About 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.

About the CRIS Program

Anyone who designs, sells, buys, or underwrites construction insurance programs should consider taking the CRIS program. You should consider the CRIS continuing education program if you are a(n):
  • Insurance agent or broker ... see what agents & brokers have to say about CRIS.
  • Customer service representative (CSR)
  • Insurance underwriter or adjuster
  • Risk manager or insurance manager of a construction company
  • Contractor CFO, controller, or other executive who buys insurance
  • Construction safety professional who wishes to expand your horizons
  • Risk and insurance consultant
  • Construction lawyer
  • Risk manager of another organization with substantial construction activities
The CRIS continuing education (CE) program was developed by IRMI to make it much easier for construction financial officers and managers, controllers, in-house risk managers or insurance buyers, and their agents, brokers, and underwriters to gain specialized expertise in construction insurance and risk management. Completing the five-part curriculum entitles you to the CRIS certification. Construction financial and risk professionals who obtain the certification will have the knowledge to make wiser insurance and risk management decisions for their employers and work more effectively with their agents/brokers. Obtaining the CRIS certification will increase the competence, confidence, and credibility of insurance professionals who sell or underwrite insurance for contractors. A CFO, CFM, controller, or construction risk manager who buys insurance from a CRIS designee will know he or she is dealing with someone who is knowledgeable about the specialized needs of contractors.
As a member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) or Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), you qualify for a 10 percent discount off the course fee and, if you need it, insurance CE fee. If you are a CFMA member, simply enter E958030 when asked for your special promotion code upon checkout. If you are a RIMS member, enter D823445. All CFMA and RIMS orders will be checked against the membership lists, so please do not claim one of the discounts unless it applies to you. At only $71.10 each (after the 10 percent discount), you can take all five core courses and earn the CRIS certification for only $355.50! That’s less than the cost of many seminars, and you will learn far more. Plus, you will have an insurance certification to show for it. For only $15 more per course, you can get up to 12 hours' insurance CE credit for any of the courses, depending on your state.
The core curriculum is composed of five basic- to intermediate-level insurance and risk management continuing education courses directly focused on the unique needs of construction projects and contractors. Completing the core curriculum qualifies an individual to use the CRIS certification for 24 months. To maintain the certification, the CRIS certification holder must complete only 7 hours of CRIS CE credit during the initial 24 months and every 12 months thereafter. This can be satisfied through just one additional online CE course or by attending approved seminars and conferences.
CPE credit (in most states) and state-required insurance CE credit (in all 50 states) is available. Since the CRIS program is available at your home or office through WebCE's state-of-the-art Internet delivery system, you won't have any travel costs or time away from the office either!
Completing the CRIS certification counts as 2 days of RIMS Fellow (RF) workshop credits toward the RF designation. To receive credit, you must send RIMS a copy of your CRIS Certificate that you receive after completing all courses. Please send the copy to RIMS, Professional Development Department, 1065 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018 or fax to (212) 655-5929.
It is easy to enroll in the CRIS continuing education program. Just go to the Course Catalog in the CRIS Learning Center, select the CE course(s) you wish to take, indicate whether you need state insurance CE credit, and proceed to checkout. If you are a member of the CFMA or RIMS, don’t forget to enter the special code (see Discount details above) when you check out to receive the discount. You could be on your way to achieving your CRIS certification with your first course in less than 10 minutes!
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