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Transition Rules

The CAS generally reviews and makes revisions to the study material on an annual basis. Occasionally, a major topic will be added to or deleted from the syllabus. A major topic is defined as a series of learning objectives comprising a segment of an examination. When a major topic is added, the CAS Syllabus & Examination Committee will determine if a transition program is appropriate. A transition program is generally appropriate when candidates are in a position to lose credit for a segment of an examination.

A transition program usually will provide candidates with at least two opportunities to complete the requirements for that examination. The completion of the requirements will result in the achievement of credit for that entire examination. The failure to fulfill the requirements for that complete examination could result in the expiration of credit for that deleted topic at the end of the transition period. The CAS Board of Directors must approve any transition program.

Current Education Structure

No transition rules are available at this time for the current education structure.

Older Transition Rules Applicable to the Current Education Structure

  1. The CAS Board of Directors approved the following transition rules for the education structure that was implemented in the Fall of 2015.

    To receive credit for the new Exam S on Statistics and Probabilistic Models during the transition, the candidate must have credit for Exams ST and LC† and the VEE-Applied Statistical Methods educational requirement.

    At the time of transition, if a candidate has credit for either Exam ST or Exam LC, but not both, the candidate will be allowed to take just the exam for which he or she is missing credit in order to obtain partial credit for the new exam. This option will be available for a transition period of two sittings, i.e., Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

    Credit for the VEE-Applied Statistical Methods educational requirement will also be accepted for those candidates who complete it by August 31, 2016. If the candidate has not completed Exam ST, Exam LC, and the VEE-Applied Statistical Methods educational requirement by this date, the candidate will need to pass the full version of Exam S to receive credit.

    Candidates with credit for neither Exam ST nor Exam LC on August 31, 2015 will not be permitted to sit for Exam ST or Exam LC during the transition period and will need to pass the full version of Exam S to receive credit.

    The following table summarizes the above:

    Candidate Credit on August 31, 2015
    Exam ST Exam LC VEE-Applied Statistical Methods Action Required by August 31, 2016 to Earn Credit for new Exam S
    Credit granted. No candidate action required.
    Complete VEE-Applied Statistical Methods.
    Pass Exam LC.
    Pass Exam LC and complete VEE-Applied Statistical Methods.
    Pass Exam ST.
    Pass Exam ST and complete VEE-Applied Statistical Methods.
    Candidate must take full version of Exam S.
    Candidate must take full version of Exam S.

    † The CAS has also granted waivers for Exam LC to candidates who have:

    • Passed SOA Exam MLC;
    • Passed the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (U.K.), Actuaries Institute (Australia), or Institute of Actuaries of India Subject CT5; or
    • Passed the Actuarial Society of South Africa Course A203; or
    • Received a waiver granted by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries University Accreditation Program.

    For those candidates who have credit for Exam ST by August 31, 2015, the CAS will continue to grant the above Exam LC waivers through August 31, 2016.

    The CAS has approved the following transitional waiver policy for examinations sponsored by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (United Kingdom), Actuaries Institute (Australia), Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA), and the Institute of Actuaries of India. Credit will be granted for examinations passed or waived in accordance with examination equivalencies between the CAS Syllabus and the syllabi of each of the aforementioned actuarial organizations. The CAS will not grant credit for examinations waived on account of academic records achieved in U.S. universities.

    Candidate Credit on August 31, 2015 Action Required by August 31, 2016 to Earn Credit for new Exam S
    CT5 or A203 CT4 and CT6 or A202 and A204  
    Credit granted. No candidate action required.
      Pass CT4 and CT6 or A202 and A204.
      Pass CT5 or A203
        Candidate must take full version of Exam S.
  2. The CAS Board of Directors approved the following transition rules for the education structure that was implemented in January 2014:
  3. Credit in 2013* Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2014

    Exam 3L

    Exams LC and ST

    SOA Exam MLC

    Exams LC and ST

    *Note: Credit for Exam 3L or SOA Exam MLC must have been achieved through an examination administered prior to January 2014.

    In addition, the CAS Board of Directors approved the following waiver that will continue beyond January 2014:

    Credit Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2014

    SOA Exam MLC

    Exam LC

  4. The CAS Board of Directors approved the following transition rules for the education structure that was implemented in January 2011:
  5. Credit in 2010 Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2011

    Exam 5

    Half of Exam 5 (section on Basic Techniques for Ratemaking)* and Online Course 1

    Exam 6

    Half of Exam 5 (section on Estimating Claim Liabilities)* and Exam 7 on Estimation of Policy Liabilities, Insurance Company Valuation, and Enterprise Risk Management

    Exam 7

    Nation-specific Exam 6 on Regulation and Financial Reporting and Online Course 2

    Exam 8

    Exam 9 on Financial Risk and Rate of Return

    Exam 9

    Exam 8 on Advanced Ratemaking

    *Note: To receive credit for the new Exam 5 on Basic Techniques for Ratemaking and Estimating Claim Liabilities, the candidate must have credit for both old Exams 5 and 6. At the time of transition, if a candidate has credit for only one of the required exams (either old Exam 5 or Exam 6), the candidate will be allowed to take just the part of the exam for which he or she is missing credit (i.e., either the Basic Techniques for Ratemaking section or the Estimating Claim Liabilities section of the new exam) in order to obtain credit for the new exam. This option will be available for a transition period of two sittings after the official conversion to the new education structure (i.e., May 2011 and May 2012). If the candidate does not have credit for both halves of Exam 5 at the end of the transition period, the candidate would have to pass the full version of Exam 5 to receive credit.

  6. The CAS Board of Directors approved the following transition rule for the revision to Exam 3 that was implemented in January 2008:
  7. Credit in 2007 Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2008

    Exam 3

    Exams 3F and 3L

  8. The CAS Board of Directors approved the following transition rules for the revised education structure that was implemented in January 2005:
  9. Credit in 2004 Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2005

    Exam 1

    Exam 1

    Exam 2

    Exam 2, VEE-Economics, VEE-Corporate Finance

    Exam 3

    Exam 3 [Exams 3F and 3L]

    Exam 4

    Exam 4, VEE-Applied Statistical Methods

  10. The following rules apply for candidates with unused credit from exams administered prior to 2000:
  11. Pre-2000 Credit Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2014

    Exam 2 (Probability & Statistics) and Exam 4B (Credibility Theory and Loss Distributions)

    Exam ST

    Pre-2000 Credit Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2011

    Exam 3B

    Online Course 1

    Pre-2000 Credit Credit in Education Structure Implemented in 2005

    Exam 3A

    VEE-Applied Statistical Methods

    Exam 4A

    Exam 2

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