Terms and Conditions

There are three simple steps to obtaining and maintaining the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) certification:

  1. Complete the core curriculum, consisting of 5 online courses, within 60 months of starting the program.

  2. Complete only 6 hours of CE credit within 12 months of obtaining the certification and every 12 months thereafter (through one online course or approved seminar).

  3. Agree to the terms and conditions enumerated below.

If any of these terms and conditions raise questions in your mind, please first consult the CRIS FAQs section for answers. If your question is not answered there, please feel free to contact IRMI.

Rules for Using the CRIS Certification

CRIS is a trademark of IRMI and our rights to this mark are protected under the law. When you register for the CRIS program in the CRIS Learning Center, you agree to all the terms and conditions enumerated below. If you complete the CRIS core curriculum within 60 months of beginning it, you receive a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to use the CRIS trademark. All of the following terms and conditions apply to your certification and use of the CRIS mark:

  1. Immediately upon completion of the CRIS five-part core curriculum, you are licensed to publish and announce that you are a holder of the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist certification and to display the CRIS trademark in conjunction with your name for a period of twelve (12) months. 

  2. Immediately upon completion of the CRIS five-part core curriculum, you may use the pre-approved CRIS designee graphic on your business card, in your email signature, on your social media profiles, and on other online profiles, such as a corporate bio, for a period of twelve (12) months. You are not permitted to crop or alter the graphic in any manner. Use of the CRIS designee graphic is limited as described. No other use of the CRIS designee graphic is permitted without the express written consent of IRMI.   

  3. You may renew your license to use the CRIS certification and CRIS designee graphic for additional 12-month periods by completing at least 6 hours of CRIS CE courses or approved seminars/conferences prior to the end of the initial 12 months or any subsequent 12-month license period. Your license expires on the day a license period ends without your having completed (and, if a seminar or conference, notified us of completion) the required renewal CE.

  4. Your display of the CRIS certification with your name will place a comma before the certification, followed by the certification in all capital letters without periods or other punctuation (for example: John Doe, CRIS).

  5. Your display of the CRIS certification on LinkedIn should be in the “Licenses and Certifications” section of your profile. It is to be worded as follows: CRIS—Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist.

  6. Your display/mention of the CRIS certification in a résumé, biography, or similar document should be either simply as “CRIS” or “CRIS—Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist” (without the quotes for either one).

  7. Whenever the CRIS mark is displayed in a typeface larger than 12 points, place the registered trademark symbol ® in superscript to the right of the mark.

  8. In the event you fail to comply with any provisions of these Terms and Conditions of Use, IRMI revokes your license as provided for herein, or you fail to renew your certification by completing the required CE courses, your license to use the CRIS mark and CRIS designee graphic will be immediately revoked and you shall immediately discontinue using the CRIS trademark, destroy any business cards or other printed materials showing the CRIS mark, and cease claiming to be a holder of the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist certification.

  9. In the event your license to use the CRIS certification expires because you fail to renew it by completing the required CE courses, you must complete the core curriculum to again earn the right to use the CRIS certification.

  10. You agree that IRMI may revoke your CRIS certification in the event you:

    • Are convicted of a felony.

    • Are convicted of any state or federal crime related to insurance.

    • Have an insurance license revoked due to violation of a state insurance code or statue.

    • Display a pattern of unethical, illegal, or immoral behavior that reflects negatively on the CRIS certification.

  11. In the event IRMI revokes your certification, IRMI will email notification to the email address and send a registered letter to the postal address on record in the CRIS Learning Center. Your license to use the certification expires 3 business days after the registered letter is mailed whether or not you receive the letter or email message.

  12. In the event IRMI revokes your certification, you may at any time appeal the revocation by contacting IRMI in writing and stating your reasons why you feel you should be allowed to use the CRIS certification. You agree that IRMI's decision regarding your appeal is binding and final.

  13. You agree that the official mode of communication regarding the status of your certification is email and/or the CRIS-CE.com website. You agree to keep your email address current in the CRIS Learning Center and to periodically check the CRIS-CE.com website for announcements concerning your certification.

  14. You specifically grant IRMI and WebCE permission to send you emails informing you of the status of your certification, new CRIS course offerings, approval of seminars and conferences for CRIS CE credit, and other important information regarding your certification. Except as respects official notices concerning your certification and the CRIS program, this agreement does not override our privacy statement, which protects you from other uses of your contact information.

  15. You acknowledge International Risk Management Institute's sole ownership of the CRIS certification, and all associated goodwill, and that IRMI retains all right, title, and interest in and to the trademark. You will not use the CRIS certification in any manner that will diminish or otherwise damage our goodwill in the CRIS certification. You will not adopt, use, or register any corporate name, trade name, trademark, domain name, service mark or certification mark, or other designation or certification that violates IRMI's rights in the CRIS certification. IRMI shall have the sole right to, and in its sole discretion may control any action concerning the display of the CRIS trademark.

  16. You agree that, except when indicated otherwise in the course, the copyrights to all CRIS courses are the property of International Risk Management Institute, Inc., and that you will not contest the validity or ownership of the copyrights to any CRIS courses.

  17. You agree that IRMI may change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting the changes on the CRIS-CE.com website and emailing a notice that they have been changed to the email address you have on record with us in the CRIS Learning Center.

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