The Washington Workers Compensation Professional Designation was developed by WSIA and the Industrial Insurance University
Board of Regents in order to provide a quality designation program for
worker's compensation professionals in the state of Washington. With the passage of time, our program has grown to
include employer personnel and Workers’ Compensation professionals responsible
for knowledge of Washington’s workers' compensation system for both
self-insured and state-fund employers.
The WWCP Designation
The WWCP is offered in two, two-day sessions taught by experienced instructors who are recognized leaders in workers' compensation law, claims management, occupational health, and vocational rehabilitation. Individuals who successfully complete both sessions of instruction, complete course requirements, and who successfully complete a final examination, are recognized as Washington Workers' Compensation Professionals, receiving a WWCP certificate and the right to use the WWCP professional designation.
Is WWCP Right for You?
Professionals from all fields of workers' compensation, both self-insured and in the State Fund, will benefit personally and professionally from the WWCP designation, from claims handlers, attorneys, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, nurses, therapists, investigators, and others. It is expected that individuals sitting for the WWCP designation have about three years' experience or more handling time loss claims in Washington, or have attended WSIA's Intro to Claims, Complex Claims, and Wage Calculation courses, and/or our legal issues workshops for preparation.
2019 might be one of the last years to obtain the WWCP designation with just two, two-day sessions. To comply with L&I's new Rules Modernization changes to the state certification and continuing education standards, the WWCP program will be undergoing some changes in 2020 and 2021. Rules Modernization calls for completion of an approved 72-hour "comprehensive, goal-oriented curriculum resulting in a workers' compensation professional designation." Starting as soon as 2020, we expect the WWCP will be such a curriculum, awarded upon the completion of 72 hours of basic, intermediate, and advanced instruction over the course of a year or two.