Making sure your continuing education (CE) is relevant involves completing and documenting 30 hours of CE each year, as required under the U.S. Qualification Standards (USQS). While there are many ways to earn CE, keep in mind it must be relevant to the actuarial services you provide to satisfy USQS requirements. (Actuarial Update, June 2017)
What do the varied stages of life, and one’s professional career, mean for the practical application of professionalism principles to issues actuaries deal with in their everyday work? Joeff Williams, vice president, professionalism, and Committee on Qualifications Chairperson Keith Passwater look at these issues in the context of the Code of Professional Conduct and more. (Actuarial Update, May 2017)
Wondering which actuarial standard of practice (ASOP) applies to a particular situation? Check the Applicability Guidelines, published by the Academy’s Council on Professionalism, which can help actuaries determine which ASOP applies to the task at hand, including those that apply to every assignment. (Actuarial Update, April 2017)
In a four-part series in Contingencies, Academy President Tom Wildsmith examines the infrastructure of actuarial professionalism and how the Academy is instrumental in supporting that infrastructure and the U.S. actuarial profession. Wildsmith terms this infrastructure a “web of professionalism,” and the series explores how the Academy developed these foundational documents and bodies to provide the professionalism framework for the profession:
- The Code of Professional Conduct binds Academy members to the highest standards of conduct, recognizing that all members have a moral responsibility to all the many people who may depend on their work.
- The U.S. Qualification Standards provide actuaries with the guidance needed to meet the ethical obligation to practice competently and responsibly.
- Through the Actuarial Standards Board, the Academy has promulgated 50 actuarial standards of practice covering all areas of actuarial practice.
- Through the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline, the Academy provides the basic disciplinary framework for the profession.
The series was redesigned as a standalone publication. Read it here.
The Robert J. Myers Public Service Award honors an actuary who made an exceptional contribution to the common good, specifically through a single noteworthy public service achievement or a career devoted to public service.
The Jarvis Farley Service Award is a lifetime achievement award presented to an actuary whose volunteer efforts on behalf of the Academy have made significant contributions to the advancement of the profession through a lifetime of service.
- The Outstanding Volunteerism Award honors Academy volunteers who have made a single, noteworthy volunteerism contribution in the past year.
The deadline for nominations is June 30, and the awards will be presented at the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum Nov. 14–15 in Washington.
Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) Vice Chairperson Frank Todisco writes about Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP) No. 32, Social Insurance, which is currently undergoing revision. The ASB created a task force last year to examine ASOP No. 32—which does not fall into any one particular practice area—that met in January and plans to issue a summary of changes and a full exposure draft later this year.
How are actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs) revised and kept current? Beth Fitzgerald, vice chairperson of the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB), explains the 2016 revisions to ASOP Nos. 21, 23, and 24, illustrating how the ASB continues to uphold this charge—seeking and receiving a wide range of ideas and viewpoints within the actuarial profession.
Keith Passwater, chairperson of the Academy’s Committee on Qualifications, outlined three new FAQs about the Qualification Standards for Actuaries Issuing Statements of Actuarial Opinion in the United States on long-term care qualifications, actuaries changing practice areas, and experience under the specific qualification standard. The FAQs are a handy resource that actuaries can consult when they have questions about qualifications.
Academy volunteers—and individuals who are an interested party on a committee, whether an Academy member or not—must annually acknowledge the Academy’s Conflict of Interest (COI) policy, Vice President of Professionalism Joeff Williams writes in his January Actuarial Update column.
“A News Year’s Worth of Professionalism Resources” highlights the Academy’s publications and professionalism webinars, continuing education opportunities, the Code of Professional Conduct, the Actuarial Standards Board’s actuarial standards of practice, the U.S. Qualification Standards, and other resources to help actuaries remain qualified to issue statements of actuarial opinion.
Slides and audio are available to members without charge on the Academy’s webinar page.
Ingrained cultural traditions—such as those found in many regions of the nation—can offer insights into developing a professional culture that can be integrated into actuaries’ daily practice, writes Joeff Williams, the Academy’s new vice president of professionalism.
Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD) Chairperson Janet Fagan outlines the resources and guidance available to actuaries in “ABCD Guidance: A Critical Element of Actuarial Self-Regulation,” covering professional ethics, the need for public confidence, and improving practice.