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Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS)

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Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS)

The Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) program is a specialized curriculum focusing on the insurance and risk management needs of construction projects and contractors. Those who complete the program are entitled to display the CRIS certification to certify their knowledge of construction insurance and risk management and dedication to the industry.


Benefits:

  • Gain specialized expertise in construction insurance and risk management.
  • Knowledge to make wiser insurance and risk management decisions for their employees and work more effectively with their agents/brokers.
  • Increase competence, confidence, and credibility of insurance professionals who sell to contractors.


Should I get my designation?
This program is recommended for any agency staff including agents, brokers, agency principals, producers, account managers and customer service representatives who design, sell, buy, or underwrites construction insurance programs.

Designation Requirements
To earn the CRIS designation, candidates are required to participate and complete five basic-to-intermediate-level insurance and risk management continuing education courses directly focused on the unique needs of construction projects and contractors.

Class Requirements

Commercial Auto, Surety, CIPs, and Miscellaneous Lines
This course describes and analyzes the typical structure and format of a contractor's insurance program.  An overview of various additional coverage needs of many contractors, including auto liability, professional liability, pollution liability, employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, and fiduciary liability insurance will be discussed.

Commercial Liability Insurance for Contractor
This course is designed to give a moderately experienced insurance person a detailed look at (1) the liability exposures that give rise to employment-related claims and (2) the insurance policies that have been developed to cover these exposures.  The first part of this course describes the most important common law exposures to employment litigation and the second part takes a look at specific coverage terms with EPLI forms.  Next, third-party liability coverage, claims management, defense cost and "special conditions' are also described.  Lastly, the exclusions and coverage triggers contained with the policies are analyzed.

Contractual Risk Transfer in Construction
This program focuses on fulfilling the implied promises contained in the insuring agreement. Students will review methods of providing evidence of insurance coverage; will discuss policies and procedures for controlling errors and omissions including policy review and delivery, endorsements, claims-processing, and handling of client complaints. This course includes a review of Professional Expectations; the Law of Agency; and Legal and Ethical Standards. Throughout each section of the workshop material, tips for preventing Errors & Omissions are highlighted and discussed

Property Insurance for Contractors
During this session, participants will be provided with specific tools for analyzing consumer needs; will learn to utilize risk identification techniques to gather pertinent prospect information; will develop skills necessary to assimilate information gathered into a customized protection program; and will participate in exercises designed to promote effective delivery of proven solutions. Throughout each section of the workshop material, tips for preventing Errors & Omissions are highlighted and discussed.

Workers Compensation for Contractors
This program focuses on fulfilling the implied promises contained in the insuring agreement. Students will review methods of providing evidence of insurance coverage; will discuss policies and procedures for controlling errors and omissions including policy review and delivery, endorsements, claims-processing, and handling of client complaints. This course includes a review of Professional Expectations; the Law of Agency; and Legal and Ethical Standards. 


CRIS Reaccreditation

If you earn the right to use the CRIS certification you must engage in an ongoing continuing education process to maintain it. This involved obtaining 7 hours of approved construction risk and insurance continuing education credit during the 12 months following initial receipt of the certification and every 12 months thereafter. You may obtain this CE credit by attending approved CRIS courses or conferences or completing online CRIS courses.

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