Certified Workers' Compensation Professional

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

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Who should attend

  • Workers' Compensation Managers
  • Claims Adjustors
  • Case Managers
  • Environmental Health and Safety Managers
  • Compensation and Benefits Professionals
  • Occupational Health Nurses
  • Insurance Agents and Adjustors
  • And more...

About the course

NATIONALLY FOCUSED CERTIFICATION FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION PROFESSIONALS FROM MICHIGAN STATE

As a workers' compensation professional, you need specialized knowledge and skills in many diverse areas, including law, claims handling, disability management, safety, and medicine. The more versatile and knowledgeable you are as a professional, the more value and opportunity you create for yourself and your organization.

Michigan State University is the premier provider of professional education and certification in the area of workers' compensation. This program uses an innovative, hands-on and practical approach that prepares you to develop and implement a comprehensive set of skills as a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP).

The learning environment

Attendance at each seminar will be limited to about 30. The relaxed class atmosphere stimulates participants to learn from each other as well as from the instructor. At times, attendees will break into small groups to work on problems or exercises and to discuss issues. Courses are designed to allow individuals to raise questions and get answers.

Examinations

Attendees take examinations to evaluate their knowledge and proficiency. The take-home exams are available online and due two weeks after the class. Applicants will also be evaluated on their participation in certain activities during the seminar.

SAMPLE AGENDA

Module One: Principles of Disability Law

Basic principles of state workers’ compensation laws

Module Two: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Other Disability Laws

Federal employment legislation that affects workers' compensation policies and practices

Module Three: Claims Management

  • Steps for managing a claim from beginning to end
  • The procedures for handling routine claims
  • Problem issues including litigation, settlements, and attorneys
  • Useful handouts provided for workplace use, including checklists and forms

Module Four: Insurance & Self-Insurance

Insurance and self–insurance, the various alternatives, and their advantages and disadvantages.

Module Five: Safety, Disability Prevention & Management Issues

  • Latest strategies for preventing injuries
  • Disability prevention now involves the entire structure of a business including the following: wellness, employee selection practices, fraud prevention, and most important of all, management commitment
  • Early return–to–work is one of the most successful strategies employers can use in dealing with workers' compensation

Module Six: Medical Issues

  • Basic overview of the medical issues related to workers’ compensation
  • Learn how to review medical reports, recognize certain diagnoses, and develop skills for dealing with doctors and other healthcare providers
  • You'll even witness a live demonstration of a back exam by an occupational medicine physician

WHY CERTIFY

Earning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected programs in the country, demonstrates mastery of content and commitment to the field of workers' compensation. Mastery of course content will be evaluated via an online examination.

When you successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass the comprehensive examination, you will be recognized by Michigan State University as a Certified Workers' Compensation Professional. You are then entitled to use the designation CWCP.

To earn certification, participants must attend all 5 days of the program and pass the examination.

THE CWCP DESIGNATION

When you successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass a comprehensive examination, you will be recognized by Michigan State University as a Certified Workers' Compensation Professional. You are then entitled to use the designation CWCP after your name.

Certification is only given to those who attend the entire program and pass all examinations. They will be notified four to six weeks after the seminar by letter and will receive a certificate.

Earn Recertification Credit Hours

This program has been approved for 28.25 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

This program is also approved for 28 hours towards our HR Executive Education Continuing Education/Recertification credit hours, which will fulfill the two year continuing education credit hour requirements needed for recertification.

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John Bernick

John J. Bernick, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Michigan Occupational Health Associates, a clinical occupational medicine practice, and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. He received his BS and MS in microbiology at Wayne State University. Prior to receiving his MD from Wayne ...

Steven Pollok

Steven J. Pollok, JD, is president and senior partner of Rapaport, Pollok, Farrell & Waldron, P.C. of Lansing, Michigan. He has specialized in practicing workers' compensation law for almost 30 years as a claimant's attorney. He has also taught workers' compensation law as an adjunct professo...

Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders, JD, is a partner and serves as firm president at Foster, Swift, Collins and Swift, PC in Lansing Michigan. For the past 36 years, Mike has devoted his law practice to the defense of employers, third party administrators and insurance companies in the workers' compensation arena. ...

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