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27 Feb - 2 Mar 2017 in Vienna

CERA, Module A: Foundations and Quantitative Methods of ERM

CERA Education.

Over the last decade, the concept of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) has gained significant momentum in the insurance industry and beyond. This came with the recognition of risk as being something not per se to be avoided, but to be optimally exploited in the frame of a company’s risk appetite. ERM is going beyond traditional risk management in that it is holistic, and encompasses strategic risk management as well as risk culture.

Many of these developments are reflected in regulatory changes, such as Solvency II (although these focus on policyholder protection and less on opportunities). Solvency II requires an actuarial and a risk management function in all (re-)insurance undertakings. Actuaries should see this as an opportunity to broaden their role, and to show that they are ideally equipped to carry out these tasks.

Against this backdrop, in November 2009, several actuarial associations launched the CERA credential as a global risk management designation for actuaries. CERA pursues the following goals:

  • Strengthen international recognition of the actuarial profession’s enterprise risk management (ERM) expertise
  • Promote the development of more actuaries internationally with training in ERM
  • Present new opportunities for actuaries worldwide to use their expertise in an expanding range of areas
  • Send a strong message to employers and candidates that the skill set of actuaries offers significant risk management expertise

Based on the 2011-implemented education und examination system of the German Actuarial Association, the EAA offers a series of training courses and exams (through DAV) to study for the CERA designation to all actuaries who want to deepen their knowledge in Enterprise Risk Management.

By passing this training and examination course, members of the German Actuarial Association gain their CERA designation. Members of other national actuarial associations have to get in touch with their association to check the possibilities to use the EAA route.

The Seminar ‘Foundations and Quantitative Methods of ERM’

The 4 day seminar consists of two parts. In the first part the topic Enterprise Risk Management will be introduced. Moreover, the background of the CERA education will be explained. Topics discussed include CERA basics, value creation by ERM, elements of ERM, selection of a suitable ERM and ERM culture and governance.

The second part of the seminar assists actuaries in broadening their knowledge about modern quantitative financial and actuarial modelling, which form an essential part of the CERA syllabus. It begins with an introduction to the modern theory of risk measures. Next a number of statistical techniques will be discussed that are highly relevant for the analysis of actuarial and financial data and for the model-building process in risk management. Among others, extreme value theory, dependence modelling and copulas and various aspects of integrated risk management will be discussed. The seminar continues with an introduction to the modelling and the management of interest-rate and credit risk. In particular, participants will learn how to price simple interest options or Credit Default Swaps, how to compute risk measures for a bond portfolio and how to account for counterparty risk.

Part two consists of lectures and exercise sessions. In fact, exercise sessions where various exercises and supplementary examples are discussed form an integral part of the seminar: they help the participants to understand the qualitative and quantitative techniques introduced in the lectures and they are a key element in the preparation for the CERA exam.

Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Österreichische Förderungsgesellschaft der Versicherungsmathematik (ÖFdV) GmbH.


The seminar is open to all persons who are interested to obtain comprehensive skills on Enterprise Risk Management. Given the fairly quantitative nature of the material discussed in the second part participants should be familiar with basic results of modern statistics, actuarial and financial mathematics. We recommend that participants with weaker quantitative skills do some preparatory reading, using for instance the slides and lecture notes of the course.

During this seminar, you will not need your laptop.

Purpose and Nature

This seminar is one part in a course that consists of four modules. They can be booked as a whole series to fulfil the requirements for receiving the CERA designation, or individually as CPD training. Written exams on the course are offered subsequently.

Please contact your actuarial association regarding the recognition of the seminars and the exams. The national association has to be at least Acceding Party of the CERA Global Association so that an actuary who passes this course may receive the CERA credential. Please visit to get information if your association is entitled to issue the CERA designation.


The language of the seminar will be English. The exam will be, as per your preference, in German or English (to be chosen onsite).


Dr Peter Brühne

Rüdiger Frey
Rüdiger Frey is Professor of Mathematics and Finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Prior to that he held positions as Professor of Optimization and Financial Mathematics at the University of Leipzig and various academic positions at the University of Zurich and at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He holds a diploma in mathematics from the University of Bonn where he received his PhD in financial economics in 1996. His main research fields are quantitative risk management, dynamic credit risk models and the pricing and hedging of derivatives under incompleteness and market frictions. Rüdiger has published research papers in leading international academic journals and has given seminars at a number of important international conferences and institutions. He is coauthor of the popular book "Quantitative Risk Management: Concepts Techniques & Tools" (Princeton University Press, second edition  2015), which was rated as one of the Top 10 Technical Books of 2006 on Financial Engineering, by Financial Engineering News. Rüdiger has also been involved in consulting projects for Swiss and German insurance companies and banks and is frequently giving practitioner training courses.

Dr Irene Merk
Irene Merk holds the position of “team leader risk reporting and monitoring” at SCOR Global Life SE in Cologne, and is a Certified Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA). She joined the German Actuarial Association DAV in 2004, where she is member of the Risk Management working group, and lecturer for various seminars Irene Merk read physics and computer science at RWTH Aachen and joined the reinsurance industry in 2001.

Eberhard Müller
Dipl. Math. Eberhard Müller, born 1950, studied mathematics in Hamburg. In 1982 he joined Hannover Re. Until 2015 he served as Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director of the Group Risk Management division (GRM), reporting to the chairman and working with more than 85 employees. After his retirement in January 2016 he now runs his own consultancy riskmueller consulting GmbH. Eberhard Müller is member of the DAV since 1994. He represents the DAV in the ASTIN committee of the IAA and is member of several national and international working parties.

Axel Wolfstein
Axel Wolfstein, born 1960, read mathematics and became a member of the German Actuarial Association DAV in 1995. From 1989 to1995 he worked in the statistical department of the German insurance association (GDV), and went on from 1995 to 2005 as Head of statistical department of the Verband öffentlicher Versicherer (association of public insurers). Since 2005, he is director of product management at Direct Line Versicherung AG, and member of the extended board. He is member of several working groups and lecturing also for the actuarial exam.

Jochen Wolf
Since 2005, Jochen Wolf has been Professor for Mathematics and Economics at the Hochschule Koblenz. Before that he worked for several years at the German financial supervisor BaFin where he was responsible for various aspects of insurance supervision. At BaFin he was also involved in the Solvency II project. Prior to joining BaFin, Prof. Wolf held various research positions in stochastic analysis at Universität Jena and at the Université Paris-Nord. He holds a diploma in mathematics from the Universität Mainz and a doctorate in mathematics (focus probability) from the Universität Jena. Professor Wolf is actively involved in the actuarial education at the German actuarial association (DAV).

Venue & Accommodation

The seminar will take place at the

Seminarhotel Springer-Schlössl
Tivoligasse 73
1120 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 813392935

We have arranged special prices for accommodation. A single room costs 85 € per night, including breakfast, VAT and city tax. This price is valid for bookings out of our allotment "EAA Seminar" until 5 February 2017. Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel. Kindly book early, as our allotment includes a limited number of rooms, and note the hotel’s cancellation policy.

​​CERA Exams

The CERA exams are organised by the Deutsche Aktu​arvereinigung e. V. (German Association of Actuaries) in German and English. View details.
For further information and exam registrations, please contact Tim Kampmann at If this would be your first CERA exam, please kindly send a certificate confirming that you are a full member of your actuarial association via e-mail in addition.