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Fall 2007 Basic Education Catalog

Fall 2007 Basic Education Catalog

Admission Requirements to the SOA

 

Associateship (ASA) and Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA)

  1. Who may be admitted
  2. Anyone pursuing actuarial studies may apply for admission to the SOA. If the Board of Governors (BOG) approves the Application for Admission as Associate, the candidate will be enrolled as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) or Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) after completing the educational requirements as prescribed by the BOG, subject to any further requirements that the BOG may prescribe. Membership dues are not charged until the Application is accepted and all requirements prescribed by the BOG have been satisfied.

  3. When and how to apply
  4. The Application for Admission as Associate is separate from the candidate's exam registration and will be issued to candidates at the Associateship Professionalism Course (APC). All candidates attending the APC will be required to fill out the Application for Admission as Associate and turn it in to the APC faculty prior to completing the course. Canadian candidates for Associateship in the SOA attending the CIA's Professionalism Course will also be required to fill out the Application for Admission as Associate and turn it in to the CIA Professionalism Course faculty prior to completing the course. Any questions regarding the application should be directed to the Membership Services Administrator at 847.706.3532.

  5. ASA and CERA Requirements
  6. To attain the ASA or CERA credential, the candidate must successfully complete the course requirements described below, and must have the Application for Admission as an Associate approved by the SOA Board of Governors.

Candidates earn the ASA designation by completing the following requirements:

  1. All candidates must complete Exams P, FM, MLC, MFE and C, collectively known as the preliminary education component. (Credit earned from a passing score on previous administrations of former SOA Courses 1–4 will be converted appropriately.)
  2. All candidates shall satisfy Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) for three subjects: economics, corporate finance and applied statistics. (VEE credit earned from a passing score on Course 2 and/or 4 will be converted appropriately.)
  3. All candidates must complete the Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice (FAP) Modules 1–8 and all related assessments.
  4. All candidates must also complete the Associateship Professionalism Course (APC). Candidates must also have an approved Application for Admission as an Associate on file, as described above.
  5. The CERA credential is an Associate level credential; as such, individuals earning this credential may also refer to themselves as Associates of the SOA.

Candidates earn the CERA credential by completing the following requirements:

  1. All candidates must complete Exams P, FM, MFE, and C. (Credit earned from a passing score on previous administrations of former SOA Courses 1-4 will be converted appropriately.)
  2. All candidates must satisfy Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) for Economics. (VEE credit earned from a passing score on Course 2 will be converted appropriately.)
  3. All candidates must complete the Advanced Finance/ERM examination and the Financial Reporting/Operational Risk FSA module.
  4. All candidates must complete the Associateship Professionalism Course (APC). Candidates must also have an approved Application for Admission as an Associate on file, as described above.

Fellowship

  1. Who may be admitted
  2. An ASA will be admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) after completing the Fellowship educational requirements.

  3. Fellowship Requirements
  4. In 2007, candidates may earn their FSA in one of two ways:

    1. Under the 2000 system requirements, candidates must complete Courses 1–8 and Professional Development (PD) followed by the Fellowship Admissions Course (FAC). The FAC is required of all candidates for Fellowship, and candidates may not attend the FAC until they have completed all requirements. Credit earned from a passing score on previous administrations of former SOA Courses 1–4 will be converted appropriately and can be applied towards these requirements.
    2. Under the new system which took effect from 2007, candidates must complete the preliminary exam requirements, VEE, Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice (FAP) Modules 1–8 and both assessments and
      1. Two FSA Modules*
      2. Examination Company/Sponsor Perspective (CSP)*
      3. Examination Design & Pricing (DP)*
      4. Decision Making and Communication (DMAC) Module
      5. Fellowship Admissions Course (FAC)

      In the new system, candidates may not register for the DMAC module until all other educational requirements are completed. Successful completion of the DMAC module will qualify the candidate to attend the FAC.

      * The FSA modules and FSA exams must be taken within a single specialty track.

      Candidates specializing in U.S. Retirement Benefits must also complete the EA2A and EA2B examinations prior to qualifying for the DMAC Module and the Fellowship Admissions Course.

    3. For candidates holding the CERA credential who proceed onto Fellowship, the following educational requirements must be completed:
      1. VEE for Corporate Finance and Applied Statistics
      2. Exam MLC
      3. Fundamentals of Actuarial Practice (FAP) Modules 1-8 and all related assessments
      4. Financial Economic Theory FSA Exam
      5. Financial Economics FSA Module
      6. Decision Making and Communication (DMAC) Module
      7. Fellowship Admissions Course (FAC)

Candidates may not register for the DMAC module until all other educational requirements are completed. Successful completion of the DMAC module will qualify the candidate to attend the FAC.