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Certification Committee
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As IASIU grew, it became clear that SIU investigators had developed into an experienced, professional body, and the board wanted to do something to award those investigators who had the knowledge and experience that made this profession stand out.  The Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator designation was born in 1997.  This was an experience and knowledge based certification.  Before being considered for the CIFI, an investigator needs at least 3 years’ experience as an insurance investigator, as well as additional experience in insurance or law enforcement.  Education, publications, and fraud training also add points for qualification. When an investigator qualifies, a test is administered.  IASIU partnered with the American Educational Institute to write the test and administer the program.  The test has 50 multiple choice questions, and is still experienced and knowledge based.

In 2008, the Certification Committee appointed a temporary subcommittee of CIFI’s and attorneys to review the test and rewrite portions that were no longer pertinent.  At this time, IASIU took over the administration of the test, saving the fees paid to American Educational Institute.

In order to maintain the CIFI certification, continuing education is required.  60 hours over 3 years of attending fraud training, teaching fraud classes, and having fraud articles published all qualify for these CE hours.  These CE’s are documented on the investigators’ profile on the website.  The continuing education ensures that these investigators stay current with fraud schemes/trends and investigative technology in the ever changing insurance fraud environment.

In 2009, the Certification Committee appointed another subcommittee led by Ryan O’Rear to develop a Certified Insurance Fraud Analyst designation.  A test, which again was based on experience and the ability to manipulate data, was developed and the CIFA program was online in 2011.

In 2010, discussions were started with the European Chapter regarding the CIFI designation.  It was found that 50% of the test was US based.  The committee, led by Mary Sadousky, Gertrude Lehmann and Paul Kuehne reviewed the test.  They found 25 universal questions, and rounded out the CIFI Europe with an essay question.  In June, 2012 the first CIFI Europe test was administered and 5 new European members now hold the CIFI designation.

The Board of Directors in partnership with North American Training Group (NATG) has developed 2 CIFI preparatory courses which are available on line and can be ordered through the website. These courses which rolled out on April 1, 2013, in addition to material contained within the AEI courses FCLS and FCLA prepare the CIFI candidate well for the exam.

Most recently, in July of 2015, after months of planning and Board of Director acceptance, a new designation was born. The Certified Insurance Fraud Representative (CIFR) was announced to the IASIU community. This designation is designed to recognize those fraud awareness conscious claim representatives who are passionate about fraud detection and work closely with the SIU on a daily basis. The fundamental basis for this designation is to create “bench strength” within our siu teams with the potential for moving into the SIU as an investigator. This newly developed certification has been well received. Requirements for the designation is made up of a combination of NICTA courses, ride-alongs, attendance at fraud awareness training events as well as a written testimonial from SIU managemen

Holding one of the IASIU certifications gives the investigator professional recognition in his/her field, ensures consistent high standards throughout the industry, provides highly qualified individuals to investigate insurance fraud and inspires public confidence in the integrity, objectivity and professionalism of insurance investigators.

The Certification committee will continue to revise these tests to keep current with trends and fraud fighting tools.  In the future, the Certification Committee hopes to have a fraud fighting designation that can be earned by claims adjusters.


Certification Committee Members:

Robert Bodoni, CIFI, FCLA, AIC, AIS

Roger Choi


Margaret Fleming, AIC, CIFI, FCLS
South Carolina Farm Bureau

Shay Gause, CIFI, CFE, FCLA

Loni Hand
New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance

Tommy Hansen
Danish Insurance Association

Paul Kuehne, CIFI
Zurich Insurance Company

Louis Larose, CIFI
Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Kerry Marcotte, CIFA, CIFI, FCLS

Katie Misch, CIFA, CIFI
Country Insurance & Financial Services

Mary J. Sadousky, CIFI, FCLA, FCLS

Michael Sinno
National Insurance Crime Bureau

Stephen Spinner
Auto-Owners Insurance 

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