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Institutes unveil new course offerings on P/C developments


MALVERN, Pa.—The American Institute for CPCU and the Insurance Institute of America have launched a series of professional development courses designed to provide the most recent information on trends and developments in the property/casualty insurance market.

The Institutes' Professional Development Series readings are clustered by topic to allow users to quickly find information of particular interest and relevance. The PDS is designed as a resource, balancing learning and professional development with current work objectives and time demands. All PDS course materials and optional examinations are online.

The first two courses are reinsurance with topics that include Solvency II, catastrophe modeling, alternative risk transfer, sidecars and catastrophe bonds; and risk management with topics that include captives, enterprise risk management, catastrophes and securitization, intellectual property, crisis management and emerging liability issues.

Articles for each cluster of readings come from various industry publications. Questions at the end of each reading help students measure their understanding of the material. Students are not required to answer the questions unless they wish to earn the certificate of completion. To earn a certificate of completion, students must correctly answer 150 questions within a 12-month period.

PDS courses are open to anyone, and they are not required to complete or maintain any Institute certificate or designation program.

More information and a demonstration are available online at