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What Regulators Have to Say

"Participating in the NAIC Designation Program has been an invaluable experience. Too often insurance regulators can become compartmentalized as they focus on their specific areas of expertise. By providing opportunities to explore subjects outside of my day-to-day duties, the Designation Program has strengthened my appreciation for the overall mission of insurance regulation and highlights the need for regulators to understand the importance of the role each of us plays in ensuring a fair, competitive, and financially sound insurance marketplace. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone wishing to enhance their knowledgebase and improve their abilities as regulators enroll in the NAIC Designation Program."

Jason Lapham
Kansas Insurance Department

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Deputy Commissioner of Finance Earns PIR

Joel Sander with Commissioner John D. Doak
Oklahoma Commissioner John D. Doak congratulates Joel Sander Deputy Commissioner of Finance on earning the Professional in Insurance Regulation (PIR) designation.

"I appreciate the encouragement offered by Commissioner Doak. I found the courses to be very rewarding and I believe that regulators will benefit from taking the courses."
Joel Sander, PIR

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The NAIC Insurance Regulator Professional Designation Program

Welcome to the NAIC’s Professional Designation Program! Designed to provide state insurance regulators at all staff levels with an opportunity for professional growth through completion of specific educational requirements, the NAIC-sponsored professional designation will recognize your expertise in insurance regulation. Three levels of designations are available: Associate Professional in Insurance Regulation (APIR), Professional in Insurance Regulation (PIR), and Senior Professional in Insurance Regulation (SPIR). Download the Policies and Procedures to learn more.

“Over the last couple of years the NAIC Insurance Regulator Professional Designation Program has emerged as a preeminent career development program regulatory leaders turn to when seeking to educate themselves or their staffs. What started as a small program with little more than a handful of adventurous participants has grown into a major resource for regulators that has produced hundreds of designees. This is an exciting time to be the Chair of the NAIC Designation Advisory Board.

I encourage regulators to get involved, and join their colleagues from across the country in acquiring important skills needed to meet the demands of regulating the insurance marketplace. Whether you want to get new staff up-to-speed quickly, prepare staff for accreditation reviews, cross train staff to better leverage internal resources, or develop succession plans for your department’s future, the NAIC Designation Program should be part of your strategic plans.”

Tom C. Hirsig
Wyoming Insurance Commissioner and NAIC Designation Advisory Board Chair


Investment Professional in Insurance Regulation (iPIR)

Designed specifically for financial regulators with an interest in investment expertise…an elite, specialized credential offered only by the NAIC. Course developers and instructors are members of NAIC’s unmatched team of investment experts at NAIC’s Capital Markets and Investment Analysis Office in New York.

The iPIR is designed to build on existing APIR and PIR credentialing requirements to establish a new, advanced learning path that emphasizes the development of investment expertise.

Upon completion of the coursework and experiential study, iPIR Designees will be able to:

  • Converse fluently with other investment experts in both the regulatory and insurance industry arenas about investment instruments and current issues in the financial markets
  • Assume the role of “resident investment expert” in the insurance department
  • Function as a liaison between the insurance department and the NAIC’s Capital Markets and Investment Analysis Office

Learn more about the NAIC Designations