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).
Professionals from all parts of the workers' compensation field, including claims handlers, attorneys, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, nurses, therapists, agents, and union representatives will find this workers' compensation training program helpful.
The course is recommended for those employed by individual employers both insured and self-insured, insurance companies, third-party administrators, agents, brokers, and state agencies. Attendees should have experience in some area of workers' compensation and be familiar with workers' compensation law in at least one jurisdiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This program has been approved for 32.5 (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.
The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.
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; and 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.
|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 State University, he attended the University of Michigan where he completed a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Bernick is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.|
|Jeff Biddle, PhD, serves as Associate Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Economics at MSU. A specialist in labor economics, he has for several years taught undergraduate courses on the economic aspects of government programs for workers, including workers' compensation. Dr. Biddle is an instructor for Certified Workers' Compensation Professional.|
|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 professor at Thomas Cooley Law School since 1992. Steve has lectured frequently on numerous topics involving workers' compensation issues to unions, management representatives, and attorneys. Steve has a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and also a master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1977. Mr. Pollok is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.|
|M. Melissa Moon, MD, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and works near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in general adult rehabilitation, IMEs, and musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Moon is an instructor for Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional.
|Michael Sanders, JD, serves as President at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C., and devotes his law practice to the defense of employers, third party administrators, and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation matters. Mr. Sanders teaches Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional, Follow-Up Program for Certified Workers' Compensation Professionals, and Forum and Problem Solving for the Workers’ Compensation Professional.|
The seminar fee includes:
|Registration & continental breakfast:||8:00 - 8:30am|
|Program time Monday - Thursday:||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Program time Friday:||8:30am - 12:00pm|
|Networking lunch each day:||12:00 - 1:00pm|
|March 6-10, 2017||Lake Buena Vista, Florida
|May 1-5, 2017||East Lansing, Michigan
|July 24-28, 2017||Alexandria, Virginia
|September 18-22, 2017||San Diego, CA
|November 6-10, 2017||Location TBD|
Human Resources Executive Education
School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
South Kedzie Hall
368 Farm Lane, Room S423
East Lansing, MI 48824
MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.
Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling HR Executive Education at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.