FAQ

1. How did the Designation Program get started?

National Underwriter has long been recognized as the industry’s most authoritative coverage expert. FC&S Expert Coverage Interpretation, Coverage Guide Series and other publications are relied upon through the industry to check coverage knowledge, by insurers, claims people, producers and more. After all, coverage is what we sell and service. The Coverage Specialist designation programs were born of a desire to provide a way for dedicated professionals to grow their expertise with the key lines of business in both personal and commercial lines. Whether new to the industry or seasoned professional, coverage is a topic that is constantly in flux, requiring a deep level of expertise.

2. What qualifications do I need to participate in the Designation Programs?

One of the following qualifications is recommended for an individual to be eligible for either the Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) program or the Personal Lines Coverage Specialist (PLCS) program, or the Small Business Coverage Specialist(SBCS) Program.

  • Licensed agent, broker, adjuster, CSR or solicitor
  • At least one year of full-time experience in the insurance industry or as a risk management practitioner
  • Successful completion of the required course of studies through an academic institution authorized to confer CLCS, PLCS and SBCS designations.
3. Can I earn additional Continuing Education credits for these courses?

Call 1-800-543-0847 or email [email protected] before taking your first exam.

Students must pass the CE exam associated with the Coverage Guide or ELearning with a 70% or higher score. A student must purchase an additional CE exam for $25 if the minimum passing grade is not achieved. CE Exam instructions will be provided for you during your exam. Read, follow all instructions and print out a copy to reference. CE Exams are available in Print and Online format.

4. What do I do once I have purchased and completed all requirements of the program?

Once you are finished taking the exam, select the option to have exam results emailed to you to save for your records. When you have achieved a passing score on each of the exams in the CLCS, PLCS or SBCS program with a score of 70% or higher, log in to www.CoverageSpecialist.com, Login, click on the Status link, and email the Request for Certificate form to: Leslie Webster at [email protected]

You should receive your certificate within 2 weeks of submitting your completed form.

5. What additional benefits do I receive once I have completed the program?

Designees will receive an official certificate and a congratulatory letter inviting them to take advantage of benefits accorded only to program graduates:

  • Three months free access to the Online edition of the FC&S Bulletins
  • One year free subscription to National Underwriter: Property & Casualty magazine
  • Special discounts on NUCO titles available only to program graduates.
6. How many exam retakes am I allowed?

You must receive a 70% or better score on your designation exam to earn the designation. If you do not receive a passing score on the exam contact Customer Service at 800-543-0874 or email [email protected] regarding your options and possible fees for your retake.