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The CERA qualification is open to all fully qualified actuaries who want to deepen their knowledge and expertise in the field of enterprise risk management (ERM). CERA was established in 2009, today over 4,000 qualified experts are entitled to use the credential. 27 actuarial associations around the world are CERA member associations.
The CERA credential’s mission is to advance the field of enterprise risk management worldwide by providing the preeminent qualification combining technical rigour, practical understanding and professional regulation.
The defining characteristics of the CERA credential as offered by the European Actuarial Academy are:
- Provides the most comprehensive and rigorous training in ERM
- Is a fast-growing globally-recognised credential
- Combines a range of business and professional skills with the mathematics of finance and risk
- Equips risk management professionals to empower better business decisions and more profitable business development
- Has a wide range of applications in insurance and finance, and well beyond
- Is supported by actuarial associations worldwide
- Is recognised and transferable internationally
- Has a rigorous and advanced curriculum underpinned by actuarial science, with an emphasis on ERM and professionalism
- Offers career choices outside the traditional actuarial markets
The Seminar ‘Taxonomy, Modelling and Mitigation of Risks’
The seminar focuses on quantitative analyses of financial and non-financial risks of an insurance company and the effect and possible applications of risk mitigation techniques. After an introduction to the economic valuation of an insurance company, including stochastic valuation models and approximation techniques for life companies, and the building blocks of its economic balance sheet, the risk measure as well as the relevant regulatory requirements of Solvency II will be discussed. Different concepts of risk modelling covering from standard formula to fully internal models will be presented.
After a deep-dive into the risk classification, strategic, reputation and operational risks are dealt with. Afterwards methods for modelling market, credit and underwriting risks will be presented in detail. The discussion of each risk starts with its definition, how it can be identified and distinguished from other risks, and its classification according to SII. The taxonomy is followed by qualitative and quantitative valuation approaches - including scenario analyses, stress tests, deterministic and stochastic assessments, and quantifications according to the standard formula and an internal model. Furthermore, crucial aspects of any model such as assumptions, distributions, calibration and validation are discussed, as well as limitations and criteria for the adequacy of a model for solving a given problem.
Having introduced and discussed the risk modelling, tools and techniques will be discussed that are available in the insurance business to mitigate these risks. That includes the discussion around the implications of reinsurance and securitisation as well as portfolio management. We will also present what life insurance companies subject to traditional with profit business can do to hedge their main risks.
Both elements, risk modelling and measurement as well as risk mitigation, are closely related and interact with each other, what will be reflected in the topics presented and the structure of the seminar.
The consolidated view on risks in a company and an outlook on Group models close the course.
The course has been designed for experienced practitioners who use model results in practice and seek guidance for management decisions. Therefore, the focus is not on technical details but on the understanding of risk models and their results, and on the derivation of management actions. Consequently, examples and case studies are a core component of the seminar.
Organised by the EAA - European Actuarial Academy GmbH in cooperation with the Collegi d’Actuaris de Catalunya