Certified Workers' Compensation Professional - CWCP

Nationally focused certification for workers' compensation professionals




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).



  • 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.



Montana State Fund
Michigan State University
The City of Plymouth, MI
The City of Lansing, MI
The City of Ann Arbor, MI



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.



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. Certification is achieved by participating in the entire four days of the workshop and passing 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 the examination. They should expect a notification with their certificate via email two- to three-weeks after the completion of the program.


It was great to be able to do these classes online via Zoom. It was nice to do the breakout rooms when possible. Both instructors were very happy to answer any questions or go back to the parts where we had questions. Both instructors were very helpful!

Susan Mireles - Residential and Hospitality Services, Michigan State University



October 21, 23, 28, 30, November 4, 6, 11, & 13, 2024

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays
1:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Live Interactive Program via Zoom





  • This is a 4-week program meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm ET

    • Week 1: Monday, October 21 & Wednesday, October 23, 2024
    • Week 2: Monday, October 28 & Wednesday, October 30, 2024
    • Week 3: Monday, November 4 & Wednesday, November 6, 2024
    • Week 4: Monday, November 11 & Wednesday, November 13, 2024
  • All of our classes include strategies to minimize Zoom fatigue and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.

MSU employee discount available. Please contact Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu for more information.


  • Module 1: Principles of Disability Law

    • The elements and principles of state workers’ compensation laws
    • The four statutory schemes for workers’ compensation
  • Module 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 program, the instructors also will be incorporating and discussing the myriad of frequently recurring workers' compensation medical conditions and issues.

Stacy Hickox

Stacy Hickox, teaches for the Business College at University of Maryland and for the professional development unit of Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources & Labor Relations. Until August 2022, she was an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University, where she taught in both the human resources & labor relations masters program and in the undergraduate human capital & society program. Her research focused on barriers to employment for people with disabilities and a criminal record, as well as ways to address harassment and bullying in the workplace. Stacy has also practiced law with private law firms and Disability Rights Michigan. Stacy attended the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Tony Lemke

Tony Lemke, is a Human Resources Manager who began at Michigan State University in 2006. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree of science in human resources from MSU and a number of professional certifications. He’s been working with MSU’s workers’ compensation and disability plans since 2008 and has been leading the Leaves of Absence area since 2016.


  • Registration closes 2 business days before the start of the program.



  • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.
  • Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date by notifying Kristi White via email at least 5 calendar days in advance of program start date.
  • Cancellation more than 30 calendar days before program start date: full refund.
  • Cancellation 14 – 29 calendar days prior to program start date: 50% cancellation fee, remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation 13 or fewer calendar days prior to program start date: no refund.

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 canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.



This program has been approved for 28 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

Learn more about Recertification


Questions? We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu or Director of Professional Development, Melanie Zaremba at mzaremba@msu.edu.