Education and Career Development
WSIA provides career-long professional learning to advance the careers and develop the talent of members' employees. The Association offers a full-slate of education programs for new and seasoned E&S professionals. Designed to strengthen knowledge and cultivate strong leadership skills, WSIA education programs are offered in a progressive format so participants are appropriately challenged through every phase of their E&S careers.
Download a programs overview to see all upcoming WSIA education programs.
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April 7, 2020 • At your desk • No charge
For all WSIA members who lead people working remotely
Webinar | Leading Remote Workers: The Evolving Workplace, including COVID-19
Participants will gain timely tools from Kristen Skender, Jimcor Agencies, Inc and Leah Ohodnicki, Argo Group, about how to effectively lead people working remotely and how to manage the related technology. The webinar will include discussion about COVID-19-related adaption to working remotely and how to engage and recognize employees in these changing times. Registration is now closed, but you can learn more here
Excess & Surplus Lines
June 7-10, 2020 • St. Louis, MO • $1,325
For all insurance professionals who are relatively new to the surplus lines industry or who have recently transitioned into E&S
Attendees gain solid understanding of the surplus lines marketplace, current issues and trends, and the roles of brokers, underwriters, program administrators, managing general agents and other players in the industry. At the end of the program, participants will be more knowledgeable about the surplus lines market.
July 20-23, 2020 • Atlanta, GA • $925
July 7-8, 2020 • Rolling Meadows, IL
For insurance professionals new to or with limited surplus lines underwriting exposure or experience
Designed for underwriters, brokers and those with binding authority to establish an underwriting foundation to enhance participants’ abilities to more quickly and effectively accomplish their work. With classroom facilitation, discussion and thorough case studies, participants will be more effective technicians at the end of the program.
November 17-18, 2020 • Scottsdale, AZ
For all brokers, managing general agents and underwriters who transact business and have relationships with clients
This customized surplus lines training produced by Richardson, a global sales training company, strengthens selling and negotiation skills. A small group setting allows an individualized experience focused on developing relationship skills. Participants will leave the program with stronger sales and negotiation skills, leading to greater success.
November 8-11, 2020 • St. Louis, MO • $1,375
For E&S professionals with multiple years of surplus lines industry experience
Attendees learn about wholesale distribution issues and best practices, industry regulatory issues, marketing, the claims process and the reinsurance impact upon the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry from professionals who bring years of expertise. Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge of a company’s operations, armed with information that can be applied immediately to strengthen the individual’s contribution to the business.
November 16, 2020 • Scottsdale, AZ
For any surplus lines manager who wants to become a more effective leader and strengthen coaching ability to ultimately improve team performance
During this one-day program, participants receive customized training produced by Richardson geared towards leading teams and enhancing performance in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry and return to their office with knowledge and
techniques designed to bring out the best in teams.
February 1-4, 2021 • Atlanta, GA • Emory University • $2,200
For any broker, managing general agent or underwriter who manages a team and book of business or is transitioning into a leadership role
This program is taught in partnership with faculty from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business as well as WSIA senior leaders and industry CEOs. Combining industry knowledge and world-class management training, the instructors and curriculum prepare participants for their current and future leadership positions by examining the foundation of good management. Participants will learn to harness their own leadership style to motivate teams, manage conflict, build a book of business and increase company value and performance.
August 18-20, 2020 • Scottsdale, AZ • $195/four-hour course $110/two-hour course
April 27-30, 2021 • Washington, D.C. • Darden School of Business • $2,725
For any senior-level professional or leader in the E&S industry who has significant industry experience and wants to think, act and lead strategically
For E&S professionals at all career levels and job responsibilities to grow their industry expertise
For this two-day education program, attendees choose from a variety of technical training sessions and workshops to customize their learning experience. Some courses are case study-based, some are panel discussions, and others are presentations with class engagement to enhance technical skillsets.
Senior-level E&S industry members participate in this capstone course at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Washington, D.C. The program curriculum emphasizes transitioning from a tactical leadership approach to a strategic leadership focus. This program will challenge the way the participant thinks, leads and manages in today’s complex environment, enabling you to lead more successfully.
On demand • Online • $15-$16.25
For insurance professionals seeking an introduction to E&S
Online participants understand why the surplus lines market is needed, how its distribution system works, how surplus lines transactions are regulated and how the surplus lines market is able to successfully underwrite risks that the standard market has declined.
On demand • Online • $7-$14.95
For insurance professionals seeking an introduction to regulatory compliance
This online course covers a variety of subject material including an overview of the surplus lines industry, licensing, record keeping, insurer eligibility, diligent search, tax remittance, policy disclosure and delivery and independent procurement and industrial exemption.
Online CE Credits
WSIA seeks to utilize current technology to provide economical, professional and practical online education opportunities to its members. Success CE is the current provider of online CE courses for WSIA.
Under the program, employees of WSIA member firms can access the CE courses through the WSIA website and complete the process online. The cost is $34.95 (plus state fees) per person for unlimited courses for a year or $14.95 for individual courses. These costs are separate from any Surplus Lines Regulatory Compliance Course costs.
For additional information, please visit Success CE's Online Continuing Education page.