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Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®)

MAIA offers a FIVE-PART Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist designation program (CRIS®) in partnership with International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI®).

About the CRIS® Program
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. To obtain the CRIS certification, you complete 5 specialized courses on construction risks and insurance and then pass the corresponding on-line examination. After successfully passing all parts of the CRIS curriculum (with a minimum of 70% per exam) the student is awarded the designation.  

Who Should Take 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
  • 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® Certification Establishes Credibility and Dedication
The insurance needs of contractors are quite complex, and insurance generalists frequently make errors in designing programs for their clients. The CRIS program was developed by IRMI in response to concerns expressed by many contractors. Completing the CRIS curriculum will assure that the agent, broker, consultant, or in-house risk manager or insurance purchaser understands the most important insurance needs of contractors. The program also establishes the individual's commitment to the construction industry with a mandatory continuing education component focusing on construction risk and insurance. When dealing with a holder of the CRIS certification, a contractor will know that this person possesses at least a basic-to-intermediate understanding of construction exposures, insurance, and risk management techniques, and that the person is making an effort to stay on top of insurance industry changes and trends affecting contractors.

CRIS®
Re-Accreditation

Once you earn the right to use the CRIS certification you must engage in an ongoing continuing education process to maintain it.  This involves a full day (such as 9:00-4:00) class of approved construction risk and insurance continuing education credit during the 24 months following initial receipt of the certification and every 12 months thereafter. You may obtain this CE credit by attending approved CRIS courses or conferences or completing online CRIS courses.

Additional Insured Issues and Design Build Risk are STAND ALONE COURSES and are NOT part of the CRIS core program. However, both can be used as an update for those designees who want to achieve their CRIS Re-Accreditation (scroll down for class dates/locations).

Agent/Broker Directory Listing

Retail insurance agents and brokers may elect to have their name, firm, and phone number included in the directory of CRIS construction insurance agents and brokers. This is a free listing in a directory being promoted to contractors as a source for insurance professionals who are focused on the construction industry.
TUITION: $195.00 / member
with pdf manual
$295.00 / non-member
with pdf manual
$205.00 / member
with hard copy manual
$305.00 / non-member
with hard copy manual
If you work for a Massachusetts employer and are a member of MAIA, you can apply for Massachusetts Workforce Training Funds to pay for your CRIS Designation.
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REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m.
CLASS TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Questions & Answers on the CRIS® Program

Photo ID: You must present a photo ID to the registrar at all program locations.

Cancellation Policy: There will be a $105.00 penalty fee if we are not notified in advance of 14 business days of the scheduled CRIS class. Failure to cancel will result in loss of full registration fee.

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We've implemented a secure system for registration and now only accept credit cards for web registrations.



      
REGISTER BY PHONE:
800-742-6363
800-742-6363
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CRIS® - Commercial Auto, Surety, CIPs, and Miscellaneous Lines
This course reviews the various types of insurance often needed by contractors that are not covered in the other core courses. This includes auto liability and physical damage, professional liability, pollution liability, employment practices liability, and directors and officers liability insurance. It also provides a basic review of claims-made and occurrence coverage triggers, wrap-up or controlled insurance programs (CIPs), and surety bonds.


DATE  GL NUMBER CLASS NAME CITY CEUs
11/14/17 251304 CRIS- Commercial Auto, Surety, CIPs,Misc. Lines Milford, MA 7
CEU Key:
S- Massachusetts CE credits applied for

The State of New Hampshire charges $7.00 for CE for the CRIS classes.  If you need New Hampshire CE, 
please make your check payable to IIABNH for $7.00 and bring it with you on the day of the CRIS class.


CRIS® - Commercial Liability Insurance for Contractors
This course provides a general overview of standard commercial general liability insurance and umbrella liability insurance, with specific attention to provisions that most affect coverage or create problems for some or all contractors. It covers elements required to trigger coverage, application of standard policy exclusions, and various standard endorsements, all within a construction context. Suggestions for modifying coverage to address potential coverage gaps and other problematic provisions are provided where appropriate.


DATE  GL NUMBER CLASS NAME CITY CEUs
9/12/17 251312 CRIS- Commercial Liability Insurance for Contractors Milford, MA 7

CEU Key:
S- Massachusetts CE credits applied for

The State of New Hampshire charges $7.00 for CE for the CRIS classes.  If you need New Hampshire CE, 
please make your check payable to IIABNH for $7.00 and bring it with you on the day of the CRIS class.


CRIS® - Contractual Risk Transfer in Construction
This course reviews the ways in which risk is allocated in construction contracts. In addition to a technical review of the types of techniques available, this course examines strategies for maximizing the effectiveness of risk transfers in construction contracts. Topics include indemnification provisions, waivers of subrogation, limitations of liability, insurance requirements, and some of the key areas of risk allocation in standard construction contracts. Tips for writing and negotiating fair and effective insurance requirements are provided where appropriate, as well as for verifying compliance with these requirements.


DATE  GL NUMBER CLASS NAME CITY CEUs
11/9/17 251306 CRIS- Contractual Risk Transfer in Construction Concord, NH 7
CEU Key:
S- Massachusetts CE credits applied for

The State of New Hampshire charges $7.00 for CE for the CRIS classes.  If you need New Hampshire CE, 
please make your check payable to IIABNH for $7.00 and bring it with you on the day of the CRIS class.


CRIS® - Property Insurance for Contractors
This course focuses on builders risk and contractors equipment insurance, including suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of the coverages. It also includes a review of important concepts with respect to insuring the contractor's office or other permanent property. Topics include covered and excluded property, covered and excluded perils, covered parties, and alternative methods of reporting covered values. Various policy provisions that impact the scope of coverage – such as subrogation, occupancy, and cancellation – are also examined. Suggestions for modifying coverage to address potential coverage gaps and other problematic provisions are provided where appropriate.


DATE  GL NUMBER CLASS NAME CITY CEUs
10/3/17 251308 CRIS- Property Insurance for Contractors Concord, NH 7
CEU Key:
S- Massachusetts CE credits applied for

The State of New Hampshire charges $7.00 for CE for the CRIS classes.  If you need New Hampshire CE, 
please make your check payable to IIABNH for $7.00 and bring it with you on the day of the CRIS class.


CRIS® - Workers Compensation for Contractors
This course provides a general overview of standard workers compensation and employers liability insurance, with specific attention to provisions that most affect coverage or create problems for some or all contractors. In addition to the standard policy provisions, key statutes that impact contractors workers compensation exposure and costs, such as independent contractor liability, employee leasing, overtime pay, and various federal acts, are also addressed. Suggestions for modifying coverage to address potential coverage gaps and other problematic provisions are provided where appropriate.

Finished for 2017 - Call Association Education at 1-800-742-6363 for future scheduling.


Additional Insured Issues
This course provides an introduction to important risk management and insurance concepts for all contracting parties to a construction project. It provides an overview of the ways in which insured status under another party’s insurance program can be used as a risk transfer technique and examines in detail the terms and conditions on which insured status is provided in all the major lines of construction insurance. While other lines are also addressed, particular emphasis is placed on additional insured status under general liability insurance, since that is where the most important contractual risk transfers are located.

This course is a STAND ALONE course and is not part of the CRIS Core curriculum; however, it can be used to update the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation.


Class Topics:
  • Endorsement Language used to make owners, contractors, subcontractors, lessors, and design professionals insureds under another entity’s CGL policy
  • Coverage issues such as “other insurance” concerns
  • Revisions to the most widely used CGL additional insured endorsements
  • Problematic coverage exposures such as completed operations and third-party-over suits
  • Relevant case law interpreting the language under which additional insured status is provided

DATE  GL NUMBER CLASS NAME CITY CEUs
9/13/17 251314 Additional Insured Issues Concord, NH 8

CEU Key:
S- Massachusetts CE credits applied for

The State of New Hampshire charges $8.00 for CE for the CRIS classes.  If you need New Hampshire CE, 
please make your check payable to IIABNH for $8.00 and bring it with you on the day of the CRIS class.


Design Build Risk
Design Build Risk is a STAND ALONE course and is not part of the CRIS Core curriculum; however, it can be used to update the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation.

Class Topics:
  • Introduction to Design-Build Construction
  • Identifying Design-Build Risks
  • Chapter 4 Indemnity, Insurance Requirements, and Limitations of Liability
  • Coverage for Professional Services in Traditional Insurance Policies
  • Contractors Professional Liability Insurance
  • Architects and Engineers Professional Liability Insurance
  • Training the Project Team
  • Bonding Design-Build Projects

DATE  GL NUMBER CLASS NAME CITY CEUs
10/16/17 251316 Design Build Risk Milford, MA 6
CEU Key:
S- Massachusetts CE credits applied for

The State of New Hampshire charges $7.00 for CE for the CRIS classes.  If you need New Hampshire CE, 
please make your check payable to IIABNH for $7.00 and bring it with you on the day of the CRIS class.



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