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FOR RELEASE: Jan. 30, 2008

PIACT, PIANH, PIANJ and PIANY asks agents to ?Think PIA first? for spring education

GLENMONT, N.Y. –The Professional Insurance Agents of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York State are offering insurance professionals an enormous variety of options for developing their professional skills while earning continuing education credits this spring. Although the four-state associations offer year-round CE sessions, a number of courses will be offered this spring.

The associations are hosting a wide range of education programs developed by committees of insurance producers in their respective states. PIA?s education programs are offered through a variety of venues, including classroom seminars, self-study, online courses and teleconferences. Topics are geared toward the experienced agent–offering CE classes to fulfill requirements–as well as to new employees with the aptly named New Employee Orientation online courses.

Highlights for the spring include PIACT?s Annual Convention, March 17-18, 2008, at Foxwoods Resort-Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. Insurance professionals can expect a convention chock full of networking opportunities, chances to earn Connecticut-specific continuing education credits, a bustling trade show and more. Go to www.pia.org, Quick-Link  ED16779  for details.

PIACT offers its twice-yearly Connecticut P/C Pre-Licensing Preparation Course for Connecticut property/casualty licensing candidates, April 14-18, 2008, in Cromwell, Conn. The course is approved by the Connecticut Insurance Department as a prerequisite to the state p/c exam. See www.pia.org and Quick-Link ED16968, to register by the March 3, 2008, deadline.

PIANH and IIABNH will present the first-ever PIANH/IIABNH Joint Education Conference, to be held April 29-30, 2008, at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. The two-day event will offer insurance professionals six different education sessions, which have been submitted for continuing education credits. The event also will feature a CEO/Industry panel with Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny, awards luncheon and a trade show. Go to www.pia.org and enter Quick-Link ED17351, for details.

PIANJ?s 9th Annual March CE Madness is slated for March 12-13, 2008, in Jamesburg, N.J., where participants may earn up to 16 NJCE credits and attend two networking luncheons. Topics include: Commercial Property: Beyond the Basics; Advanced Homeowners 2000: Coverages in Practical Situations; Commercial Property: Claims Scenarios; Advanced HO 2000: Endorsements That You Should Be Using More Often; Flood Insurance; Risk Transfer Tools: Contracts and Additional Insured Endorsements; E&O Protection for CSRs & Producers; Ethics and the Insurance Producer and Commercial Lines Case Studies (emphasis on casualty).  Logon to www.pia.org and use Quick-Link ED16829 to register or for more information.

PIANY?s spring lineup includes the annual Long Island Regional Awareness Program, Thursday, April 10, 2008, at Leonard's, Great Neck, N.Y. A diverse trade show, education opportunities and more await LIRAP 2008 attendees. See www.pia.org and Quick-Link EC10074, for details.

Additionally, PIANY offers many opportunities for agents to meet their New York state CE requirements via courses ranging from Flood to Errors and Omissions to the New York Automobile Insurance Plan Producer Procedures course. See www.pia.org, Quick-Link EC10028 for a complete schedule.

PIACT, PIANJ, PIANY and PIANH (in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents), continue to offer the proven, practical Certified Insurance Service Representatives and Certified Insurance Counselors designation programs, offered to all licensed agents looking to accumulate CE credits and/or update their designations.

PIANJ and PIANY again will offer the national Certified Professional Insurance Agent Designation program in the spring. The CPIA designation aims to fortify independent agents? relationship-building techniques. To earn the CPIA designation, candidates are required to successfully complete all three Insurance Success Seminars: CPIA 1–Position for Success; CPIA 2–Implement for Success; and CPIA 3–Sustain Success. 

The ever-popular PIA Lunch ?n? Learn teleconference series continues this spring with topics that include Commercial Umbrella vs. Excess; Risk Management for the High Profile Personal Lines Account; Writing Condominium Coverage; Homeowners? Policy Beyond the Basics; D&O Insurance?What's All the Fuss?; Coinsurance and Valuation Clause; Collision Damage Waiver vs. Auto Insurance; Valuation; and more. Logon to www.pia.org and use Quick-Link EC10057 for more details.

For those in a time crunch, PIACT, PIANH, PIANJ and PIANY, in conjunction with Learn.net–offer an extensive online library of top-quality, ready-to-use computer-based training and continuing education products via PIA?s e-Training Center. These cost-effective courses are designed for professionals looking for acclimation into the insurance field and experienced agents looking to stay up-to-date with the latest changes to the industry.

Employees who are new to the insurance field will benefit from PIA?s tried and true New Employee Orientation online courses, which cover the basics from Personal Lines Coverage Basics and Commercial Lines Coverage Basics to Delivering Quality Service to the Customer and Employer.
 
PIACT, PIANH, PIANJ and PIANY also offer their Custom Class Education Services to members. Through these customized education programs, insurance agents get specialized knowledge–which is geared towards the hosting agency?s specific needs–on a number of insurance topics without leaving the office. Logon to www.pia.org and type EC10032 in the Quick-Link box for more details.

PIA strives to bring members and nonmembers alike a wide variety of education programs and encourages members to Think PIA first for all of their training and CE needs. For more information on any of the PIACT, PIANH, PIANJ and PIANY CE courses, online programs or education seminars, logon to PIA?s award-winning Web site at www.pia.org or call the Education Department at (800) 424-4244, or e-mail education@pia.org.
 
PIACT, PIANH, PIANJ and PIANY are trade associations representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout the state.

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