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Specialized curriculum focusing on the insurance and risk management needs of construction projects and contractors

CFMA Endorsed:

The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) has endorsed CRIS as a certification its member contractors could consider when selecting an agent or broker.  The CFMA also refers its contractor membersto the CRIS Directory of Agents/Brokers who are current with the CRIS certification.

Who is the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI):

With a focus on this industry for more than 26 years, IRMI has established itself as the authority on construction risk management and insurance. IRMI is the publisher of Construction Risk Management, Contractual Risk Transfer, and many other books on construction risk and insurance issues, and it sponsors the IRMI Construction Risk Conference and other construction risk and insurance seminars.

EDUCATION / CRIS______________________________________________________________ 

                 CRIS CLASSES


CRIS - Construction Risk & Insurance Specialist


To obtain the CRIS designation:

  - complete 5 specialized courses on construction risks and insurance - can be taken in any order
  - pass an online test after each class*
  - you have 60 months to complete the CRIS designation once you start the program

* Online testing is available when the student is ready, allowing additional study time after the course. There is also an online review test for each exam, comprised of approximately 25 multiple-choice questions. The review test is meant to prepare the student for the exam and is not in addition to or replacement of the final exam. Those students not seeking the designation are NOT required to test.

Complete all 5 CRIS courses, in any order: 

  1. Commercial Liability Insurance for Contractors—This course will examine each of the three coverage parts of the commercial general liability (CGL) policy-bodily injury and property damage (Coverage A), personal and advertising injury (Coverage B), and medical payments (Coverage C).
  2. Contractual Risk Transfer in Construction—This course provides a general overview of contractual risk transfer in construction contracts and subcontracts, with specific attention to those provisions that present risk and insurance implications for contractors. Reviews the structure of construction contracting relationships and the key provisions in which responsibilities and liabilities are allocated to the contracting parties, and suggests methods to equitably allocate these liabilities.
  3. Commercial Auto, Surety, CIPS & Miscellaneous Lines—This course provides an overview of various additional coverage needs of many contractors, including auto liability, professional liability, pollution liability, employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, fiduciary liability insurance, and surety bonds.
  4. Property Insurance for Contractors—This course examines the coverage provided by three types of property insurance policies: commercial property policies, builders risk policies, and contractors’ equipment policies.
  5. Workers Compensation for Contractors—This course begins with an introduction to workers compensation, including who is covered and under what circumstances and the various parts of the policy are explained in detail.

Reaccreditation Requirement: 

When you obtain the CRIS certification, it is valid for 24 months. To maintain the CRIS certification, you obtain only 7 hours of approved construction risk and insurance continuing education credit every 12 months thereafter (generally one online course or seminar).
















  • Credibility & More Sales 
  • Agent/Broker Directory Listing 
  • Arrange superior insurance programs
  • Career Advancement

Who Should Take This Program?

Anyone who designs, sells, buys, or underwrites construction insurance programs should consider taking the CRIS program.

  • 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

This five-part CRIS program is in partnership with the International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI).
For more information on the CRIS program contact Kristina Preisner at kpreisner@iiav.com 



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