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Board of Directors
Lorie Dove/Chairperson
Commercial Risk Management, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Melanie Stanisic/President

Jackie Hilston/Vice President
The Zenith Insurance Company
Sarasota, FL

Denice Ferencak/Secretary
Walt Disney World Resort
Kissimmee, FL

Tom Chasser/Treasurer
Travelers Insurance Company
Orlando, FL

Victor Marrero/Director at Large
Seminole Tribe
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bob O'Halloran/Director at Large
Summit Consulting, LLC
Lakeland, FL

Executive Director
Stacy Hosman
Hosman & Associates, Inc.
Dade City, FL




Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates Decrease By 5.2% in 2015, Down by More than 57% Since the 2003 Reforms
Article by, Rafael Gonzalez,Vice President, Strategic Solutions Settlement Solutions

2015 Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum
April 9-10, 2015
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd
ChampionsGate, Florida  33896

The Annual Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum is a must attend conference for the Florida practitioner, claims professional, supervisor, manager, risk manager and executive interested in advancing their depth of knowledge and understanding of the Florida workers’ compensation litigation environment.

This comprehensive two day continuing legal and adjuster education seminar is highly recommended for practitioners wishing to obtain their Workers’ Compensation Board Certification and essential for WCCP Board Certified Claims Professionals who have already earned their "CWC” and are seeking their advanced "CWCL” designation. For more information and to register, click the link below.

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2014 - 2015 Board Certification Program
December 9, 2014 - March 5, 2015
Courtyard Marriott Lake Buena Vista
8623 Vineland Avenue
Orlando, Florida  32821

Florida’s Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP), a premier institution for the delivery of workers' compensation continuing education and professional development, presents the Advanced Workers ‘Compensation Board Certification Program.

This advanced certification program provides the opportunity for students to earn the “CWC” (Certified in Workers’ Compensation) professional designation. The program includes ten (10) live presentation courses, all of which delves into advanced concepts of insurance, law, and occupational injury.

Eligible participants include licensed adjusters, nurse case managers, risk and personnel managers, and safety and human resource professionals. Eligibility requirements include 3 or more years of experience handling, managing or overseeing workers’ compensation claims, and 50% of current responsibility devoted to Florida workers’ compensation.

Since its inception in 1993, the Board Cert program has turned out more than 1,500 workers’ compensation claims professionals, all of whom proudly wear the “CWC” designation in recognition of their commitment to Florida’s workers’ compensation claims environment.  Board Certification is a statement these professionals make to themselves, to management, and to their peers, of the knowledge, expertise and dedication they possess as a workers’ compensation claims professional.

Courses are offered once a month for four months in various locations across Florida, based on demand. Two courses per day are held from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., according to a published schedule. After each class students take an online exam and must pass with at least a 70% passing score to secure Certification and the right to display the “CWC” designation.

For a description of the program and requirements, continue reading below.  For schedule of dates, times and locations, refer to the WCCP calendar events page.  Details on individual classes and an application for admission are all included there.

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5-Hour Law and Ethics Update

As part of the passing of HB 725 on October 1, 2012, adjusters are now required to complete a mandatory 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update CE Course every 2 years specific to the license held by the licensee. The new law will affect those licensees who began their continuing education cycle on November 1, 2012 and will complete the compliance cycle in October, 2014.

This requirement is directly tied to CE compliance cycles ending 9/30/14 or earlier, and CE compliance cycles ending 10/31/14 or later. The licensees compliance period begins with the end of your birth month following the second anniversary of the first license issuance date, and then biennially thereafter.  In addition to the five-hour course, adjusters will be required to participate in 19- hours of elective credits, approved by the department and focusing on their specific line of insurance.

HB 725: Understanding the Upcoming CE Changes