Make This the Year You Invest in Yourself!

With the start of a new year, this is the time to invest in your professional development and PLUS offers several on demand educational opportunities that let you learn whenever you have the time. With so many things to balance in our everyday life, on demand education can be a great way to invest in your career as your schedule allows.

Did you know that PLUS offers a certificate program with different focus areas? Just this month, PLUS has added the Certificate in Cyber Liability to this program and you can find more information about that and the other PLUS certificates here: https://plusweb.org/Education/Certificates. PLUS certificates are a great way to learn more about a specialty area and as a bonus, the modules completed to earn your certificate also help you on your way to earning your RPLU designation.

The PLUS Education team is here to help so I encourage you to reach out should you have any questions.

Happy Learning!

Cyber University and More: PLUS’s Virtual Education

Successful Turnout at PLUS 2020 Cyber University

Last week, over 100 PLUS members attended PLUS’s virtual Cyber University. While this event has been held in-person in previous years, this year’s Cyber University was part of PLUS’s 2020 plan to provide virtual education to broader audience. Attendance for Cyber U doubled this year, and the staff at PLUS is proud to provide quality education in virtual space, especially in light of current circumstances.

This is the third year of PLUS Cyber University and registrants attended six live sessions over three days.  “The program content is incredibly strong, so the focus was on how to take an in-person event and continue to make it meaningful as a virtual one,” said Megan Moore, Director of Education and Professional Development at PLUS. Topics included: legal foundations, evolution of cyber coverage, interplay among lines, underwriting, breach responses, 1st and 3rd party claims, risk management, and breach scenarios. Moore added, “As we transfer this program to virtual, we made sure to include opportunities for attendees to reflect on what they’ve learned and apply it to their own experience as well as connect with each other outside of the session.”

Continuing to Provide Remote Education

PLUS is continuing to expand its virtual education offerings for all members. In May alone there are three top-notch webinars on a variety of professional liability topics, from the Sciabacucchi court case decision, to resolving D&O disputes virtually, to social distancing and telehealth.  Additionally, on-demand presentations from the virtual Healthcare and Medical Professional Liability Symposium are available to view, as well as Online eLearning modules for the RPLU program available to purchase. You can work through module content at your own pace, and even complete the exam entirely online!

“Over the last few years, we have been ramping up our ability to provide online and virtual education,” said Robbie Thompson, CEO of PLUS. “While PLUS will always offer outstanding in-person networking and education events, we knew that focusing on other ways members can also get professional development was critical to PLUS continuing to serve the professional liability industry.” From webinars, to the RPLU online eLearning modules, to webinar, to in-person events moved to virtual like Cyber University, PLUS is working to make education accessible no matter the circumstances.

PLUS Membership for the Win

Membership is an important aspect of PLUS, and PLUS staff has been working tirelessly (and remotely!) to provide new ways to engage members virtually.  If you are a PLUS member, you can register for any or all of the May webinars for free! If you aren’t a member yet, become one now to register for webinars, gain access to an archive of PLUS virtual education, and more. Check out previous posts on this blog to listen to PLUS’s PL Perspectives on Coronavirus podcast, and stay tuned for even more distance education offerings in the future.

Online & On-Demand Professional Liability Insurance Education: PLUS essentials

PLUS essentials is the newest educational of­fering from PLUS—an online platform that presents PLUS’ industry-leading educational content in an interactive and engaging format. PLUS essentials is perfect for young professionals, new hires and support staff, and anyone who need a strong foundation in the primary concepts of professional liability.

Each of the PLUS essentials modules are available on-demand at any computer with internet access, and take just 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The online presentation makes learning fun—the interactive text with integrated audio and video keeps the learner’s attention while the real-time quizzes provide instant feedback and proof of learn­ing.

There are five PLUS essentials courses available to anyone interested in knowing more about professional liability insurance:

  • History of Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) introduces learners to the need for PLI, the history of the indus­try, and how the industry is structured. From these basic building blocks, learners are introduced to the types of profession­als who work in the industry, and some of the sig­nificant tort reforms that have changed it over time.
  • Commercial Gen­eral Liability (CGL) Insurance Basics explains CGL coverage and the historical development of liabil­ity coverage. Students learn the types of exposures CGL insurance responds to, the coverages it provides, and why it will not respond to PL exposures. Finally, it introduces Excess and Umbrella Liability Insurance and explains the similarities and differences between these types of coverage.
  • PLI Concepts provides a glimpse into the features that are unique to Professional Liabil­ity Insurance. Learners discover how PLI policies work, who is covered, and how policies can be tailored for a variety of professional services. Anyone starting out in pro­fessional liability or moving into a career in PLI from other lines of insurance will benefit from taking this course.
  • Introduction to Directors and Officers Li­ability Insurance provides an overview of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, including key reasons why D&O in­surance is essential for directors and officers to­day. The module covers how D&O policies work, the various sources of liability, including state and federal laws, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and reforms such as the Private Securities Liti­gation Reform Act (PSLRA).
  • Introduction to Medical Professional Li­ability Insurance provides a brief history of MedPLI and an overview of the types of facilities and individuals that MedPLI protects. The course reviews the two main forms of coverage—oc­currence and claims-made—and why claims-made coverage is preferable for long tail expo­sures. It also touches on exposures that dentists and other allied healthcare profession­al employees face.

Learners receive documentation of successful completion of each course, and can take an exam to obtain Continuing Education (CE) credits. The exam covering the five-part program is available and approval of CE is pending.

Discover the value of PLUS essentials as a training tool today.