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The Griffith Foundation offers assistance to governmental bodies and other policymaker organizations on the development and presentation of risk management and insurance education programs.

Our most recent development program was The Institute for Insurance Policy, created for the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) and introduced in 2008. This is a knowledge certification program for NCOIL member legislators on risk management and insurance.


The NCOIL Institute: An Overview

The NCOIL Institute for Insurance Policy, was created by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators to help NCOIL member legislators better understand the principles underlying today’s dynamic risk management and insurance issues.

The NCOIL Institute for Insurance Policy is a professional certification program available only to NCOIL member state legislators.  The curriculum is designed to provide state legislators the background they need to make better-informed public policy decisions on insurance and insurance-related issues.

The Institute provides educational courses, workshops, presentations, and panel discussions on the basic principles of risk management, how the insurance mechanism works, and how risk management principles can be applied to current risk and insurance issues.  The Institute is open to all NCOIL contributing member legislators and is free-of-charge.  Courses are offered at stand alone seminars held periodically at various locations and at each of NCOIL’s three meetings throughout the year.

The Griffith Foundation provides the faculty, all distinguished professors of risk management and insurance, and content for the Institutes basic principles courses and current topics workshops. Professors provide an academic’s viewpoint at NCOIL’s general session panel discussions.


The NCOIL Institute Accreditation Process

By attending a specified number of courses, presentations and panel discussions at NCOIL meetings and seminars, NCOIL member legislators can earn an “Associate” (AIP) or “Chartered” (CIP) insurance policymaker certification.  While any NCOIL member may attend any of the courses, presentations and panels, in order to pursue an “Associate” or “Chartered” certification they must complete a specified series of courses.

Specific core courses must be taken for each certification. Electives are offered to supplement core courses and to address current topics.


The NCOIL Institute Curriculum

The Basic Principles Series: Introductory (Core) Courses

  • Risk Management Concepts and the Principles of Insurance
  • Property and Liability Risks: Protecting Our Assets
  • Life Insurance, Health Insurance and Employee Benefits: Protecting Our Families Future
  • The Business of Insurance: How Insurance Companies and Markets Work
  • Risk Management & Public Policy: Public Policymakers as Risk Managers

Current Topics Series: Issue Specific Workshops

Each current topics luncheon workshop conducted at NCOIL meetings provides one credit toward an NCOIL certification (e.g., the International Regulation Workshop in November 2011, the Flood Insurance Workshop in November 2012, the Distracted Driving Workshop in July 2013 and the Hospitals and Healthcare Reform Workshop in March 2013).


Associate Insurance Policymaker (AIP) Certification

To become an Associate Insurance Policymaker, participants must complete one insurance seminar and two NCOIL legislator luncheon special topic workshops.


Chartered Insurance Policymaker (CIP) Certification

To become a Chartered Insurance Policymaker, participants must complete one insurance seminar and six NCOIL legislator luncheon special topic workshops.


Certifications Awarded at the NCOIL Annual Meeting

Upon completion of the required courses, participants would be honored at a recognition ceremony at an NCOIL meeting and receive their certificate and the Institute’s approval to use the AIP or CIP designation.