IRES members who have earned the right to put AIE®, CIE®, or CICSR® after their names also must take part in an ongoing program of continuing education known as the National IRES Continuing Education (NICE) Program. This program was established to assure the continuing integrity of the three designations by establishing minimum continuing education standards for those Society members who have earned and choose to maintain their IRES designations.
The NICE Program seeks to ensure that every active designee holder pursues a plan of continuing education throughout his or her career to remain current with issues facing the insurance industry. IRES registers, recognizes and endorses only those designees who are members in good standing and comply with the program on a continuing basis. A designee must remain as a dues paying member of IRES to be a member in good standing. The NICE Program requires 15 hours of qualifying continuing education credit to be earned and reported each year. The rules for qualifying programs were designed to ensure substance and quality, but at the same time allow the maximum flexibility to attend a wide range of educational opportunities, including those with nominal cost. Qualifying programs include, but are not limited to:
- Courses that are more than 50% directly and substantively insurance-related offered by an accredited college, university or recognized insurance education organization or sponsor such as those that IRES relies on to earn the designations.
- Seminars and conferences, such as those offered by IRES, CPCU, NAIC, SOFE and other professional associations.
- Authoring articles that have been published in recognized magazines, journals, and widely distributed industry newsletters
- Being a speaker at events directly related to insurance or insurance regulation.