Course Code

  • UWI


  • City of London

CPD Credits

  • 6
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Course Overview

Gain the broad knowledge and industry insight you need for a successful career in the insurance industry

At its heart, insurance is very simple: risk is accepted in return for premium. Done properly, the customer gets the protection they want and the insurer makes a profit. Insurance may be perceived as being boring but the reality is that it is a dynamic, challenging and highly competitive industry: more so now than ever before.

This course is intentionally distinct from the more traditional “introduction to insurance” course aimed at new joiners at the start of a technical career. This is designed for managers and professionals who are new to the industry, perhaps in direct or indirect supporting roles. They need to understand the insurance industry, its structure and business models, its processes and language and – most importantly- the critical success factors, opportunities and challenges it faces today.

It is especially relevant to senior managers from across the financial services industry whose roles may be in other sectors but who might nevertheless come into contact with insurance.

You’ll gain all the technical, regulatory and market information you need to support your professional development.

  • Explain the insurance business models across Life and General insurance
  • Summarise briefly the legal principles of insurance and the contract: the policy
  • Distinguish the major types and operation of insurance companies
  • Explain the unique characteristics of the London subscription market
  • Explain the centrality of capital, and the industry’s unique dual use of capital
  • Explore and describe the key drivers of profit: underwriting, reinsurance, claims and investment
  • Outline the principal ways that insurance is sold distributed, and the implications of each
  • Describe the main systemic industry risks and how industry regulation mirrors them.

The Course Agenda

The insurance business model

  • Meeting customer needs and making a profit: the challenge of selling a product before you know the product costs.
  • The main differences between life and general insurance
  • A summary of the principles of insurance and how they embedded in the policy. And contract certainty!

Types of insurances companies

  • General insurers
  • Reinsurers
  • Life offices
  • Composities
  • Monolines
  • Mutuals
  • MGAs
  • Captives

Distribution dynamics

  • Who sells
  • Who buys
  • The intermediaries and everything in between

The London subscription market

  • Lloyds and the companies’ market

The insurance process

  • Capital and capacity: risk-based capital management.
  • Underwriting: “there is no such thing as a bad risk, just a bad price”
  • The relationship between insurance and reinsurance: Managing risk and improving capital efficiency comes at a cost.
  • Claims: “reserving: the key Profit and Loss driver
  • Investment: is investment income a bonus or a requirement. “An investment trust with a rather expensive hobby”? Warren Buffet
  • The key performance ratios: ROC, ROE, Combined Ratio

Industry risks and challenges

  • Capital adequacy and governance (Solvency II)
  • Business model disrupters and economic/social/ climate change
  • How is the industry evolving to meet them?

An introduction to how insurance is regulated

  • Achieving customer protection
  • Maintaining industry confidence and mitigating financial risk
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Meet The Tutor

John Constable


John has worked in insurance since 1991, in senior learning and development and compliance roles in both insurers and brokers. A training consultant since 2005, John designs and delivers interactive regulatory, risk, financial and business skill training for brokers and insurers. He brings a unique blend of experience, commercial awareness, credibility and pure energy. More importantly he brings a broad multi functional perspective: the antidote to the traditional insurance “silo culture” and is equally effective at all levels: from induction training to Board level.

John has a BA (Hons) in History from Kings College London, holds a financial qualification from the Open University, a Diploma in Management from Henley Management College and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. His published articles have covered financial crime, learning and development strategies, operational risk management and Solvency II.

Who is this course for?

It’s perfect for senior managers from across the financial services industry whose roles may be in other sectors but who might nevertheless come into contact with insurance.

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With first hand industry knowledge and an intimate understanding of the regulatory environment, we always guide you with an expert (and friendly) hand.

Packed with relevant information

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Sessions are practical workshops not PowerPoint lectures. All courses are limited to no more than 14 attendees, so we’re able to explain concepts in the context of your business.

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