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Volunteer for the CAS

For general information on volunteering please send an email to volunteer@casact.org.

The CAS has a great culture and history of volunteerism and depends very heavily on its volunteers. The Participation Survey is the primary tool used by committee chairpersons to staff their committees. In July, 2013, please take the time to complete the participation survey.

Your volunteering is good for the CAS, but it’s also good for YOU.

  • Volunteering provides a great opportunity for networking. Working on CAS Committees is a great way to meet other CAS members with similar interests.
  • Serving as a committee member or chair will give you the opportunity to develop interpersonal and time management skills that will benefit you on the job.
  • Many volunteer opportunities offer a chance to become involved in pioneering fields of actuarial practice.
  • Volunteer opportunities can be tailored to meet your particular situation. Your personal interests, available free time, and travel constraints all factor into the committees and roles that will work for you.
  • Geography is not a limitation to your involvement. Participation by members outside the U.S. and Canada is encouraged.
  • If you are looking for short term commitments, those are available as well.

You can also learn more about volunteering for the CAS by watching the CAS & You presentation at www.casact.org/volunteer.


Exam Committee

Posted: January 23, 2015

The Examination Committee is responsible for organizing, managing, and administering the CAS Examinations, and is the most popular way for New Fellows to volunteer. The Examination Committee works hard to place every volunteer on the exam that best fits the member. The CAS asks that new members make a 3 year commitment to the exam committee to maintain consistency and quality of exams.

The work of the Exam Committee is key to maintaining high standards of professionalism of the CAS membership. Volunteering for the Exam Committee is a great way to get involved in the CAS. Volunteers are placed primarily during February through April and August through October.

Question Writing
New question writers are required to participate in a three hour training Webinar with no travel required. After submitting questions, the entire committee will meet to refine questions and compile the exam(s). The CAS covers up to $800 for airfare and selects a hotel that falls within reimbursement guidelines.

  • Spring exams (and Exam 5) – September through October with a writers’ summit in October or November
  • Fall exams (and Exams 6US and 6C) – February through April with a writer’s summit in April or May .

Grading
The CAS covers up to $800 for airfare and selects a hotel that falls within reimbursement guidelines.

  • Spring exams – starting in mid-May, culminating in a two day grading session in Las Vegas mid-June.
  • Fall exams – starting in mid-November, culminating in a two day grading session in Las Vegas in early December.

Exam Specific Information

  • Exam 5 – now offered twice a year. There will be openings for graders (spring, fall or both) and question writers (question writing will take place only in September through October, or November at which time both exams for the following year will be compiled).
  • Exam 6US – now offered twice a year. There will be openings for graders (spring, fall or both) and question writers (question writing will take place only in February through April or May).
  • Exam 7 – spring exam. New members are expected to be full committee members – writing questions and grading.
  • Exam 8 – fall exam. New members are expected to be full committee members – writing questions and grading.
  • Exam 9 – spring exam. New members are expected to be full committee members – writing questions and grading.
  • New Exams ST (Statistics) and LC (Life Contingencies) may need new members. These exams are multiple choice so no grading is involved. The Committee meets twice a year for two days each time in various locations.

If you are interested in the Examination Committee or have questions please email Matt at mcaruso@casact.org.

CAS University Liaison

Posted: January 23, 2015

The CAS University Liaison Program, established in 1999, has grown considerably in the last year and currently matches CAS members with 287 universities around the world. We are excited about the progress that has been made, thanks to our volunteer University Liaisons, but there is still more work to be done. 

The University Engagement Committee developed a list of target schools, with a goal to match a University Liaison with each university on the list. More than 150 schools on the Committee’s target list are not yet matched with a University Liaison. CAS members are invited to volunteer as a University Liaison to a school on the target list.

University Liaisons provide support in a number of ways, such as:

  • Make campus visits and presentations to students and faculty
  • Talk with students on an individual basis
  • Advise faculty on curriculum matters
  • Serve on a university Advisory Board
  • Advise the universities on CAS opportunities, tools and resources, and the exam system

The CAS supports University Liaisons in their university outreach efforts by providing them with off-the-shelf presentations, case studies, and marketing materials. University Liaisons belong to an online community of fellow volunteers where they can access resources and share their experiences with other University Liaisons.

Please contact the CAS University Engagement Manager, Tamar Gertner, at Tgertner@casact.org to volunteer as a University Liaison to one of the schools on the target list.

For more information about the role of University Liaison, please review the description of the expectations for University Liaisons.

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