Curriculum and Course Classifications is a service of Workers’ Compensation Educational Services, LLC. It is not a certified college or university, and it does not offer “degrees.” It will, however, provide a valuable education and certification that will improve outcomes for injured workers and the people who employ them. We chose the “college” theme to reflect a higher level of learning and understanding, and have designed many of our processes to reflect and honor those elevated aspirations. The many professionals contributing to this community driven effort are dedicated to improving workers’ compensation and meet the noble purpose for which it was created: To assist people in need with a “Whole Person Recovery” mindset, while restoring broken and shattered lives. Our curriculum reflects that vision.

Our planned virtual, on-demand educational program is currently under development, but will offer extensive training in the following schools of study for nationwide interest. The curriculum will consist of core courses with after-session testing to validate comprehension. When all core courses have been successfully completed, students will receive the “Workers’ Recovery Professional” (WRP) certification. Advanced courses will be developed that build upon the foundation of the core for a WRP-Masters certification. Eventually, there will be state-specific course curriculum (e.g. WRP-Texas).

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General Studies

School of Claims (Work Comp 101, best practices, reserving and settlement philosophy, financial incentives driving outcomes, identifying outliers, the basics of underwriting and actuarial science, vendor management, and much more)

School of Humanities (Ethics / integrity to build trust, developing and deploying critical thinking, effective people management skills, stakeholder communication, customer service mindset, redefining the lexicon, discernment of the expectation effect, and much more)

School of Legal (Legal 101, roles & relationships & duties of the attorney, ethics, litigation strategies, AOE / COE, proving causation, presumptions, fraud, MSAs, OSHA, subrogation, and much more)

School of Medical Management (Primary injuries, diagnoses, and treatment in Work Comp, AMA Guides, treatment guidelines and evidence based medicine, chronic pain management best practices, vendor value assessment, pharmacovigilence, the role of different specialties, and much more)

School of Regulatory / Legislative (How laws that directly/indirectly affect Work Comp are created and amended, how to create regulations from/for laws and get them approved, commonalities and differences across jurisdictions, dealing with the changes that result from changes in administrations, guiding principles for how to be an effective voice that takes into account all various inputs, noble purpose vs. pragmatic listening, role of research organizations, and much more)

School of Return to Work (Defining RTW, what is meant by a worker-centric work disability prevention model of RTW, the employer’s role in RTW, measuring progress and how to adjust, recovery for work and recovery for home aren’t that much different, occupational injury prevention strategies, the importance of job descriptions to RTW, and much more)

School of Risk Management (Basics of risk management, the standard work comp insurance policy, claims goals and analytics, rating bureaus, methods of pricing, underwriting process, components of premiums, role of state regulatory bodies on premiums, how to select a broker and insurance carrier, how to read a WC insurance company financial report, audits and oversight (federal, state, court of public opinion), and much more)

School of Stakeholders (Introduction to all system stakeholders, understanding the support system (Bill review, Utilization Review, PBM, network management, PT networks, etc.), WOO (Win Others Over), vendor management overview, public entities, unions and collective bargained agreements, the role of brokers and agents, and much more)

Course Classifications

Our courses will be available by the following defined classifications:

Core – Courses required to achieve the WRP generalist certification per School. The “Core” will be what a student must know to obtain the WRP. It is about best practices, relatively general and be applicable to anyone in any jurisdiction, so when they graduate they are much better equipped to see the full picture. Each Core course will be a minimum of one hour duration.

Elective – Additional optional courses per School, minimum of two required for graduation. All “Elective” courses will be available to anyone engaged in the Alumni Association post-graduation. Unlike Core courses, there will be a constant expansion of Elective courses as new subjects, trends or faculty become available. Elective courses can be either 30 or 60 minutes in duration.

Advanced – “Core” courses for the WRP-Masters certification. “Advanced” core courses would be those required to secure a WRP-Masters. These courses will be a deeper dive into subjects (maybe some of the general subjects or even new subjects) expected in a graduate level course at a real college/university. These courses cannot be taken until after the WRP is achieved. Each Advanced course will be a minimum of one hour duration.

Discipline – “Core” courses for a WRP certification of specific disciplines (e.g. legal, claims, medical). “Discipline” core courses will be specific to a person’s job. For example, a WRP-Medical for the School of Legal would be a deeper dive into the Med/Legal process (UR, dispute resolution, etc.) These courses cannot be taken until after the WRP is achieved. Each Discipline course will be a minimum of one hour duration.

State-specific – “Core” courses for the WRP-state certification (e.g. WRP-Texas, WRP-Georgia, WRP-Florida). “State-specific” core courses are what they need to know for a specific state and may be encouraged or even mandated by state regulatory bodies. For example, what are the legal implications of working in Texas. These may have CE credits associated with them. These courses cannot be taken until after the WRP is achieved. Each State-specific course will be a minimum of one hour duration.

(Development of Advanced, Discipline, and State-specific Courses will occur after the launch of the Core and Elective WRP Certification coursework)

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