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Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS)

Earning your Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS®) certification shows your clients that you are their source for all aspects of management liability, including D&O, EPL, cyber, and fiduciary liability insurance.

The MLIS certification showcases your specialized expertise in the fundamentals of professional liability insurance and the more specific nuances of directors and officers (D&O) liability, employment practices liability (EPL), and fiduciary liability exposures and insurance. The MLIS certification will help you stand out from the competition by understanding these specialized lines often called "management liability" or "executive liability" insurance.

Verify Your Expertise with the MLIS Digital Badge

Share your achievement and provide verification of your specialized knowledge with an IRMI Certification Digital Badge. IRMI has partnered with Credly Acclaim, the largest and most-connected digital credential network with best-in-class security and privacy features. After earning your credentials, you can display your digital badge on your LinkedIn profile, in your email signature, and on a variety of social media and digital platforms.

MLIS Digital Badge

$134 per course

At only $134 each, you can take all five core courses and earn the MLIS certification for only $670!

Insurance CE Credit available for $16 more

Discounts Available

  • 10% off for IAIP Members
  • 10% off for RIMS Members
  • Special Rates for Groups of 50+

IRMI Certification Directory

Need another reason to earn your MLIS certification? 

Once you earn your certification, you will appear in the IRMI Certification Directory—a powerful online tool that allows insurance buyers or employers to find someone with specialized risk management expertise by certification, location, or name—providing maximum exposure for the credentials you’ve earned.

The Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS®) program is composed of a specialized curriculum focused specifically on directors and officers (D&O) liability, employment practices liability (EPL), and fiduciary liability insurance.

Those who complete the program are then entitled to display the MLIS certification to certify their knowledge of management liability insurance and risk management. The program is designed specifically for retail insurance agents and brokers and risk managers but will also be useful to surplus lines brokers and underwriters.

To obtain the MLIS certification, you must complete the five core courses. The entire curriculum is delivered online through a user-friendly interface. 

Once you have completed the required courses, your MLIS certification will be active for a period of one year (12 months).  During the 12 months following your initial receipt of the MLIS certification and every 12 months thereafter, you will be required to obtain 6 hours of approved professional and management liability insurance continuing education credit to keep your credentials in good standing.

MLIS Establishes Credibility

Management liability exposures and coverages are quite complex, and insurance generalists frequently make errors in designing programs for their clients. Thus, IRMI developed the MLIS program in response to concerns expressed by clients about the difficulty of determining whether their insurance agents, brokers, and other risk advisers have the specialized knowledge necessary to properly design and arrange their insurance programs. Completing the MLIS curriculum will ensure that the agent, broker, consultant, or in-house risk manager or insurance buyer understands the most important aspects of professional and management liability. The program also establishes the individual's commitment to the industry with a mandatory continuing education component focusing on professional and management liability insurance. When dealing with a holder of the MLIS certification, a buyer will know that this person possesses at least a basic-to-intermediate understanding of management liability exposures, insurance, and risk management techniques and that the person is making an effort to stay on top of relevant insurance industry changes and trends.

With the MLIS certification behind your name, you make a statement that you understand the complexities of D&O, EPL, fiduciary, and many other professional liability risks and how to insure them.

Once certified, you will appear in the IRMI Certification Directory—a powerful online tool allows insurance buyers or employers to find someone with specialized risk management expertise by certification, location, or name—providing maximum exposure for the credentials you’ve earned.

More Sales
Retail insurance agents and brokers will parlay their work on the MLIS program into more sales of lucrative D&O, errors and omissions (E&O), and professional liability insurance lines. You will gain confidence, competence, and credibility.

Reduce Errors
Knowledge gained from the MLIS courses will help you eliminate dangerous coverage gaps and provide better protection for your clients.

Career Advancement
The specialized knowledge and credibility you gain from the MLIS program will make you a more valuable employee and help you achieve your career goals.

CE Credit
With MLIS, you can simultaneously get convenient state insurance CE credit, add new capabilities to your skill set, and obtain an insurance industry certification at a surprisingly low cost and requiring no time away from the office!

Anyone who designs, sells, buys, litigates, or underwrites D&O, fiduciary, or EPL insurance should consider taking the MLIS program. You should strongly consider taking the MLIS continuing education program if you are a:

  • Retail insurance agent or broker
  • Risk manager or insurance manager
  • Risk and insurance consultant

Additionally, surplus lines brokers and management liability underwriters, particularly those new to professional or management liability insurance, may benefit from this educational program.

Ten Percent Discount

As a member of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP) 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 an IAIP member, simply enter H268907 when asked for your special promotion code upon checkout. And if you are a RIMS member, enter B352233. All IAIP and RIMS orders will be checked against the membership lists, so please do not claim one of the discounts unless it applies to you. The MLIS program becomes even more economical if you bulk order the courses. Discounts apply to orders of 50 or more courses. You can purchase them on behalf of your colleagues or your clients. Insurers may wish to purchase them as a benefit for their top agents. We can prepare custom vouchers with your logo to use as gifts for your staff, preferred agents, or clients at no additional cost! For more information, phone us toll free at (800) 827-4242 (in Dallas 972-960-7693) and ask for IRMI Client Services.

Meet the RIMS Fellows Requirements

Completing the MLIS 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 MLIS 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.

Getting Your MLIS Certification Is Easy!

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Required Courses

There are five required courses to earn the MLIS certification, which focus specifically on D&O, EPL, and fiduciary liability exposures and insurance.

  • Cyber and Privacy Liability Exposures and How to Insure Them
  • EPL: Understanding the Exposures and Insurance Coverage
  • Fiduciary Liability: What You Need to Know About Exposures and Insurance
  • How to Insure D&O Liabilities
  • Understanding D&O Exposures

Completing the core curriculum qualifies you to use the MLIS certification for 12 months. To maintain the certification, the MLIS certification-holder must complete only 6 hours of approved professional or management liability insurance continuing education credit every 12 months.

Learn More about the terms and conditions for using your MLIS certification.

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Reaccreditation Courses

To keep your MLIS certification in good standing, you must complete 6 hours of MLIS CE credit every 12 months. You can take an online reaccreditation course or attend an approved educational event.

Take advantage of our reciprocity discount program to earn additional credentials, renew your certification, and save money. Learn how on our FAQ page and start earning multiple certifications today.

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