Course on Professionalism

The Course on Professionalism is designed to make the candidate aware of the requirements of the CAS, CIA, and AAA regarding the conduct of the actuary in the performance of his or her duties.

Upcoming CAS Course on Professionalism:

December 2-3, Orlando, FL

December 9-10, 2021, Virtual

December 13-14, San Diego, CA

Registration will tentatively open the week of August 23.

In Person Course on Professionalism (see additional details below):

The CAS is ratifying contracts with hotels in Orlando and San Diego, once the contracts are ratified additional information will be posted and registration will open. Additional Hotel details will be released, and registration is anticipated to open the week of August 23. This is subject to change and is based on the ratification of the hotel contracts. All in-person attendees will be required to sign a covid-release waiver with registration and comply with all onsite safety protocols. By registering for an in-person event, you acknowledge and agree to abide by all safety protocols that the state and local area mandate, and that the hotel or CAS deem appropriate. As best practices and safety protocols mitigate to fit the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety protocols may be updated after registration.

Virtual Course on Professionalism (see additional details below):

To serve individuals that may still have travel restrictions due to COVID-19, the CAS will be offering one (1) virtual Course on Professionalism in December. This Course is intended for international and domestic candidates who are unable to travel due to restrictions or company policy. Registration for this virtual offering will open at the same time as the in-person offerings.

Course Information

Virtual Course on Professionalism

December 9-10, 2021

To serve individuals that may still have travel restrictions due to COVID-19, the CAS will be offering one (1) virtual Course on Professionalism in December. This Course is intended for international and domestic candidates who are unable to travel due to restrictions or company policy. Registration for this virtual offering will open at the same time as the in-person offerings.

December Course Information

The CAS Virtual Course on Professionalism will be limited to 42 participants. Registrations will be taken in the following order:

Registration is open to all qualified candidates. Qualified candidates should meet one of the following requirements:

  • Credit for any six (6) actuarial exams in the 2021 education structure-regardless of Internet courses or VEE status. 

OR:

  • Credit for any five (5) actuarial exams AND three (3) out of four (4) non-exam requirements: Online Course 1, Online Course 2, VEE-Corporate Finance, and VEE-Economics.

Note: For this eligibility prerequisite, the actuarial exams are Exams 1, 2, 3F, MAS-I, MAS-II, 5, and 6.

Registration/Fees

Attendance for the virtual course is limited to 42 participants. Note that sellouts do occur. Course applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received (within the noted eligibility guidelines), and a confirmation will be emailed to registrants after the registration fee payment is processed. Please allow the CAS office 10 business days to process your registration. A receipt will be sent via email to all registrants.
 
The early registration fee for the Virtual COP is $1,000 (US). Registrations received after November 1, 2021, will incur a late fee of $200.00. 

Attendance:

All candidates are expected to be on time for all sessions and remain at the Course until the end of the second day to receive credit for the Course. Please note the full course schedules below. The US courses will start at 8:00 AM each day and the first day will end at 5:00 PM and the second day will end at 3:30 PM. Attending the luncheon with speaker on both days is required to successfully complete the course. 

  • Please note that the same professionalism standards that exist for the in-person COP will be upheld for the virtual offering.
  • Candidates are expected to attend and actively participate throughout the full course to receive the professionalism credit. (Note: there are no luncheon speakers for the virtual course).
  • To successfully participate in the virtual COP, candidates need a strong internet connection and a personal device with a web camera, keyboard, and microphone. There is additional required pre-work to be completed for the virtual course.

Preliminary Requirements

All registered candidates will be required to view presentations on each of the ASOPs before attending the in-person course. These presentations, termed e-modules, consist of a series of slides with audio to guide you through the ASOP presentations. Each presentation contains questions placed throughout the slides that will need to be answered correctly to proceed and complete the presentation. Completion of each individual e-module for each candidate will be tracked by the CAS and to successfully complete the Course on Professionalism all presentations must be completed by the date noted in your confirmation email.

A link for these presentations will be emailed to you post registration. This requirement will take approximately three (3) hours in total to complete. Additional pre-readings will need to be completed in addition to the e-module requirement.

Attire

Virtual:

Comfortable business casual attire.

Additional Information

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the CAS Office at (703) 276-3100 or via email at meetings@casact.org.

Purpose

Candidates must successfully complete the Course on Professionalism to achieve the designation: Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS).

Learning Objectives

The Course on Professionalism is designed to make the candidate aware of the requirements of the CAS, CIA, and AAA regarding the conduct of the actuary in the performance of his or her duties. After working through the pre-work and taking the course, the candidate completing the course should know:

  • The Code of Professional Conduct and how to apply it in everyday work.
  • The importance of the applicability of the Code of Professional Conduct to members of the profession at all levels and areas of practice given the self-regulating nature of the actuarial profession.
  • What types of formal professional guidance are applicable to the Casualty Actuary, and which organizations are responsible for promulgating them.
  • The potential consequences of violations of the Code of Professional Conduct or other formal professional guidance.
  • Basic business communication skills and show familiarity with the skills necessary to communicate actuarial topics to actuarial and non-actuarial audiences.
  • The function of organizations that promulgate formal professional guidance.
  • How an actuary who violates professional standards may be counseled or disciplined.
  • How an actuary should handle an apparent material violation of formal professional guidance by another actuary.
  • The requirements for continuing professional education for the jurisdiction relevant to the Actuary's practice.
In-Person Course on Professionalism

In-Person Course on Professionalism
December 2-3, Orlando, FL
December 13-14, San Diego, CA

The CAS is ratifying contracts with hotels in Orlando and San Diego, once the contracts are ratified additional information will be posted and registration will open. Additional Hotel details will be released, and registration is anticipated to open the week of August 23. This is subject to change and is based on the ratification of the hotel contracts. All in-person attendees will be required to sign a covid-release waiver with registration and comply with all onsite safety protocols. By registering for an in-person event, you acknowledge and agree to abide by all safety protocols that the state and local area mandate, and that the hotel or CAS deem appropriate. As best practices and safety protocols mitigate to fit the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety protocols may be updated after registration.

December In-Person Course Information

The CAS In-Person Course on Professionalism will be limited to 120 participants each. Registrations will be taken in the following order:

Registration is open to all qualified candidates. Qualified candidates should meet one of the following requirements:

  • Credit for any six (6) actuarial exams in the 2021 education structure-regardless of Internet courses or VEE status. 

OR:

  • Credit for any five (5) actuarial exams AND three (3) out of four (4) non-exam requirements: Online Course 1, Online Course 2, VEE-Corporate Finance, and VEE-Economics.

Note: For this eligibility prerequisite, the actuarial exams are Exams 1, 2, 3F, MAS-I, MAS-II, 5, and 6.

Registration/Fees

Attendance for the in-person courses limited to 120 each. Note that sellouts do occur. Course applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received (within the noted eligibility guidelines), and a confirmation will be emailed to registrants after the registration fee payment is processed. Please allow the CAS office 10 business days to process your registration. A receipt will be sent via email to all registrants.
 
The early registration fee for the In-Person COP is $1,250 (US). Registrations received after November 1, 2021, will incur a late fee of $200.00. 

Attendance In-person:

All candidates are expected to be on time for all sessions and remain at the Course until the end of the second day to receive credit for the Course. Please note the full course schedules below. The US courses will start at 8:00 AM each day and the first day will end at 5:00 PM and the second day will end at 3:30 PM. Attending the luncheon with speaker on both days is required to successfully complete the course.  

Preliminary Requirements

All registered candidates will be required to view presentations on each of the ASOPs before attending the in-person course. These presentations, termed e-modules, consist of a series of slides with audio to guide you through the ASOP presentations. Each presentation contains questions placed throughout the slides that will need to be answered correctly to proceed and complete the presentation. Completion of each individual e-module for each candidate will be tracked by the CAS and to successfully complete the Course on Professionalism all presentations must be completed by the date noted in your confirmation email.

A link for these presentations will be emailed to you post registration. This requirement will take approximately three (3) hours in total to complete. Additional pre-readings will need to be completed in addition to the e-module requirement.

Attire

In Person:

The attire for the course is business casual (no denim, no shorts, no athletic shoes), and as meeting room temperatures vary, we recommend that you bring a sweater or jacket to the course.

Additional Information

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the CAS Office at (703) 276-3100 or via email at meetings@casact.org.

Purpose

Candidates must successfully complete the Course on Professionalism to achieve the designation: Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS).

Learning Objectives

The Course on Professionalism is designed to make the candidate aware of the requirements of the CAS, CIA, and AAA regarding the conduct of the actuary in the performance of his or her duties. After working through the pre-work and taking the course, the candidate completing the course should know:

  • The Code of Professional Conduct and how to apply it in everyday work.
  • The importance of the applicability of the Code of Professional Conduct to members of the profession at all levels and areas of practice given the self-regulating nature of the actuarial profession.
  • What types of formal professional guidance are applicable to the Casualty Actuary, and which organizations are responsible for promulgating them.
  • The potential consequences of violations of the Code of Professional Conduct or other formal professional guidance.
  • Basic business communication skills and show familiarity with the skills necessary to communicate actuarial topics to actuarial and non-actuarial audiences.
  • The function of organizations that promulgate formal professional guidance.
  • How an actuary who violates professional standards may be counseled or disciplined.
  • How an actuary should handle an apparent material violation of formal professional guidance by another actuary.
  • The requirements for continuing professional education for the jurisdiction relevant to the Actuary's practice.
Canadian Candidates

Important update on changes to the CIA Qualification Requirements for Property and Casualty candidates:

Effective in 2019, all Canadian property and casualty (P&C) candidates will be required to have successfully completed the CIA Professionalism Workshop for qualification as an Associate of the CIA (ACIA) and will have to successfully complete the Practice Education Course (PEC) for qualification as a Fellow of the CIA (FCIA). Both courses will be required to receive credit for the CAS Course on Professionalism, a requirement for Associate of the CAS (ACAS).

Starting in 2019, the CAS will accept successful completion of the CIA's Professionalism Workshop (PW) in addition to the Practice Education Course (PEC) in Canada as meeting the requirements for the CAS Course on Professionalism (COP).

In addition, candidates will be required to complete pre-work on communication skills topics and should be prepared to use these skills during the course.

In-Person Health and Safety

World Health Org

CDC

Florida

Orlando City Guidelines

California

San Diego County/City Guidelines

Florida Hotel’s Cleanliness/Safety Plan (TBD)

California Hotel’s Cleanliness/Safety Plan (TBD)

CAS Meeting Specific Plan/Guidelines (TBD)

Future Locations

Updated January 2021

The Committee on Professionalism Education, which is responsible for developing the Course on Professionalism (COP), has developed the following rotating schedule for COP locations. The Committee has selected these cities and rotation in an effort to best serve the candidate audience. As a reminder, candidates should never make travel arrangements prior to registering and receiving a registration confirmation from the CAS. The rotating location schedule is merely offered as an advance planning tool and is subject to change.

2021 2022
January / February February
Virtual Texas
June June
Virtual Chicago
Virtual Hartford or DC Metro Area
August August
Virtual* Chicago*
December December
Atlanta or Florida Florida
San Diego Las Vegas
Asia Asia
TBD TBD

* Tentatively scheduled and will be scheduled based on candidate demand.

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