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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

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) has released its third quarter commercial insurance rates results. They aren’t too much different than those of other associations and groups.

The average premium hike for quarter three of 2023 is 8.1%. That’s down from the 8.9% in the second quarter. All lines except directors and officers liability and workers’ compensation saw increases.

Medium-sized accounts saw the biggest rise at an average of 8.9%. That’s down from 9.8% in the second quarter. Small accounts rose by 7.9%. That’s up from 7.2% in the second quarter.

Large accounts saw a 7.5% rise. That’s down from 9.7%.

The highest rate increases were from commercial property. Premiums in that line rose 17.1% on average. That’s horrible news for companies but it does come with some good news. Rates in the second quarter jumped 18.3% on average.

Commercial auto rates rose 8.8%, down from 10.4% in the second quarter. Umbrella rates are up 7.4% but down from the second quarter’s 8.1%. General liability increases hit 4.2%, down from 5.2%.

Work comp rates fell 2% and D&O rates fell 0.3%.

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