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.

To earn certification, participants must attend all 4 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 the examination. They should expect a notification with their certificate via email two- to three-weeks after the completion of the program.



NOTE: Due to the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19, we are temporarily reducing the number of continuing education credits required for recertification to 14 credits. This reduction applies to recertifications that are due in December 2022.

This program has been approved for 28 continuing education credit hours towards our Professional Development Program recertification, which will fulfill the two-year credit hour requirement needed for recertification.


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



Monday, October 4, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021

8:30am - 4:30pm ET

Live Interactive Program via Zoom



All of our classes include strategies to minimize Zoom fatigue and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.


  • 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.

Stacy Hickox

Stacy Hickox, JD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SHRLR. Ms. Hickox also taught for several years at MSU's law school, including courses in employment law, civil rights, and disability law. Stacy has written a book on the Americans with Disabilities Act and several law review articles on various aspects of employment law. Her current research focuses on the employment of ex-offenders, including potential claims for adverse impact and negligent hiring liability.

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 24-hours before the start of the program.



  • Certification is only given to those who attend the entire program and pass the examination.




    • Cancellation more than three weeks prior to the program start date: full refund.
    • Cancellation two weeks prior to the program start date: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
    • Cancellation after program materials have been posted/provided to participants (normally 2 days prior to program start date): no refund.
    • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.

    • 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 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.


  • 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.



  • We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this training program. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu.



  • You can bring this program on-site for your team or virtually through Zoom. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by bringing this and other programs to you.