Underwriting Boot Camp

July 20-23, 2020 (tentative) • Atlanta, GA • Georgia State University
For insurance professionals new to or with limited surplus lines underwriting exposure or experience

About the Program

This course is designed to establish an underwriting foundation in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines market for insurance professionals new to surplus lines and/or interested in developing an underwriting skill set. The course is case study-centric and focuses primarily on the Property and General Liability lines of business.  Attendees expand their insurance terminology and strengthen their underwriting approach. At the end of the program, through classroom facilitation, discussion and thorough case studies, students will be more effective in their jobs. 

Learn more about Underwriting Boot Camp in the informational program brochure.

Who Should Attend

Underwriting Boot Camp is ideal for insurance professionals new to or with limited E&S underwriting experience. Underwriters with only single-line experience will also find this program beneficial.

Registration and Fees

  • Registration opens April 2020. To be placed on a wait list for the 2020 program, and to be notified of the next program, please click here.
  • Tuition is $925 per participant
  • Hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the participant.

What Alumni Have To Say

 “The WSIA Underwriting Boot Camp has been a tremendous help. One of the takeaways was the amount of knowledge the instructors had. They were able to really define and get down to the nitty-gritty details and provide that information to us. There were a lot of what-if questions, and we worked together along as a group.”
Kyle Bolls, S/L Stamping Office of TX 

“The biggest takeaways are the people and the networking. Getting to know them and have those networks across the country is valuable. I strongly recommend WSIA Underwriting Boot Camp. It’s a way to network, learn and broaden your horizons in the insurance industry.”
Kenny Ogden, IFG Companies

Read more feedback from past attendees about their Underwriting Boot Camp experiences. 

Schedule of Events

Date Time  Topic
Sunday 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. On-site Registration /Informal Gathering
Monday 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.      Class introductions and Session Overview
  8:15 - 9:15 a.m. What is Underwriting?
  9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      Property Coverage and Underwriting: Part 1
  1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Property Coverage and Underwriting: Part 2 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reception
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Property Case Studies

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. General Liability Coverage and Underwriting
Wednesday  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    Professional Liability and Underwriting
  1:00 - 5:00 p.m. General Liability Case Studies
  5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Reception
Thursday 8:00 - 11:45 a.m.  Emerging Issues
  11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.            Wrap Up / Q&A

Session Location

Georgia State University Buckhead Center
Tower Place 200
3348 Peachtree Road NE, 12th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30326

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel reservations are your responsibility. There are several hotels within walking distance of the Georgia State University Education Center.

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3332 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA

Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta - Buckhead
3342 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Travel Information

Students should plan to arrive on-site by 8 a.m. on the first day of class. Departing flights should be scheduled for after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is located 15 miles south of the training location.

Underwriting Boot Camp Cancellation Policy

    • Registrants can receive a full refund, less a $50 fee for processing, if the request is made prior to approximately 8 weeks in advance of the program. 
    • Registrants can receive a 50% refund if requested between 8 and 4 weeks before the program.
    • No refund is offered within 4 weeks of the program.
    • Should you cancel within four weeks, you will have a limited time opportunity to substitute someone else at your firm as an alternative to the above refund policy. 
    • All requests must be made in writing to Denise Marshall, denise@wsia.org.