Casualty Actuarial Society


CERA Designation for CAS Members

A CAS Informational Web-Conference

Held on January 24, 2012


This web-conference discussed the CAS requirements to qualify for the CERA designation, with particular focus on the ST9 exam and the required ERMM seminar. A portion of the webinar allowed for the instructors to answer the attendees' questions on this topic. This webinar is informational only and will not qualify for continuing education credits.

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Barry Franklin, FCAS, CERA, ASA, MAAA
Chief Risk Officer, Zurich North America

Barry Franklin currently serves as VP-ERM on the CAS Executive Council, and has worked with CAS leadership and the CERA Global Treaty Board to secure approval of the CAS as a CERA Award Signatory. He has since been working with members of the CAS ERM committee and others to secure approval of the CAS's proposed Experienced Practitioners Pathway for attaining the CERA designation. Barry will provide an overview of the alternatives available to CAS members interested in attaining the CERA designation, as well as an update on the status of the CAS EPP application.

Abbe Sohne Bensimon, FCAS, MAAA
Senior Consultant, Towers Watson

Abbe Bensimon currently serves on the CAS's ERM and Professional Education Policy Committees and has been very active in the effort to establish an ERM designation for CAS members. She has been an instructor for the DFA Modeling Seminar and prior Enterprise Risk Management and Modeling Seminars offered by the CAS. Abbe has been instrumental in developing the ERMM seminar required for CAS members to attain the CERA designation and will be one of the instructors for the inaugural seminar scheduled for March 4-6, 2012 in Chicago, IL.

CAS Continuing Education Policy

The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) designates this educational activity for a maximum of up to 0 CE Credits. Participants should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CAS members earn 1 CE Credit per 50 minutes of educational session time not to include breaks and/or lunch.

The CAS Code of Professional Conduct states that, "an actuary shall perform professional services when the actuary is qualified to do so and meets applicable qualification standards." The American Academy of Actuaries (AAA) establishes qualification standards for public statements of actuarial opinion in the United States of America. Those standards require that actuaries update and maintain knowledge of applicable principles of actuarial science and actuarial standards of practice and their satisfaction through continuing education. The AAA publication Qualification Standards for Prescribed Statements of Actuarial Opinion provides a complete list of guidelines concerning continuing education. Actuaries attending a CAS seminar to satisfy AAA requirements should review all guidelines in that publication.

Further information regarding the CAS Continuing Education Policy, is available online.

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