Our curriculum, more rigorous than ever

Designed with input from the world’s top actuarial employers and educators, our curriculum features a multidisciplinary approach, with deep expertise across practice areas; exclusive e-learning modules for real-world experience; and internationally focused topics for a global perspective. And with recent enhancements—including emphasis on predictive analytics and short-term insurance, in addition to a new, advanced skills assessment methodology—our curriculum is more rigorous and relevant than ever, better meeting the needs of employers and ensuring that FSAs, ASAs and CERAs are immediate assets to their organizations.

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ASA and CERA enhancements

The world of risk, and employer needs, are ever-changing. That’s why we continually review and update our curriculum to ensure that it prepares actuaries with the skills employers require—skills that will help them address the real-world challenges of today, and tomorrow.

Our enhanced ASA and CERA curricula now include a greater focus on predictive analytics and modeling, and better balance short- and long-term insurance.

FSA enhancements

The recent ASA and CERA credential enhancements have given us the opportunity to enhance our FSA curriculum with deeper track-specific topics and predictive analytics material in the following ways:

Realigned and Enriched Topics

We delve deeper into track-specific topics—without adding exams or modules.

Internationally Focused Topics

Students are exposed to more global topics and case studies, to better prepare them to work anywhere in the world.

Predictive Analytics

We’ve added more advanced, hands-on applications for each practice area—beyond the basics covered in the ASA curriculum.

The new FSA exams and modules will be released beginning in late 2018 through 2021.

ASA Curriculum Changes

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Leading the way in predictive analytics education

Now more than ever, predictive analytics skills are in high demand by employers. At the SOA, we’re committed to advancing predictive analytics education for actuaries, giving them and the companies they work for the ability to tackle the challenges of big data and beyond.

In addition to the ASA, CERA and FSA predictive analytics curriculum enhancements, we continue to advance predictive analytics education through our professional development programs:

  • An immersive, hands-on, five-month-long predictive analytics certificate program
  • Predictive analytics seminars in North America and Asia
  • Webcasts, podcasts and an annual symposium on predictive analytics
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New methods for assessing predictive analytics knowledge

Evaluating predictive analytics knowledge via traditional testing has always proven to be a challenge. That’s why we’ve created a new testing model that allows us to better assess a candidate’s ability to master and use fundamental predictive analytics skills to solve real-world challenges. We now administer two exams in our ASA curriculum—one on basic predictive analytics methods and one on applications—via Prometric’s innovative computer-based testing platform. Based on a real-world data set and business problem, candidates must prepare a report that not only presents their solution, but demonstrates their ability to support their answer.

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