Certified Workers' Compensation Professional

The open discussion with the trainer and interaction with other participants was very valuable and provided additional learning and management strategies.
D. Knight, Bureau of Workers' Compensation


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).

Who becomes a CWCP?

  • 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...

Public or private, large or small, if your organization has employees, you need to know how to manage workers' compensation costs and claims.

Organizations benefiting from CWCPs

Montana State Fund Pepsi Co. Stryker Aon
MSU City of Plymouth City of Lansing City of Ann Arbor

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.


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



Module One: Principles of Disability Law

  • The elements and principles of state workers’ compensation laws
  • The four statutory schemes for workers’ compensation

Module Two: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Other Disability Laws

  • Federal employment legislation and other laws that affect workers’ compensation benefits, policies and practice
  • How these laws interact with state workers’ compensation laws

Module Three: Claim Management, Disability Prevention, and Disability Management

  • Steps and best practices for managing basic and complex claims from beginning to end—how to get the best possible result
  • Best practices for management of litigation, settlements, and attorneys
  • Disability prevention including wellness, employee selection practices, fraud prevention, and management climate and culture
  • Best practices for effective return to work programs—mitigating you exposure

Module Four: Insurance and Self-Insurance, the Experience Modification Factor and State Funds

  • Insurance and self-insurance, and the advantages and disadvantages of the various alternatives
  • Calculation and effective management of the experience modification factor for employers
  • The various State Funds and how the employer may use them most advantageously

The CWCP instructors utilize a very interactive approach, and employ an exercise-based teaching style. Throughout the four-day program, the instructors also will be incorporating and discussing the myriad of frequently recurring workers' compensation medical conditions and issues.



Why CertifyEarning 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.


Earn Recertification Credit Hours

Michigan State University SHRLR Executive Education 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.


Steven J. 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 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.

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. Mike is a frequent lecturer and author on workers' compensation issues, and has taught workers compensation law as an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University Law School. He is also a member of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. As an undergraduate at University of Illinois, Mike was Phi Beta Kappa and completed his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in 1980. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1983. For the past decade, Mike has also been teaching the Certified Workers' Compensation Professional Course, the Follow-Up Program and the Forum and Problem Solving Programs.
Programs will be taught by one or more instructors listed above.



Registration fee: $2,795

The registration fee includes:

  • Year-long access to a dedicated website containing a wealth of additional resources
  • A comprehensive set of manuals to take back to your workplace
  • CWCP certification examination and designation
    (Immediately begin using the CWCP designation upon successful completion of the course and examination)
  • Access to Michigan State University's valuable network of Workers' Compensation Professionals
  • Inclusion on our mailing list. If you can't attend and want to be on this list, please email the request to whitekr@msu.edu.

Program times:

Program time Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Lunch break: 12:00 - 1:00pm
* Please note: The 2020 CWCP program has been revised and will now be 4-days long.
** All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4).
August 17-20, 2020 San Diego course offering
August 17-20, 2020
Live interactive program via Zoom
November 9-12, 2020 course offering
November 9-12, 2020
Live interactive program via Zoom
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  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start: 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start: no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program. Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

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 (when programs are in-person) may be requested by contacting Program Coordinator, Kristi White at (517) 355-9592 or whitekr@msu.edu. 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.


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