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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 Biden administration is going to add another $500 million to its efforts to battle and prevent wildfire in the wildland urban interface. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said $400 million will come from funds available through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The money will target 21 areas identified as high risk.

The other $100 million will go to the U.S. Forest Service’s Collaborative Wildfire Risk Reduction Program. It takes care of risk mitigation in areas outside of the 21 areas targeted by the $400 million.

“This is allowing us to begin to expand beyond … the 21 priority areas into areas which we refer to as the wildland urban interface,” Vilsack said. “This is going to allow us with $100 million to help build local capacity to provide tools and resources so that we can provide those communities with assistance and help to reduce the risk of fire as it relates to their community.”

The extra $500 million brings the wildfire resilience funding from the IRA and the BIL to $2.4 billion.

Vilsack didn’t miss an opportunity to note that all of this — of course — depends on Congress passing a bill to fund the federal government.

“Without a budget, and without an allocation and appropriation to continue to pay firefighters what has been provided to them under the pay increase as well as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we risk losing key staff,” Vilsack said. “We’re encouraging Congress to work on the budget, so that we can continue to do good work.”

He also noted this funding is critical to his department, and the administration’s, efforts to battle climate change. Vilsack said climate change has led to dryer conditions that have contributed in very eventful ways wildfires caused by nature and by humans.

Last year there were over 53,000 wildfires that burned close to 2.61 million acres. That statistic comes via the National Interagency Fire Center.

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