12/13 Mar 2018 in Vienna

CERA, Module C: Processes in 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.

The Seminar ‘Processes in ERM’

This module deals with the challenges of implementing ERM Processes. It includes requirements on ERM Processes and the discussion of best practices. It will be presented how to define an organisation’s risk strategy, risk appetite, risk tolerances and limits. We discuss how business strategy influences risk strategy and show their necessary interaction. We demonstrate the close relationship between ERM and Value and Risk Based Management and show how financial and other risks influence the selection of strategy. We show how ERM can be appropriately imbedded in an entity’s strategic planning and discuss the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment. We present the application of an internal risk control process. In the context of ERM reports to different stakeholders are required (management, supervisory body, regulators, public disclosure). We give an overview of the different reports and the main contents. Further we show examples of communication processes in the context of ERM. During the seminar we present case studies to discuss the main subjects.

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


The seminar is open to anybody who is interested in obtaining comprehensive skills on Enterprise Risk Management.

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 www.ceraglobal.org 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 in German or English (to be chosen onsite).


Sanda Cagalj

Andreas Schlögl

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 24 February 2018. 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 tim.kampmann@aktuar.de. 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.