Volunteer for the CAS
For general information on volunteering please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Volunteers Sought for New Task Force on Professional Education Topics and Delivery
Posted: March 18, 2015
The Professional Education Policy Committee is seeking volunteers for a new task force charged with overseeing implementation of recommendations prepared by the Environmental Scan Task Force in 2014. The Environmental Scan Task Force was charged with:
- Researching continuing education delivery methods used by other organizations (webinars, in-person meetings, limited attendance sessions, hands-on sessions, etc.)
- Researching topics presented by those organizations and looking for trends in how the delivery method varied by topic and
- Developing a report of findings and recommendations with respect to continuing education provided by the CAS.
The recommendations produced by the Task Force were as follows:
- Continue the current focus on developing content that is more interactive to engage attendees and enhance learning
- Develop a formal strategic plan for incorporating technology-enabled and technology-enhanced learning
- Increase online content available to alleviate travel conflicts and costs, along with increasing the depth of the courses covered
- Consider establishing alliances, or sharing of content, with other associations
- U.S.-based organizations providing general insurance education
- Non-U.S.-based organizations providing general insurance education
- Sharing of international content
- Establish affiliations with other professions
The implementation task force is seeking an additional three members. The precise timeline associated with the task force's work is not certain, although the goal is to have most of the recommendations implemented within one year of formation. Should it be determined that the task force's work needs to extend beyond one year and members are not able to continue their commitments beyond one year, new members will be identified. The task force will initially plan to meet by teleconference semi-monthly for one hour meetings. Each member will be expected to assist with one of the five areas identified above. We expect that the commitment outside of the semi-monthly teleconferences will be approximately 2 to 3 hours per month on average.
Please email Dave Core if you are interested in participating.
Limited Attendance Seminar Subcommittee Call for Volunteers
Posted: February 9, 2015
The Limited Attendance Seminar Subcommittee is looking for volunteers to join two Task Forces to contract and work with Subject Matter Experts to develop the content of and present Limited Attendance Seminars on Basics of Applied Statistics and P&C Insurance Industry data. Limited Attendance Seminars are 1 ½ day seminars for specific small audiences. Volunteers for these Task Forces would send out RFPs to find suitable Subject Matter Experts and then review the content they develop for the seminars.
During the RFP process, volunteers should expect monthly calls and up to one hour of work a week. During the content development process, volunteers should expect biweekly calls and up to three hours of work a week.
Please contact Nora Potter at email@example.com with any questions.
- Limited Attendance Seminar - Basics Of Applied Statistics
This seminar will provide a review of general statistical theory, and will guide participants on translating theory into practice for solving typical insurance problems.
- Understand the statistical theory underlying most data analyses;
- Gain a working knowledge of R, including key operations such as data import and export, basic statistical analyses, and predictive modeling functional forms;
- Gain a working knowledge of rate classification analyses utilizing GLMs in R, including the use of linear regression and logistic regression, as well as an understanding of analytical output and diagnostic information.
This seminar will provide an overview of the various sources of data that can be used to supplement your company's or your client's data to enhance your analyses, and will cover several important considerations around the use of external data. This seminar could also allow for representatives from various industry sources to describe the products/information that is available (examples: ISO, NCCI, AM Best, SNL…). Types of industry data may include the following: loss development factors, increased limit factors, WC benefit level adjustments, loss rates/loss costs, annual statement/schedule P, severity/frequency trends…
- Gain awareness of different sources of external insurance data and other relevant information
- Understand which external data and information can be used for which analyses, including any limitations
- Understand your responsibilities with respect to your use of external data and information, including appropriate disclosures
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.
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 .
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.
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.
For more information about the role of University Liaison, please review the description of the expectations for University Liaisons.