUSE BILLS

HB 4006-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4006/Enrolled

Requires state agencies to accept surety bonds from people who perform construction work for the state, instead of holding onto some of the money the agencies owe for the work, in order to make sure the work is done correctly. Gives a form for the surety bond. Requires a contracting agency to accept from contractors surety bonds in lieu of retainage for construction projects and public improvement contracts. Specifies requirements for submitting surety bonds. Specifies relations between a contractor and a subcontractor when the contractor submits a surety bond on behalf of the subcontractor. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

HB 4012-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4012/Enrolled

The Act does not allow an insurer to make a health care provider purchase a drug at a certain pharmacy if the provider is giving the drug to a patient in certain settings. The Act also applies to other types of entities that pay for health care. Prohibits issuers of health benefit plans, health care service contractors or multiple employer welfare arrangements from requiring that drugs that are administered by health care providers in specified settings be dispensed at a certain pharmacy or by a pharmacy that is in the provider’s network.

HB 4016-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4016/Enrolled

The Act makes certain changes to a program for planned fires. The Act directs an agency to extend the deadline for a grant program for protecting homes from fire. The Act directs agencies to report on creating a program for protecting homes from fire.Makes certain changes to the Prescribed Fire Liability Pilot Program. Directs the Department of Consumer and Business Services to allow a person to apply for a grant under the Fire Hardening Grant Program on or before December 31, 2025. Directs the Department of Consumer and Business Services and the Department of the State Fire Marshal to report, on or before September 15, 2024, to committees or interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to natural resources on a proposal for a proactive home hardening program. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die. 

HB 4103-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4103/Enrolled

Modifies the definition of electric assisted bicycle for purposes of the Oregon Vehicle Code. Adds definitions of Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 electric assisted bicycles. 

HB 4113-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4113/Enrolled

The Act applies to insurers and other entities that pay for drugs for people who have insurance. The Act requires insurers and others to count toward any costs that an insured person must pay for their drugs, the amounts paid from coupons or by other third parties. Requires an insurer, a pharmacy benefit manager and a health care service contractor to count payments made by or on behalf of an enrollee for the costs of certain prescription drugs when calculating the enrollee’s contribution to an out-of-pocket maximum, deductible, copayment, coinsurance or other required cost-sharing for the drugs.

HB 4122-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4122/Enrolled

The Act tells OSP to join the FBI’s Rap Back system for fingerprint criminal records checks. The Act says how agencies can use the Rap Back program. Directs the Department of State Police to establish a fingerprint retention system for participation in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Rap Back system. Provides requirements for authorized agencies to participate in the Rap Back program. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

HB 4147-En

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB4147/Enrolled

Authorizes the use of stop arm cameras on school buses to record people who do not stop for bus safety lights. Permits an education provider to have stop arm cameras on school buses for the purpose of recording persons who fail to stop for bus safety lights. Permits a law enforcement agency to issue a citation for failure to stop for bus safety lights based on photographs or video if certain other conditions are met.

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